The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a Reader’s Theater performance of the three winning one-act plays selected in a new competition this year. The performance will be at 7pm on Friday June 9, 2017. Fee for the performance is $7.
Thirty-three plays were submitted for the competition. The plays were judged by Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem, George Dzundza of Tillamook, and Gail B. Frank of Nehalem and Arizona to determine the top three to be performed.
Submissions came from around the country and overseas even though the original press release announcements were all local to the coast and Northwest. The response likely says something about how much playwrights want to see their work performed.
The winning plays are Gertrude and Alice Go to War by Douglas Rees, from the bay area; A Man’s Home by Donna Hopkins, from CA; and Human Refuse, by Dorianne Emerson, a Canadian.
The winners were chosen in blind judging. Each judged considered eleven plays. By coincidence each of the winning plays have a lesbian experience theme. In fact they happen to reflect society’s historical acceptance of lesbians: Gertrude and Alice reflecting attitudes during WWI, (no tolerance or understanding); A Man’s Home, a grudging partial acceptance but maybe not understanding, in the 1950’s: and Human Refuse, current tentative acceptance characterized by close scrutiny. Because of the subject matter, we chose to present these plays at the same time as Astoria’s Gay Pride Week.
Sue Jelineo, who has been active in local Reader’s Theater and the theater at NCRD, championed this first play competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. She will be directing the reader’s theater. She has a number of readers lined up but could use a few more men to read. Contact her firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in reading.