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The Havemeyer Playwright Competition 


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The Acting Company of Greenwich was pleased to present the third annual Havemeyer Playwright Competition 2006. "What a wonderful evening of theater," declared first time attendee Linda Donnelly, "it is such an interesting, fun and unique event. The cast & crew did a great job illustrating the playwrights' visions." These sentiments were echoed by the nearly 100 audience members in attendance on September 28th at the Cole Auditorium. The evening started with a wine and cheese reception sponsored by Horseneck Wine and Liquor, Porricelli's Food Mart and The Gingerman, and proceeded as the audience took their seats to enjoy the eight one-act plays performed as fully staged readings by 11 top actors creating 23 different roles. The finalists, chosen from hundreds of submissions, were a mixture of comedy and drama and both moved the audience and provoked uproarious laughter. The winning play was selected by a distinguished panel of Judges. The evening ended with rousing applause as Director Laurie Newkirk presented Playwright Jim Gordon with a Baccarat crystal award for his touching play "Fog" about the effects of Alzheimer's.

WINNER - Jim Gordon for "FOG"


Laurie Newkirk


Daniel J. Kelly


Dupie Cochran
Larry Greeley
Matt Lai
Pat Larrabee
Glynnis O'Connor
Lenka Peterson
Bill Phillips
Larry Schneider
Fred Seufert
Katie Sparer
Barbara Wilkov


Christopher Arena - Artistic Director of The Moonlight Theatre
Patrick Kiley - President of The New Canaan Town Players    
Carole Schweid - Artistic Director, JIB Productions              

Laurie Newkirk presents the first prize to Jim Gordon              Larry Greeley and Lenka Peterson in "Fog"

The Cast and Crew: Bill Phillips, Ann Baker, Daniel J. Kelly, Katie Sparer, Fred Seufert, Matt Lai, Barbara Wilkov, Larry Schneider, Lenka Peterson, Glynnis O'Connor, Pat Larrabee, Dupie Cochran, Laurie Newkirk and Larry Greeley
Dupie Cochran and Pat Larrabee in "The Ovary Dialogs"         Larry Schneider and Barbara Wilkov in "Under Par"

The Finalists

  Play Title   Playwright
  A Change of Plans  Dennis Jones
  Crowds  Sean David Bennet
  Fog  Jim Gordon
  Has Anything Changed?  W. Harrison
  Ovary Dialogs, The  A. H. Williams
  Therapy  George Bryjak
  Under Par  William Allen
  Untitled #2  Jim Gordon

We are very grateful to:
  • Baccarat in Greenwich for generous donation of the beautiful crystal award for this event.
  • Ginger Man Restaurant in Greenwich for generous donation of the dinner for the actors.
  • Horseneck wine & Liquor in Greenwich for the generous donation of wine.
  • Porricelli's Food Mart for the generous donation of food.

2005 Competition Results
2004 Competition Results


Q. Does the audience vote on the winner?
A. No, the winners are based on the decisions of the distinguished panel of judges. We did not want the winner to be based on who brings in the largest audience. (This is often how festivals without fees look to cover their expenses.)

Q. Does the winner receive a prize?
A. Yes! $50 and a beautiful, exclusively designed crystal award from Baccarat! (In addition, we send out post-show press releases that include details about the winner.)

Q. Why is the competition named Havemeyer?
A. The competition is a benefit for the Havemeyer Arts Center building fund. The Havemeyer building is a beautiful old school built in 1892 located on Greenwich Avenue. The plan is to convert the now run down 44,000 sq. ft. building into a state-of-the-art Arts Center. The Arts Center would include a main stage, a black box theater, galleries, and dance, music and art studios plus a toxic-free children¹s art studio. It will be a wonderful place for the arts to come together. The center will be renovated solely by private donations. All proceeds from The Havemeyer Playwright Competition go to the Havemeyer building fund.

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