Theater: Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society’s Playwright Competition

Six short plays have been selected for the prestigious Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society’s ninth playwright competition. The productions were chosen from 19 scripts submitted by 16 different local playwrights. A divorced couple who are the sole survivors of an apocalypse, marital struggles in a collapsing Bermuda economy and an apparent chance meeting ­between an attractive Russian and English businessman are just some of the subjects of this year’s “Famous for Fifteen Minutes” plays. The overall judge in this year’s competition is Ian August, author of Missing Celia Rose. Performances will be held from August 12 to 21, 2010 (with no performance on August 15) at the Daylesford Theatre in Bermuda. Gala Night (with tickets ranging for $25 or $75) is on August 21 at 6:30pm, including a pre-show reception. 

The six finalists vying for the coveted Golden Inkwell Award are “Chance Encounter” by Henry Godfrey, “Cockroaches” by Owain Johnston-Barnes, “I ‘heart’ You Brady McGrady” by Andrew Stoneham, “The Long Engagement” by Liz Jones, “The Mason” by Kevin Comeau, and “The Slip” by Karenmary Penn.

Co-producers of the plays Adrienne Hintz, Philip McIntosh, and Kevin Blee are also the trustees for the BMDS charitable Trust to which the net proceeds of “Famous for Fifteen Minutes” are donated. The Charitable Trust was officially formed in 2001 to help promote and develop the arts with an emphasis on artists associated with Bermuda. The trust does this through scholarships and bursaries or through drama, music, and dance workshops

Telephone bookings can be made by calling 292-0848 during the box office times above. Outside of box office times, internet bookings can be made on from August 7.

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