In partnership with the NH Humanities Council, Prescott Park Arts Festival has announced the three finalists chosen for its first ever playwright challenge, 30 Pages in 30 Days. Following thirty consecutive days of writing this past November, submissions from these local playwrights were entered into the Festival’s off season competition, challenging playwrights to address complex social topics affecting our communities.
The three finalist chosen; Catherine Stewart, Susan Sinnot, and Sharleigh Watson are slated to present staged readings of their one acts at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre on Friday, February 24th at 7pm. The staged readings will be performed in front of a live audience and a judge’s panel. Following a talkback session with the playwrights, a winner will be selected and presented with the grand prize: a cash prize of $500, and their play will be performed on the Festival’s Wilcox Industries Main Stage during their 43rd summer season.
“It’s a great opportunity to engage the local arts community in theatre, and to showcase playwriting as a safe medium to express – and be exposed to – difficult issues that we are all grappling with,” Prescott Park Arts Festival President Ben Anderson says. “Providing our region’s own talented writers and artists the chance to present their works on the park stage is something that speaks very clearly to our mission. Utilizing theatre as a mechanism for healing and understanding is a longstanding tradition. We are honored, along with the support of NHHC, to make this project possible.”
In October, participants were invited to attended workshops facilitated by Award-Winning Playwrights David Kaye, Chair of the UNH Department and Genevieve Aichele, Artistic Director of the New Hampshire Theatre Project. These workshops were set to guide the participating playwrights on how to write a producible play, while focusing on the complex social issues that are affecting our communities. Once completed, writers spent 30 days in November creating their very own one act plays. Submissions were reviewed by a selection committee and three finalists were chosen.
Over the past few weeks, the Playwrights have met with the selection committee for feedback. Directors have been chosen and actors are preparing for the culmination of staged readings to be presented at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre on February 24th. The event kicks off at 7pm with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.
For more information, visit Prescottpark.org/30in30, or contact Ben Anderson, President, at 603-436-2848 or at firstname.lastname@example.org