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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

Dubuque Fine Arts Players One Acts Plays 2013

Dubuque Fine Arts Players
Produces Winning One-Act Plays – From Its 36th Annual National Contest
August 22, 23 and 24, 2013 – 7:30pm

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

World premiere performances of three outstanding new theater works will be presented by Dubuque Fine Arts Players in its 36th Annual National One-Act Play Festival on August 22-24.

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 3 prize winners and determine which plays will be produced and staged by local volunteer actors, directors, and technicians.

For a second 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 will make this a memorable evening of live theatre for Festival patrons.  This year’s plays are powerful statements about survival, life, and death:

  • First Prize: Like Music by Eleanor Kennedy of Chatham, NJ.  This is a thoughtful play about missed connections, and making choices when everything on the menu looks good.  Directed by Danny Fairchild, the cast includes Valerie Heitzman, Nicholas Johnson, and Aaron Pozdol.
  • Second Prize: Last Days of Wonder by Tess Light of Los Alamos, NM.  Near the end of her counter-cultural life, a mother finds ways to connect with both of her daughters. This drama directed by Jill Heitzman features Michele McKinlay, Maggie Pickering, and Mary Schreiber.
  • Third Prize: The Favor by D.C. Savadge of New York, NY.  In this insightful drama directed by Matt Zanger, two women at the beach realize their time has come.  The cast includes Lisa Anderson and Marion Roberts Lubinski.

Performances of this year’s one act plays will be August 22, 23 and 24(Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) at 7:30 pm at Mindframe Theaters, behind Kennedy Mall in Dubuque. 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.

DFAP Presents: 35th Annual National One-Act Play Festival

World premiere performances of three outstanding new theater works will be presented by Dubuque Fine Arts Players in its 35th Annual National One-Act Play Festival on August 24-25.

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 (the 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 3 prize winners and determine which plays will be produced and staged by local volunteer actors, directors, and technicians.

There are several unusual elements about this year’s Festival.  First, all three plays that will be produced are comedies.  Second, one of the winning plays required more complicated staging than the local company could afford, and so it wins the prize but the fourth place play will be produced instead.  Third, rather than using a traditional dramatic stage, this year’s productions will be at Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque, through a partnership with Mindframe.  Special lighting and stage embellishments, using film clips during pre-show and intermission periods, and the availability of refreshments will make this a memorable evening of live theatre for Festival patrons.

The First Prize winner is I Can Feel It Coming On by Carl Williams of Houston TX.  This hilarious psychosomatic comedy is directed by Melissa McGuire, and features Lynda Eigenberger, Phil Jackman, and Terri Jackman.

The Second Prize play (not being produced) is a serious drama, Lincoln and the Slave Catcher, by J. C. Ladenheeim of Teaneck, NJ.

Third Prize goes to Raising Zombie Awareness by Christopher Morse of Idyllwild, CA.  This comedy directed by Michele McKinlay explores the humorous interactions between the director of a zombie advocacy group and a local newspaper reporter sent to write an investigative report. Cast includes Molly Barczak, Dan Fairchild, Valerie Heitzman, and Dakota Vaassen.

Fourth Prize was won by Divorce First Class, written by Geophrey Craig of Great Barrington, MA. In this delicious comedy directed by Bill Hoerstman, a divorcing couple turn the tables on their colluding divorce lawyers.  The cast includes Ryan Decker, Jon Herrig, Katherine Kluseman, and Carrie Pozdol.        .

Performances of this year’s one act plays will be August 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm at Mindframe Theaters, behind Kennedy Mall in Dubuque. An opportunity to meet the directors, actors and possibly some playwrights for discussion will follow the performances each night. Tickets are $13.00 at the door.