Doc Jim Martin Playwright Competition
Good Luck Macbeth is proud to announce the winners of The Doc Jim Martin Playwright Competition, a national contest for new One Act plays, in honor of Reno Theatre Angel Jim Martin. This year's contest received over 300 submissions from hobbyist, amateur and professional playwrights from every corner of the US of which only two were chosen. Public Table Readings of the work will be held August 17, 18 & 19 where audience feedback will be important to developing the work. Staged Readings of the scripts will happen on August 24 & 25. One ticket will reserve seats for both weekends so the audience can see the transformation from their feedback and the evolution of a show from writing and reading to action. The authors will be included in the rehearsal process and each performance weekend.
Winner: A Dozen Perfect Moments by Laura Pedersen
Laura Pedersen was the youngest columnist for The New York Times. Prior to that she was the youngest person to have a seat on the floor of the American Stock Exchange and wrote her first book Play Money about that experience, which received a starred Kirkus review and became a bestseller. Laura has a finance degree from New York University's Stern School of Business.
In 1994 President Clinton honored Pedersen as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. She has appeared on shows such as "CNN," "Oprah," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "Primetime," and David Letterman. She has also performed stand-up comedy at "The Improv," among other clubs, and writes material for several well-known comedians.
Laura's first novel, Going Away Party, won the Three Oaks Prize for Fiction. Her short stories and humorous essays have won numerous awards and been published in literary journals and magazines. Her second novel, Beginner's Luck, was selected by Barnes & Noble for their "Discover Great New Writers" program, by Borders for their "Original Voices" program, and by The Literary Guild as an alternate selection. Heart's Desire, the sequel to Beginner's Luck, was also chosen for the Literary Guild. Additional writing includes the novels Last Call, The Big Shuffle, Best Bet (a Next Generation fiction finalist), Buffalo Unbound and a collection of short stories called The Sweetest Hours. Laura's humorous memoir Buffalo Gal (2008) won "Best Memoir" from ForeWord Magazine, an honorable mention for the Eric P. Hoffer book award, and an honorable mention at the New York Book Festival. Buffalo Unbound won the 2011 Indie Book Award in the category of humor/comedy. Trains, Planes, and Auto-Rickshaws arrives in July 2012.
Laura lives in NY and teaches at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center in East Harlem. She's a member of the national literary association P.E.N. More info available at www.LauraPedersenBooks.com or Wikipedia.
Winner: Stealing Melissa by Cary Pepper
Cary Pepper has had work presented throughout the United States and in Europe.
How It Works was given a staged reading at the Abingdon Theatre in New York City and was a Finalist at Dayton Playhouse's FutureFest 2010. And Jonah Rose Up was a semifinalist in the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition, The Maltese Frenchman was a Finalist for the National Play Award, and The Walrus Said won the Religious Arts Guild Playwriting Competition. Small Things won the Robert R. Lehan Playwriting Award and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2006 One Act Play Contest, and has been published in Best American Short Plays 20052006. House of the Holy Moment was part of the 2008 Bay One-Acts Festival and has been published in Best American Short Plays 20072008. His work also appears in Audition Monologues for Student Actors II (Meriwether Publishing), and Scenes and Monologs from the Best New International Plays (Meriwether Publishing). He was nominated for the 2010 David and Lynn Angell Humanitas Comedy Fellowship, and Small Things will air on National Public Radio in September. Most recently, How It Works won the 2012 Ashland New Plays Festival, where it will receive a reading in October.
Cary is a member of the Dramatists Guild, a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area playwrights group ThroughLine, and a member of the Marin Playwrights' Lab. Learn more about Cary at his website - www.carypepper.com.
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