The Winners!

Many thanks for the many fine submissions!  We enjoyed reading them all.  It was a tough choice. 
This was a dynamic evening of comedy and drama and we were excited to have created this new opportunity for playwrights.

  Play Title   Playwright
  1. Ophelia's Mother   Rosemary Foley
  2. Vinny's Vision   Jim Gordon
  3. The Still Sad Music   Mary Jane Schaefer
                   Other Finalists:   
  Away Message   Kelly Dumar
  Blink    Brian O'Neill
  J & H Body Beautiful   Suzanne Mernyk
  Mametspeak   Daniel Cabrera
  The Raft   Kristyn Leigh Robinson

Thursday, September 30th, 2004  at 7:45 pm at the Cole Auditorium

 at the Greenwich Library 101 W. Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830.

Bob Taylor (stage manager), Dan Kelly (m.c.), Larry Schneider, Glynnis O'Connor, Lenka Peterson, 
Will Dunham, Barbara Wilkov, Jennifer Harder, Laurie Newkirk (director), Matt Tomasino, 
Jason Nunes, Kenn Woodard, Pat Larrabee and Allie Shapiro

The First Annual Havemeyer Playwright Competition started off on a good note as tuxedo clad host, Dan Kelly, introduced the evening's judges, Lois Fern Hamilton, Artistic Director of The Acting Company of Greenwich, Peggi de la Cruz, President and Artistic Director of Connecticut Playmakers and Tom Rushen, Chairman of the Eastbound Theatre. Mr. Kelly explained how the eight one act plays to be performed that evening had been chosen from submissions from all around the country, Canada, and Sweden. He reminded the audience of the importance of the playwright "since without playwrights all actors would be mimes!"  He went on to further explain that, since the evening's performances were to be staged readings, the table next to the stage covered with assorted props and costumes was not "in fact a tag sale" but was there to help assist the 11 actors in creating the 27 various roles they were to be performing. 

The audience, already enjoying themselves, then turned their attention to the first of the one acts to be performed, "Ophelia's Mother" by Rosemary Foley, a delightful comedy where Amanda (played by TV/Film Star Glynnis O'Connor) takes her mother (played by Tony nominated actress Lenka Peterson) to an Broadway performance of Hamlet.  Suddenly, during the performance Amanda's mother leaps on the stage to lecture, not only Ophelia, but her daughter on the pitfalls of being involved with a "selfish, sulking, pouting, pompous prig!"  The evening continued with more laughs with "Mametspeak", written by Greenwich resident Daniel Cabrera, followed by "Away Message" by Kelly DuMar, "The Raft" by Kristyn Leigh Robinson, "Vinny's Vision" by Jim Gordon, "J&H Body Beautiful" by Suzanne Mernyk, "Blink" by Brian O'Neill and ended with some tears during the final one act, "The Still Sad Music" written by Mary Jane Schaefer. 

The Judge's scores were tallied and Laurie Newkirk, the Director of all the one acts and the President of The Acting Company of Greenwich, accompanied by John Carley, President of the Greenwich Film Festival, came on stage to present the awards.  Amongst strong applause, Coach leather travel cases were presented to second place winner Jim Gordon for "Vinny's Vision"  and to third place winner Mary Jane Schaefer for "The Still Sad Music".  The crowd erupted when Ms. Newkirk announced "Ophelia's Mother" as the winner.  Playwright Rosemary Foley was presented with a specially designed Baccarat crystal award.  The evening ended with the majority of the audience staying to talk to the playwrights and actors. "What a great festival!  What a great night!  I was pleased I made the trip and honored by the reading. It was very, very satisfying - what a thrill to have Glynnis O'Connor read the part of CIN!" Stated playwright Kelly DuMar from Massachusetts. Also happy was Stamford playwright Suzanne Mernyk. "It was a very tasteful, elegant production with a nice variety of material. I am so pleased my work was included in it."  When asked, Laurie Newkirk and John Carley agreed that, due to the overwhelming enthusiasm of the playwrights and the audience, they are planning to have the Havemeyer Playwright Competition become a permanent part of the Greenwich Film Festival.


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