Play Readers is 6 years old! We started on a very cold night in January, 2006, at the Emily Fowler Library, and the very first play we read was David Auburn's Proof. By the following week, we had moved to the North Branch Library, and within a few months we were the first program incorporated into Denton Community Theatre's then-new Outreach program.
Last week, Play Readers started the new year with an oldie-but-goodie, Jack Heifner's Vanities. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 10, at 7 pm at the Campus Theatre.
The next meeting for Playwrights of Denton will be Tuesday, January 17, at 7 pm at the Campus Theatre. But before then, the postmark date for the new Method and Madness Playwriting Competition is Saturday, January 14th, so get those one-acts in! First prize is $2000, and the top five winners will receive a staged reading at the Method and Madness Playwriting Festival, May 31-June 3, in addition to cash prizes. More info at http://www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com/PlaywritingCompetitionMainPage.htm.
If playwriting isn't your thing (or you don't have time to get something entered), you can still be an important part of the competition and festival by volunteering to adjudicate. Adjudicators will be asked to read and evaluate a minimum of five one-act scripts. Feel unsure about evaluating? There's a form to guide you, with spaces for brief comments to help the playwrights. And if you want even more guidance the Second Saturdays Seminar on Saturday, January 14th, will be on--wait for it--"Reading and Evaluating New Plays," including use of the adjudication form. (You don't have to volunteer to adjudicate to attend the workshop, and you don't have to attend the workshop if you volunteer to adjudicate.) The workshop will be led by Julie Brinker, DCT Outreach Director, from 1-3 pm at the Campus Theatre. For more info, or to reserve a spot, call 940 382-7014 x3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Play Readers Damon Wadyko, Dennis Welch, Johnny Bryant, Brian Patrick, and Pat Watson, who have all been cast in DCT's next Mainstage production, Laughter on the 23rd Floor! The show runs Jan. 27-Feb. 5. Tickets are available at the Box Office (M-F 1-5 pm): 940 382-1915 or online at www.campustheatre.com.