Monday, March 31, 2014

And the winners are....

Open Love NY and the competition judging panel are proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Unchained Love Playwright Competition for 2014. Read today's press release for more details.

  • The $750 prize for the best full-length play was awarded to Tamara Rose for “The Three of Us.” 
  • The $250 prize for the best short play was awarded to Marjorie Conn for “A Relationship’s Beginning in 10 Acts.” 
  • Ron Burch received honorable mention recognition for his short play, “Polly Amorous.”

Play synopses and playwright bios are listed below for the three plays. "The Three of Us" and "A Relationship's Beginning in 10 Acts" are currently in rehearsals for a reading on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 pm. The reading and discussion will be held at Manhattan Theater Club, 311 W. 43rd Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY. Admission is $10 at the door.

Full-length Play Winner
THE THREE OF US explores the relationship among a librarian, her boyfriend and the neurotic grad student who falls in love with them both. The play begins with a mysterious accident that shatters the reality of three happy people. In flashbacks, we learn how the love story began and all the intricate machinations it takes to get to being happy in a multi-partner relationship. But then, fate takes a hand on a rainy day and those left behind are left to wonder how to pick up the pieces of their shared lives.

Tamara Rose is a NYC based playwright, artist and blogger and has identified as polyamorous since 2000. Her work tends to shine a light on exquisite ideas which are usually excluded from the spotlight in modern society. Her most recent visual art series includes The Mousetrap Project. Different large pieces have appeared in various uptown venues consisting of abstract landscapes painted on the backs of dozens of mousetraps mounted in different orientations. Her most popular blog, about Rock & Roll and the 1960’s, is called “Six Degrees of Monkees.” As far as she is concerned, beauty is where you find it, and should always be celebrated.

Short Play Winner
A RELATIONSHIP'S BEGINNING IN 10 ACTS is a non-chronological, episodical short play of two women, Miriam and Catherine, who are falling in love with each other. Each act is a snippet of those delicious and poignant early days of getting to know each other.

Marjorie Conn made her acting debut with the late, great Ethyl Eichelberger as his leading man playing Aegisthus to his Klytemnestra with her lover, the late, incomparable Katy Dierlam as Electra. She was given an award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for her contributions to theatre in Provincetown. Marjorie is most known for her portrayal of Lizzie Borden (ax murderess) and Lorena Hickok (Eleanor Roosevelt's lover). These plays are published in LOST LESBIAN LIVES (available on eBay). She founded the Provincetown Fringe Festival in Provincetown, MA in 1994, which relocated to Asbury Park, NJ in 2007. She also rescues & is rescued by Greyhound dogs & special needs dogs and cats.

Honorable Mention
POLLY AMOROUS is a short play with three actors. When Robert has his first OK Cupid date with Polly, he finds that he neglected to read her entire profile, besides just looking at the pictures, and discovers upon meeting her, that the man she is making out with is her partner Mick, and that they're looking for an open relationship.

Ron Burch lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a screenwriter.  Over the past year, his plays have been produced in the UK, Seoul, NYC, Los Angeles, and at over 20 different theatres across the country. His short play THE ORIGIN STORY OF LEWIS HACKETT will be published in Smith & Kraus’s The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014, and his new full-length play THE BRIDGE will be given a workshop at The Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles in November 2013. Ron's flash-fiction collection, MENAGERIE, will be published by Aqueous Books in 2014. His blog is titled "Slapped By Life."

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reading date scheduled for April 22

Sorry for the radio silence these past many weeks. This interminable cold winter has apparently frozen some of the joints in the Open Love NY machine. However, after several weeks of reviewing plays, the judges are meeting tonight and we should be ready to announce our winners in the one-act and full-length categories in the next week or two.

We have also set the date for the reading at Open Love NY's monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 pm. It will be held at our usual digs, the Manhattan Theater Club, 311 W. 43rd Street, 8th Floor (just west of Eighth Avenue). Admission for non-members is $10 at the door, which gets you a membership bracelet good for future discounts.

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I am very excited about the quality of some of the plays we are reading, and it's going to be a close call for our judging panel. Stay tuned for more news!