John C Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays Debut April 17-21

John C Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays Debut April 17-21

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The John C Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays honors outstanding work in playwriting, as well as directing, stage management and design. The program has been created to foster student playwriting through the development of new works. It has been underwritten through a generous gift by Mike O’Malley ’88, (“Diverting Devotion,” “Yes Dear” and “Glee”).

These original student productions will be featured in an evening of one-act plays, April 17-21, 2013 in the Hennessy Theatre.  The winning entries are:

“A Love Story” written by Jessica Miller ‘13 of Lee, NH.

When Amber, a young woman with an eating disorder, is placed into residential care, she is faced with the most difficult battle of her life.  Luckily her boyfriend, Ed, is by her side.  However, Amber and Ed begin to realize that their own idea of "support" and "recovery" are vastly different from one another, and thus they must also fight for their relationship.

The winning playwright, Jessica Miller, is a senior theatre and math education double major from Lee, NH.  Miller is currently an improviser in Dorks in Dungeons and is in rehearsals for the musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”  Her passion is acting and she hopes to move to Chicago to pursue an acting career. “A Love Story” is directed by Kristina Lary ’13, English education and theatre double major from Antrim, NH.

“Occupational Hazards” written by Dan Shine ‘14 of Shrewsbury, Mass.

When Roy, an awkward would-be writer stuck in a dead-end job, arranges for a blind date online, he gets more than he bargained for. As dinner proceeds with Stephanie, a charming computer analyst, she reveals that she is there for a far more sinister reason. Both are forced to confront the dark reason for their seemingly random encounter, calling to question what sorts of things are better left unsaid.

The winning playwright, Dan Shine, is a junior English and theatre double major from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Shine is a member of Improv Anonymous comedy group and loves acting, writing, comics and film. He hopes to pursue a career in writing and directing for stage. “Occupational Hazards” is directed by Nick Iannotti ’13, a musical theatre emphasis theatre major from Alton, NH.

“Retreat to Will's House” written by Colton Huelle ’15 of Bedford, NH.

After drunkenly breaking up with his girlfriend, Will Ward meets Jack, a stranger with a mysteriously thorough knowledge of Will's past. Led by Jack's prodding, Will revisits his adolescent love for the beautiful and unattainable Veera. Returning to his childhood hideaway, a dilapidated garden shed, Will must face his most painful and poignant memories in an attempt to reclaim the past from which he has never escaped. 

The winning playwright, Colton Huelle, grew up in Bedford, NH, where he began writing poetry and short fiction in high school. He has performed his poetry in many New England bars and coffee shops. Huelle currently studies English at UNH. He is tremendously influenced by New England and Bob Dylan. "The Retreat to Will's House" is his first play and will be directed by Elise Williams ’13, an acting emphasis theatre major from Peterborough, NH.

Other prize winners include student designers Alyssa LeBlanc ’13, a design and technology emphasis theatre major from Salem, NH; Sara Demos ’13, a general emphasis theatre major from York, ME and Danielle Pancoast ’13, also a design and technology emphasis theatre major from Westford, MA.

The first annual John C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays run April 17-20 at 7 p.m. and April 21 at 2:00 pm in the Hennessy Theatre.  

Tickets are $14 for UNH students, ID holders and seniors and groups of 15 or more, and $16 for the general public and can be purchased through the PCAC ticket office located in the Johnson Theatre lobby. This full-service ticket office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour before curtain.

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