Dubuque One Acts

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Produces Premieres of Winning One-Act Plays –
From Its 38th Annual National Contest
August 20, 21 and 22, 2015 – 7:30pm

Nation’s oldest one-act play writing contest premieres three prize-winning dramas on Mindframe’s stage.

World premiere live performances of three outstanding new theater works will be presented by Dubuque Fine Arts Players in its 38th Annual National One-Act Play Festival on August 20-22.

The performances are winners in Dubuque’s contest, the longest established one-act playwriting contests in the nation. Since 1977, the Dubuque Fine Arts Players (a theater wing of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society) have sponsored a national one-act playwriting contest and have offered productions of the winning scripts.

The contest is a unique theater tradition. Every year playwrights from around the US and several foreign countries submit unproduced original one-act plays to the contest. Each script goes through a rigorous screening process in which scripts are read by a panel of volunteer script readers. What makes the contest unique is that the readers represent people from all walks of life in the community. After multiple readings, the top ten scripts from this process are then evaluated by a panel of directors and final judges who select the three prize winners and determine which plays will be produced and staged by local volunteer actors, directors, and technicians.

For a third year, the productions will be at Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque, through a partnership with Mindframe.  Special lighting and stage embellishments and the availability of refreshments have made this a popular and memorable evening of live theatre for Festival patrons.  This year’s plays are provocative, humorous and thoughtful:

  • First Prize: The Other Half by Garry Michael Kluger (LaCrescenta, CA), directed by Lynda Mackie and featuring Lisa Anderson, Stephanie Bussan, Melissa McGuire, and Pearl Olson. A drama with some wonderful comedic moments, in which three women come to grips with a woman they thought they knew.
  • Second Prize: No Koch, Pepski by Ed Gross (Westwood, NJ), directed by Carrie Pozdol, with performances by James Brown, Aaron Pozdol, and Art Roche. A clever satirical commentary on the current state of political campaign finance.
  • Third Prize: Love in a Minor Key by David Finney (Chicago, IL), directed by Dan Fairchild. Actors include Robert Armstrong, Ryan Michael Decker, Jan Haverland,  Lynsay Haverland, and Lisa Pence.  A comedy about a widower trying to move on emotionally and physically.

Performances of this year’s one act plays will be August 20, 21 and 22 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) at 7:30 pm at Mindframe Theaters, behind Kennedy Mall in Dubuque. All three plays are shown each evening.  An opportunity to meet the directors, actors and possibly some playwrights for discussion will follow the performances each night. Tickets are $15.00 at the door, $10 for college students with ID and younger.   More at www.dbqoneacts.org.

Contact information for the winning playwrights and the three directors is available on request.  One Act Festival Doug Art

Mississippi River Art Workshops

Welcome to Mississippi River Arts Workshops.  Our initiative was organized in late 2014 by a group of Dubuque area artists and arts supporters who recognize the unique beauty of the community and surroundings.  Our goal is to create art experiences for artists which explore and capitalize on this natural and man-created beauty.  We will focus initially on painting, but will broaden our focus as we move forward.  More Information click here.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Meet & Greet

Friday September 26, 2014 6-8PM
Riverlights Book Store, 1098 Main St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001Meet & Greet 2014 poster

The DAWG annual Meet & Greet is an opportunity for members of the community to learn about the guild, enjoy refreshments, listen to work read by local authors and even read work themselves! If you love to write, love to read, love to hear written work, love writers or even just love refreshments, we’d be thrilled to see you there!

RED

Trainwreck Productions presents
RED by John Logan
Voices from the Warehouse, 10th and Jackson
Wednesday & Thursday, September 24 & 25
7:30 p.m. (doors/speakeasy open at 7:00 p.m.)
$10 at the door

“What do you see?” Famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko asks his young assistant, Ken, the loaded question. What’s art? And who gets to decide anyway? It’s 1958, and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art. He and Ken work feverishly in his New York studio until Ken begins to realize his answers to those fundamental questions about art are very different than his mentor’s. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Play, this sizzling 90-minute drama is one of the most intellectually riveting shows to recently hit Broadway. Doug Donald, Loras College Director of Theatre, as Rothko and Ryan Decker, TWP Artistic Director, as Ken. Michelle Blanchard directs.

Voices X, the tenth anniversary of the month-long gallery exhibit and arts programs, and the warehouse itself is a perfect setting for this story to unfold. As the characters grapple with art, they too struggle to create a monumental work for an extraordinary setting.

More info at www.TrainwreckProductions.orgRED image

NashStock

nash stock photoNash Gallery’s latest group exhibit, Psychedelia, will be on display. Meaning “mind manifesting,” works depict the inner world of the psyche. The style frequently manifests in kaleidoscopically swirling patterns, but also revolutionary political, social, and spiritual sentiments inspired by insights derived from psychedelic states of consciousness.

Psychedelia exhibit open from August 16 through October 5.  Gallery hours are 12:00-4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with free admission.