Submit Your One-Act Play:  Competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

Submit your one-act play! The Hoffman Center for the Arts is hosting a new one-act play competition. Submissions are due January 14, 2017. Each entry will be randomly assigned to one of three judges. All submissions will be blind submissions for judging (guidelines below). The top three submissions will be performed in a Reader’s Theater event at the HCA on Friday, June 9, 2017.

Anyone interested in participating in the Reader’s Theater contact Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

The judges:

Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem is an accomplished local actor with the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts, The Coaster and Riverbend Players. She has adapted material for  and directed  and read in readers theater as well as acted in multi-act plays.

George Dzundza of Tillamook is well known as a character actor for his roles on stage and in front of the camera, including among others “The Deer Hunter” and “Basic Instinct,” and performances on “Law & Order” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dzunda has been involved in productions on Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional theater, dinner theater and community theater. He is founding member of the coastal nonprofit Rising Tide Productions and recently directed the play “I am My Own Wife” at NCRD in Nehalem.

Gail Balden is the author of The Coaster Theatre—A Dream Realized, a twenty-year history of the Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach, and A Place to Play, a humorous tale of backstage life at the Coaster Theater that appeared in Oregon 150, a collection of stories by Oregon State University on the state’s 150 birthday in 2009.  After adapting Charles Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol for the Coaster stage in the 1990’s, she went on to direct and star in numerous stage plays at the Coaster for fifteen years.

She is director of Creative Journeys, a writing institute originated on the Oregon Coast, and teaches writing classes and retreats in Oregon, Arizona, and Michigan.

 

Guidelines for submission of One-Act Play for Competition:

Note: if you’d like a detailed handout on One-Act Play writing please send a request to Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

  1. Format: Microsoft Word document. Play title only on document; do not include your name. One act plays should be 30 minutes or less which equates to a script of 30 pages or fewer.

Play description should begin with brief description of setting and a list of characters, including any important characteristics (age, gender, etc.)  Note: as these will be performed as Readers’ Theater, use stage directions sparingly if at all.

Character name should be in caps followed by dialog. Use one blank line after each character’s dialog, for readability.

  1. Send as an attachment by email to Sue Jelineo at Suzanne Jelineo <sjelineo@nehalemtel.net> . Include in email message: Title of Play; your full name; Short writer’s bio, max 50 words.
  2. Deadline for submission: January 14, 2017.
  3. Judges choices of top 3 plays will be made by March 1. Plays will be performed as Readers’ Theater on Friday, June 9 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Story Time for Grown Ups Returns on May 5th

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, May 5th at 7 p.m.  Called “One Never Knows, Do One?”, she will share stories and poems about surprise, wonder and the unexpected.  As always, the material will be rich in both humor and poignancy.  Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups three times before to enthusiastic audiences.

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas,  and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance.  She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  She appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.

 

Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole on March 12

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, March 12 at 7p.m.  This time Liz has chosen the theme of “Turning Points”.  She will share stories and poems about those surprising events that change our lives forever, whether or not we recognize it at the time.  As always, the material will be rich in both humor and poignancy.  Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups twice before to enthusiastic audiences.

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas, and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance. She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  She appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited.  Refreshments will be served.

Staged Reading of ‘Riva Beside Me’ on July 19th

RivaCast-WithNames (2)The Hoffman Center is sponsoring a staged reading from the novel, “Riva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966,” by Carla Perry. The performance takes place on Saturday, July 19th, at 7 pm. A suggested donation of $10 is gratefully appreciated.

The script for the staged readings is excerpted from the book, narrowed down to focus on just four of the characters. The cast includes SARAH GAYLE as “Riva,” HOVEY GROSVENOR as “Richard,” KE EDMISTEN as “The Mother,” and WAYNE PLOURDE  as “The Narrator.” Author CARLA PERRY will be on hand to introduce the show and answer questions afterward. The novel, “Riva Beside Me,” is based on real life, growing up in Manhattan in a dysfunctional family. But the story is one of transition and hope, where humor and love prevail. The story makes it obvious that angels walk among us. Staged readings have already been performed to SRO crowds in Toledo, Portland, and at Canyon Way Bookstore. It has also been performed at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

“After experiencing the staged reading at Canyon Way, I bought a copy of “Riva Beside Me,” and have just finished it. I was swept away by the subtle details and enormous visual context gained by reading the novel in its entirety. It was obviously an extraordinary experience for the audience, for the four actors, and indeed for my friends who came with me. I am thrilled to see that you have scheduled additional readings.”  Barbara Gast, Summit.

Paperback copies of “Riva Beside Me” will be available for sale and autographing at the Hoffman Center. The book is also available at Powell’s Books in Portland, and in Newport at Canyon Way, Nye Beach Bookhouse, Things Rich and Strange, and at the Toledo and Newport public libraries. E-Books are available through Amazon, KOBO, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.

For those interested in hosting a staged reading of “Riva Beside Me,” and for all other information, contact info@dancingmoonpress.com, or call 541-574-7708.

Another Storytime for Grownups on Feb 20

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Another Storytime for Grownups with Liz Cole at the Hoffman Center on February 20.

Liz Cole will perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7p.m.  This time Liz has chosen the theme of “Darkness Into Light: Readings for Mid-Winter.”  There will be stories and poems about the season of transition from deep winter moving slowly into early spring.  The material will be rich in both humor and poignancy.  Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

 Liz last held a Storytime for Grownups at the Hoffman Center in November of last year using a framework of “The Seven Ages of Man” by William Shakespeare.

 Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas,  and many others.

 She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance.  She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

 Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  Recently she appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

 To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $5 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.

Storytime for Grown-ups on November 7

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Save the Date for Storytime for Grownups with Liz Cole at the Hoffman Center November 7th

Liz Cole will perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, November 7th at 7p.m.  Titled Storytime for Grownups, Liz will read “great, funny, and moving pieces that I feel passionate about.”

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas,  and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance.  She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  Most recently she appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

Liz last performed a staged reading at the Hoffman Center in May, 2010.  She directed and acted in the title role of Bryan Harnetiaux’s play, Vesta, an intimate drama that examines an ordinary family’s struggle with end-of-life issues..

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $5 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.

Hoffapalooza 2011 a Great Success

Our first  Hoffapalooza, held Saturday, July 23, 2011 was conceived as an opportunity to show off the wide variety of programs that go on at the Hoffman Center, and to show them off all at once. In a six-hour timespan we had hundreds of people come through the building. A frequent comment, even from full-locals, was, “I had no idea there was this much going on.” It was great to hear that. It meant we were successful.

Check the gallery for some photos of the big day.

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Churchill Readings at the Hoffman Center

Staged reading of Churchill speeches on November 14

The Hoffman Center in Manzanita will present an evening of readings from the speeches of Winston Churchill, Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

 Most of the addresses were made to the British and American people between 1938 and 1941, when the balance of power in the world was threatened by Nazi Germany. Churchill’s father was British, his mother American, and in his talks he called on both peoples to respond to the threat.

 Readers will be Dave Bell, Lynn Hadley, Stewart Martin, Peter Nunn, Ahna Ortiz, Margaret Page and Richard Speer.

 “Many feel these are the words that saved western civilization. They are surely among the most honored and respected in the history of the English language,” said director Richard Speer. “I hope that all will take from the readings an appreciation of the heroism and courage of the man who made them and the people who first heard and then responded to them.”

 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, famed politician, statesman and orator, served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945, and from 1951 to 1955. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. Ten years later, he became the first person named an Honorary Citizen of the United States.

Admission to the event will cost $10 and tickets will be sold at the door.