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MARIO FRATTI - FRED NEWMAN POLITICAL PLAY CONTEST

2017 CONTEST WINNERS AND READING DATES:

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM    

Dare
  •    by Allan Baker    •    directed by Mary Fridley


Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM  

david and alice and sophie broke up    •  
  by Joel Fishbane    •    directed by B. Todd Johnston

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About the Play and Playwrights:

Dare by Allan Baker

Dare is the story of an elderly gay man whose desire to die on his own terms sparks an impassioned challenge from his younger gay doctor. The conversation that follows is an intense exploration of love, friendship, AIDS and activism – and a celebration of the rule-breakers who came before us, paving the way for same-sex marriage legislation in 2015. As funny as it is intimate, Dare is a touching reminder that the lessons of history must be part of any struggle for a better and more accepting world. This play weaves together the history of gay liberation, the enduring threat of homophobia, the impact of AIDS, aging in the gay community, end of life issues, the argument between advocates of gay “assimilation” and gay “radicalism” ... and the vital role of drag queens.

A note from the playwright:
"After retiring and after a decade as a gay rights activist in Texas, I began writing in 2004 and have since written thirteen plays, all but one with gay characters and themes.  By 2018, eleven of these plays will have been on stage, in a total of twenty-two productions and seven staged readings, from coast to coast in the US and from Guam to Canada, internationally.  For information about my plays and their productions, you may visit my website at abbyproductions.com.

"When I turned from political activism to writing plays, it was because I realized that, in the intimate setting of theatre, the dramatic action and journey of the characters, set immediately before the audience, aims directly for the emotions and emotional life of the audience.  My activism had aimed to win minds; I then decided to attempt to win hearts. And a heart, won, is a far more powerful ally than a mind, convinced."

david and alice and sophie broke up by Joel Fishbane

Set in the second half of 2015, the play begins in the aftermath of the Ashley Madison leaks, which have led to the break-up of David, Alice, and Sophie, a trio of New Yorkers who have been in a ménage à trois for several years. Their break up causes a crisis in the marriage of their friends, Frankie and Kendrick. As the summer rumbles on, the characters are forced to confront their own choices when it comes to sex and love and monogamy.

Joel Fishbane is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. His plays have been produced, developed, or otherwise honored at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the NAAA Playreading Festival, the Dayton Playhouse Futurefest, the BBC International Radio Playwriting Contest, the Drip Action Theatre Trail Festival, Alumnae Theatre's New Ideas Festival, Theatre Three Festival of One Act Plays, and Infinitheatre's Write-On-Q Playwriting Contest. He is the winner of the Georgia Theatre Conference One Act Play Contest (2013), and the Toronto Fringe New Play Contest (2010). Joel's debut novel "The Thunder of Giants" is available from St. Martin's Press, while his fiction and non-fiction has been widely published in such varied places as the Writer, the Saturday Evening Post, New England Review, and nerve.com.

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $8 for Castillo Theatre members.

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2017 Finalists:

Hostage    by Michelle Kholos Brooks
Shirley and Bella    by Glenn Farrington
The Politics of Fabulousness    by Judy Klass
Ebenezer Creek    by James McLindon
Acceptance (the mandy cooke play)    by Nicholas Vasilios Pappas
Nadleehi and the Coyote    by Patricia Reynoso
I'm Walking to New Orleans    by Susan Sher


About the Contest:

The Castillo Theatre sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest and reading series bi-annually. The contest is intended to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities. 

The contest encourages scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.  Castillo welcomes scripts from all countries and cultures. 

The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

A team of distinguished theatre artists judges the contest. The winning script(s) receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2017-summer season (dates above!).

Submissions for the 2017 contest are of course closed.

We will accept scripts for the 2019 contest beginning October 1, 2017 with a deadline of July 1, 2018.