Theater Production

The LowellArts Players presents Playbytes by Playwrights - a competition and production of 10-minute plays.

Playbytes by Playwrights

Lost or Found

Playbytes by Playwrights is a competition and production of 10-minute plays. Playwrights submit original plays that fit a theme. From the many entries, approximately eight are chosen to be performed.

 

These plays are judged and one playwright is given a $500 cash award. A People's Choice award will be voted on by attendees, and the winner will receive a non-cash award. Directed by Ken Parrish and Mary Beth Quillin.

Production Dates & Times:

November 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9

Friday & Saturday 7:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm

Location:

LowellArts Theater, 223 W. Main St, Lowell, MI 49331

Selected Plays:

Florida, by Steven Doloff from New York, NY
Untethered, by Judy Klass from Nashville, TN
Threatened Panda Fights Back, by Rex McGregor from Auckland, New Zealand
Persephone, by Jennifer O'Grady from Pelham, NY
Family by Numbers, by Arianna Rose from Miami Beach, FL
The Education of Jenna, by Michael Solomonson from Snowflake, AZ
The Ledge, by Sue Stephenson-Bradford from Grand Rapids, MI
A Better Place, by Eric Thomas from Florence, KY

  * This production includes adult language and humor.

Playwrights, 18 years or older, could submit a 10-minute play to be considered, the deadline was June 15. One entry per playwright. Plays could be drama or comedy. Plays should run roughly ten minutes, and fit the theme: Lost and Found.

  

Actors

 

Michael Bates, Casey Berg
Karen Sue Bradford, John P. Foley
Pat Hobbs, Lori Jacobs
Anessa Johnson, Vicki Kavanaugh
Laurie Kuna, Amy E. McDaniel
Kelsey Ohle, Matt Tawney
and Marian Ward King

Congratulations to the winner of both the Juror’s Choice and the People’s Choice awards - Sue Stephenson-Bradford for her play The Ledge.

Selected plays were judged and one playwright was given a $500 cash award. A People's Choice award was voted on by attendees.

 

Judges


G. M. Bud Thompson, playwright, (Dramatic Publishing), director, actor and musician


Trinity Bird, Executive Director at The Sauk Theatre in Jonesville, MI


Joanne Bailey-Boorsma, former Editor of On-The-Town Magazine at MLive.com and current Content Manager at WKTV Community Media

 

“When I wrote this little play in 2013, I never thought it would grow to mean so much to me. Amy McDaniel and Marian Ward King, with the direction of Ken Parrish, hit it out of the park! I am also grateful to the judges who had a difficult task choosing from eight wonderful plays. All the playwrights are winners!”

 

--Sue Stephenson-Bradford 

Florida

by Steven Doloff​

Two homeless seniors discuss life on the sidewalks of New York, while Roger hopes to rekindle DiDi’s failing memories of Florida and the hope that they will return there someday.

Steven Doloff is a Professor of English, Humanities and Writing at Pratt Institute in New York City.  He won a 2017 New York Emmy Award for his work as one of the producers of the show, Talk to Remember, an episode of the television Series Theater Talk. His one-act plays have been staged in a half-dozen other states around the country, and he is now very proud to be able to count Michigan among them.

Threatened Panda Fights Back

by Rex McGregor

As the World Wildlife Fund’s poster boy for endangered animals, Ling enjoys a comfortable life full of adulation and all the bamboo he can eat. But when a rival species challenges him for the role, he risks losing everything.

Rex McGregor is a New Zealand playwright. His short comedies have been produced on four continents from New York and London to Sydney and Chennai. Rex has a Master of Arts (Honors) in Languages and Literature from the University of Auckland and is currently a senior collections librarian at Auckland Libraries. You can find out more about his plays on his website: rexmcgregor.com

Family by Numbers

by Arianna Rose

A man and woman marry, have a child, and the family grows, until something devastating takes their oldest son from them. The joy and grief of love, marriage, and parenthood all wrapped in ten minutes!

Arianna Rose is an award-winning playwright, songwriter and musical theatre writer. Her plays and musicals have been performed across the country, Germany and England. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Miami New Musicals and moderates two playwright’s groups in South Florida. She is thrilled that Family by Numbers is featured in Playbytes by Playwrights at Lowell Arts. A very personal play, it is based on the life and death of her nephew, Zach and is dedicated to his memory (1996-2017), our beloved “Mountain Rhythm Warrior”. Member: Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, Musicians Union Local 802, South Florida Theatre League.

The Ledge

by Sue Stephenson-Bradford

Two women who work in the same building accidentally meet at lunch in an out of the way spot and discover they’re more alike than meets the eye.

Sue Bradford: I have been involved in local community theaters since 1981 as an actor, director, producer and now writer! It took many years to dip my toe into writing. Memories of Creative Writing class in high school where on Fridays we would anxiously await for Mrs. Richards to choose the stories that would be read. And then hearing someone read YOUR piece - still sends shivers down my spine. But seeing it performed - on stage? Unbelievable! And a wonderful honor. SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY - "Two Women. On a Ledge. Eight Floors Up. What could possibly happen?"

Untethered

by Judy Klass

One woman runs from a problematic relationship to the apartment of her best friend from college, whom she has lost touch with while involved with this man. Broken hearts, broken friendships, good advice – can Haley and Jessica heal?

Judy Klass lives in Nashville, TN and teaches at Vanderbilt University. Five full-length plays and 31 one-acts have been produced.  Cell was in a mystery festival in Kentucky and is published by Samuel French.  This past January her play Stop Me If You've Heard This One premiered at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre in Nashville and took Second Place in their Clash of the Playwrights.  A September premiere production of Country Fried Murder at the Shawnee Playhouse in Pennsylvania was the prize for winning their Original Playwrights contest in the full-length category. 2019 has brought three fall premieres of her short plays, including Untethered. Three of her one-act plays are published by Brooklyn Publishers. Others have appeared in anthologies; The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2012 and The Art of the One-Act. 

Persephone

by Jennifer O’Grady

A modern riff on the myth of Persephone, forced to live in the underworld.  This Persephone returns to give her small child an unusual gift, something she will defy all obstacles to bestow.

Jennifer O’Grady’s plays have been produced by theaters around the U.S. and in the UK. Plays include Charlotte’s Letters (Henley Rose Award; NEWvember Festival Dublin; O’Neill Semifinalist and other honors); Paranormal Love (MTWorks Newborn Festival winner; NEWvember Finalist; Pandora's Box Honorable Mention); and Ellery (selected for The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2017). Her work is also published or forthcoming in The Best Ten-Minute Plays, The Best Stage Monologues for Women 18-35, Thirty New Ten-Minute Plays and Stage It 3. Also a widely published poet and the author of two poetry books, she lives with her family near New York City.

The Education of Jenna

by Michael Solomonson

A strait-laced mom and a younger, more hip step-mom discuss sex education for their shared teen daughter after the teen has spent two months with dad and stepmom.

Mike Solomonson is on the theatre faculty of Northland Pioneer College in Snowflake, AZ. His full-length play The Goodbye Levee was a finalist for the 2019 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwriting Conference. Just Desserts and Thank You for Your Service were finalists for the 9th annual Durango 10-Minute Play Festival, with Just Desserts winning the Judge’s Grand Prize and Thank You for Your Service earning a Festival production slot in October.  The Father-Daughter Banquet was performed in May at the Northport One-Act Festival in NY, and in Connecticut at the East/West PlayFest in July. His full-length play Invasions and Penetrations was a semi-finalist in both the 2018 O’Neill competition and the 2019 ScreenCraft Stage Play contest after being a finalist for the Problematic Play Festival at the Z Space in San Francisco (2018). Big Pearls and Small Hips was a 2016 semi-finalist in the O’Neill competition, and a finalist for the 2017 New Works Festival at the Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas. Member: Dramatists Guild.

A Better Place

by Eric Thomas

A person trying to get over a breakup asks a rideshare driver for help in getting to a better place, emotionally.  The driver is able to help, offering a couple different ways to get there.

Eric Thomas is an award-winning actor and playwright in the Cincinnati area.  His short plays have been selected for performance across the US, as well as in London, England. Eric is grateful to the actors and directors who commit to his work, always making it better on the stage than it is on the page. Eric is thankful for the honest and unceasing support of his friends and family.

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