Three Winning One-Act Plays to be Performed as Reader’s Theater Friday June 9

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 atsjelineo@nehalemtel.net if you are interested in reading.

One-Act Play Competition and Writing Workshops Set

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WORKSHOPS ARE CANCELLED; Competition Still Ongoing

Save the Date and Start Writing: One-Act Play Competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

 The Hoffman Center for the Arts will host a new one-act play competition. Writers will have the opportunity to attend two workshops on play-writing on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Submissions will be due January 14, 2017. Each entry will be randomly assigned to one of three judges. All submissions will be blind submissions for judging. The top three submissions will be performed in a Reader’s Theater event at the HCA on June 9, 2017.  See below for submission guidelines.

The Judges:
Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem. She 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.

Carole Zucker, Ph.D.(pictured), of Portland, Professor Emerita,Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal. See full bio below.

The writing workshops will be held Saturday, November 5 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

From 9:30-10:30 am, a free Introduction to Script-Writing will be presented by Sue Jelineo and Linda Macahon, both Riverbend Players, covering format , character development, plot, dialogue writing and what directors and actors like and dislike about scripts , along with Q&A about the competition. Each participant will leave with an extensive handout.

The class that follows, Script Interpretation and Text Analysis from 11 am to 5 pm, with a one-hour lunch break, is presented by Carole Zucker. The class will consider the novella of Postman Always Rings Twice, studying how it was adapted from two different versions of the David Mamet screenplay, considering how the scripts changed during production. Zucker has the group look at acting, writing, directing, to see how it changes from book to screenplay, to consider how this affects the participants own script-writing.  Students will be responsible for reading the James M. Cain novella, The Postman Always Rings Twice, ahead of time.

Fee is $50. Register here for the Zucker workshop.  To register for the free Introduction to Script-writing workshop, please email hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net with’ Script-writing Workshop’ in the subject line.

Carole Zucker, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec is known as Montreal’s “Acting Guru.” She studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse, and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios, both in New York City. Carole has performed in numerous off-Broadway productions, as both an actor and a singer, and in regional theater in the U.S. and Canada.

She has a doctorate from New York University in Cinema Studies, and taught Film Studies at The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University Montreal for three decades.

Zucker is author of seven books, and has written essays for many of the major film journals in the US and Canada.

She has lectured widely on performance in the US, Canada, and various locations in Europe, has taught workshops at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and The Off Center for Dramatic Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and has taught at The Portland Actors Conservatory and at The Portland Playhouse.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Sue Jelineo,  sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

Guidelines for submission of One-Act Play for Competition:

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.

2. 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.

3. Deadline for submission: January 14, 2017.

4. Judges choices of top 3 plays will be made by March 1. Plays will be performed as Readers’ Theater on March 11 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.