As the lights come up on Broadway, so too will they brighten the stage at Phillips’ Mill at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, with a live play reading –– to a live audience –– the first since the pandemic closed theater doors.
Twelve actors will bring to life the six short plays of the playwrights of the Phillips’ Mill 4th annual Juried Emerging Playwright Competition. Chosen by this year’s panel of jurors, Judy Hallberg, Kimberly Kalaja and Wilbert Turner the winning plays and playwrights are: “The Wonderer” by Lynda Crawford; “Beware the Kraken” by Sherry Friedman; “Northern Lights” by Nancy Vander Zwan; “The Advocate” by Kate Thomas; “Blighted” by Dominique Cieri; and “The Eulogy” by Jeff Stolzer.
The Emerging Playwright Competition cultivates original works for the stage and brings to the audience talented playwrights at all stages of their writing careers.
“We welcome the community to attend the readings and participate in a Q & A,” said Phillips’ Mill Drama Chair Valerie Eastburn.
Playwright Sherry Friedman said she is “thrilled for the opportunity to see my work read live after almost two years of having my plays done in virtual performances. Sharing the space with live actors once again who can relate to each other while we experience the reactions of a live audience will mean so much to me in the development of my work.”
Added Eastburn, “The Mill is creating a valuable opportunity for the playwright to gain insight into how an audience responds to their play. This feedback is critical for further development of the play and playwright, and the audience is an integral part of that process.”