Curtain Call: Paradise Alley Players Children’s Theater Workshop and Playwright Competition 2012
What: Children’s Theater Workshop and playwright competition productions
The Paradise Alley Players will present the top three entries to the annual Playwright Competition Friday, July 27 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, along with their Children’s Theater Workshop production.
Jeff Hale’s Rendezvous was the first-place winner, with Evan Crowan’s Goblin’s Creed coming in second place and Gradie Ewell’s Hard Times on Klickernoodle Street landing in third.
Rendezvous tells the story of two middle-aged people who seek escape from their unhappy marriages and meet one another in a deserted singles bar.
Hale, also a Nightlife writer, describes the play as being “a comedy. Well, I’d say it’s a little bit of a dramady.”
Hale has been writing plays for twenty-two years, and has been involved with the Paradise Alley Players’ Summer Lab Theatre in the past. He has won first prize twice before, most recently in 2008, and has also won second and third prizes.
Hale says Rendezvous had him working in an unfamiliar genre.
“It really surprised me when this script won. I had never written a comedy before.... Comedy was something very, very new to me. My dramatic plays all have funny parts to them, but overall they’re not funny plays.”
Hale says the experience of having his work staged as part of the Summer Lab Theatre is highly rewarding because it offers authors the opportunity to see their work fully realized on stage.
“It’s a huge thrill,” he says. “Paradise Alley Players does this every year, and it’s a chance for a writer to actually see their work put on stage, to see it come to life, and that’s what lab theater really is all about. It’s one of my favorite things that they do every year.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.
For more information, visit <http://www.MarionPAP.itgo.com>. For tickets, stop by or call the civic center box office at (618) 997-4030 or visit <http://www.MarionCCC.org>.
who: Paradise Alley Players
what: Children’s Theater Workshop and playwright competition productions
where: Marion Cultural and Civic Center
when: Friday, July 27