| Play Title
| 1. It's About Forgiveness
|| Albi Gorn|
| 2. Holy Hell
|| Barbara Lindsay|
| 3. Turtle Shopping
|| Scott McMorrow|
| Other Finalists:
| Hippo and the Wasps, The
|| Tom Rushen|
| Inside Your Head
|| Mary Graham|
| Magical Gifts
|| Bill Wellborn|
| Route 3
|| Russell Weeks|
| Two Ships
|| Ed Friedman|
| Visit, The
|| Donna Sorbello|
Back row left to right: Broadway and Film/TV stars: Neal Huff, Patricia Kalember and Daniel Gerroll Bottom row left to right: Ann Kinner, Pat Larrabee, Muriel Nussbaum, Larry
Schneider, Barbara Wilkov, Dan Kelly (Host), Tracy Locke, Chilton Ryan, Laurie Newkirk (Director), Brett Somers, William Armstrong, Allie Shapiro, Anna
Armstrong. Photos by Vincent Legg
Broadway and Film/TV stars Patricia Kalember and Daniel Gerroll performing in
the winning play "It's About Forgiveness"
Director Laurie Newkirk presents the Award for Best Short play to Albi
Gorn for his play "It's About Forgiveness"
Chilton Ryan and TV Star Brett Somers performing in the one act Magical
We were delighted to have the irrepressible Brett Somers
join us. Best known as Blanche in TV's "The Odd Couple" and, of course, as the one to match on
the Match Game.
Also joining us this year were TV/Film and Broadway stars, Daniel Gerroll, Neal Huff and Patricia Kalember. Daniel Gerroll, having just
come from appearing in "Enchanted April" on Broadway and a recipient of The Theatre World award is often recognized for his role in the movie
"Chariots of Fire". Patricia Kalember having recently appeared in the movie "Signs" and Broadway's "The Nerd" is best known by her fans as
Georgie in "Sisters" and Susannah Hart on "Thirty Something". Neal Huff has just recently been seen on Broadway in "Take Me Out" and "The Lion
in Winter" and can currently be seen on the TV show "Starved".
Peggi de la Cruz - President & Artistic Director, Connecticut Playmakers
Miles Marek - Producing Director, Fairfield Theatre Company
Carole Schweid - Artistic Director, JIB Productions
Last Year's Competition Results
We are excited about the 2nd Annual Havemeyer Playwright Competition. We were pleased last year to have so many talented people
involved in the competition and to get the notoriety of having the winning playwright mentioned in The New York Times. Our cast of
outstanding professionals, including both Broadway and Hollywood Film Actors, brought the playwrights' words to life in an outstanding way.
Q. Why do you have a $10 fee?
A. The Havemeyer Playwright Competition does not receive any local or
federal funding and the nominal submission fee received goes directly to
covering the expenses of the event. The cost to produce the event
includes rehearsal space, rental fee for the venue, props, costumes, set
pieces, PR, programs, etc. While the evening is a staged reading, the
emphasis is on fully staging the plays.
There are many playwright festivals that do not charge a submission fee.
However, most of these events require the playwright to "produce" his or
her own play. This typically means the playwright has to hire a
director, actors, a technical crew and rent rehearsal space. This is
often very expensive and usually causes an out-of-state playwright to
miss out on the opportunity. We want to give playwrights an opportunity
to have their plays performed without any additional cost or effort to
Q. If I become a finalist do I need to be present to win?
A. No, not at all. We have had submissions from all over the country,
Canada, Sweden and Mexico so we understand that not every playwright may
be able to attend! (It is an exciting evening so we do hope you come if
Q. Why did you choose 12 minutes?
A. We chose a 12 minute format to allow more playwrights to gain access
to having their work performed. The playwright is the heart of the
theater, so in recognition we created this event to allow more
unpublished voices to be heard.
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. Why are you so detailed with the submission requirements?
A. It actually helps level the playing field. With everyone submitting
their work in the same format and font then it is all about the work.
(And with so many submissions it is easier on the readers' eyes, too!)
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.)
Only those playwrights selected as finalists are notified. No
scripts are returned and no entry fees will be refunded. The Acting
Company of Greenwich reserves the right to produce or perform the submitted
play at the complete creative discretion of the director. No royalties will be
paid to the playwright.
Date this page was last updated: 09/4/2006