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Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival line-up

May 31-June 3 at the Arts United Center

By Eddie Torres

Fort Wayne Reader


Festival Schedule May 31 – June 2

All events are held at the Arts United Center, 303 East Main

Friday May 31

8 PM — performance of Lombard

Saturday, June 1

10:00 am until 11:00 am – Workshop: Playwriting and Services of the Dramatist’s Guild of America with Douglas Post

11 am — lunch break

Noon until 3:00pm — 3rd Place play reading — The Mark of a Dog’s Foot by Anthony Seed Jr with post discussion

3:00 PM — Civic hosted break

4:00pm — 2nd place play reading — Bernice Sizemore’s 70th Birthday by Nancy Gall-Clayton with post discussion

7:00 pm — dinner break

8:00pm- The Wedding Gift by Nancy Carlson Dodd with post-show discussion.

Sunday, June 2

Noon – Workshop: Writing for the Stage, Screen, and Television with Michael Druxman

1 pm — lunch break

2 pm — Lombard with post discussion


The 1st Place Play The Wedding Gift by Nancy Carlson Dodd will also be performed June 7 and 8

Lombard will also be performed June 6, 8, and 9

For more information, call (260) 422-8641 x 221 or visit fortwaynecivic.org


The Wedding Gift by Nancy Carlson Dodd — 1st place winner

Every parent wants the best for their child and the wealthy Livingstons are no exception. The story begins as they prepare for the lavish wedding of their son Grant to the
charming Ashley Ferguson. But Ashley’s parents, Arthur and Cynthia Ferguson, may have something else in mind — something other than a wealthy son-in-law. In FWR #214, Carlson-Dodd called The Wedding Gift a “purely lighthearted comedy” that’s full of surprises laughs, and a very unusual wedding gift.

Directed by Gregory Stieber

Stage Reading

Bernice Sizemore’s 70th Birthday by Nancy Gall-Clayton — 2nd place winner

It’s Bernice’s 70th birthday. She’s lively and independent, so why has Carol gift-wrapped a gun and suggested that her mother move to a condo? And what has motivated Evan to visit after eight years of silence? It’s a bit overwhelming for a retired food editor who still
concocts weird health tonics, square dances, practices yoga, and has just invited four friends to move into the house where Carol and Evan grew up. Of course, her children don’t need to know. Or do they? As the three sort through boxes of childhood possessions they begin to understand, accept, and love one another – and also to love themselves.

Directed by Aaron Willoughby

Stage Reading

The Mark of a Dog’s Foot by Anthony Seed, Jr. — 3rd place winner

40 years after a bar fight, killing and cover-up that had involved them all, five lifelong friends gather at a favorite sports bar to consider their options as their crime could be
exposed. The city has announced plans to dredge the old clay pit where they dumped the body of Barry, a notorious town bully and small time thief who had once been the town’s
football hero. The five friends struggle with starkly differing recollections of the event. Their discussion exposes fear, guilt, ambition, denial and, ultimately, truth.

Directed by James Del Priore

Doug Post

Douglas Post’s plays, which include Bloodshot, Cynical Weathers, Drowning Sorrows; Earth and Sky and Murder in Green Meadows; and musicals, which include God and Country, The Real Life Story of Johnny de Facto and The Wind in the Willows, have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, England, Germany, Austria, Russia and China. He has also been commissioned to write screenplays for Warner Bros. and NBC, teleplays for WMAQ-TV, and several radio adaptations of his scripts. On three occasions, he has been selected to develop his work at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and once at the O'Neill National Music Theater Conference. He has received the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Award, the Midwestern Playwrights Festival Award, the Cunningham Commission Award and three Playwriting Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council, and has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award and an Emmy Award. Mr. Post is a Founder Member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble, teaches at Chicago Dramatists and is the Chicago Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America.

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