The Crowbait Club's infamous Theatre Deathmatch has moved to the Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Avenue.
What a night.
Host Victoria “Nikki” Stubbs's theme of “Innocent" struck a deep chord in the playwrights. The playwrights wove wonderful stories around it and the actors, as ever, embraced those words fully, interpreted them and made them their own.
The Deathmatch ended on a perfect note with a first time winner for Best Play and the Best Actor award going to a charming visitor who was just passing through.
15 plays were presented to be read.
O...how lucky are you?
Pretty lucky we'd say. The May Deathmatch is on the SECOND Wednesday this month, buying you an extra week to craft us a 10 minute classic. Seven extra days. What a gift. And it's probably not even your birthday.
Maybe it is. If so, happy birthday!
The theme is Innocent. And whatever that means to you is fine by us. Get busy writing, beat back your high end crazy competitors and come claim the prize.
The Crows came home to the Nest burdened with 10 minute plays. Everyone came ready to rumble to address Khalil LeSaldo's theme of "Please". A near capacity audience was ready to experience them.
A couple’s relationship slowly dissolving from ennui right before your eyes. Spores and microbes having a dance party when a special visitor arrives. Unexpected racial conflict develops among people waiting at a bus stop.
The actors, as ever, rose to the challenge with some powerful, hilarious and wildly imaginative performances.
It was a good night to be in the mix.
14 plays were presented to be read:
Congratulations on your successful survival of the Snowpocalypse!
Did you find yourself shouting to the heavens? Were you cursing the Gods for their precipitous wrath, or thanking them for a restful snow day? Either way, it’s very likely this magic word came across your lips:
It’s the word a mother demands of her child before a third helping of dessert. It’s the state an emperor needs to be in to give you the thumbs up and let you fight another battle. It can be so many things, and rather than define it too narrowly, we want you to go nuts!
It was, in the end, one of those astonishing nights where everything was magical. The plays and performances were absolutely terrific, and a large and raucous crowd enjoyed the whole evening from tip to toe.
It was also a very strong evening for the female cohort. The three Best Actor nominees were women and and the Best Play was written by an artist known mostly for her acting and directing who had just crafted her first play.
The theme was Sex and 15 plays were presented to be read:
We want your sex!
Actually we want your plays about sex, ten minute ones to be precise.
Sex is the theme for the March Deathmatch. And as ever the theme can be as loosely determined as you please. Sex covers a wide wild field. We want you to feel free to explore it in any way you see fit.
Climb the mountain!
It took all concerned a little bit of time to adjust to the new Nest, but it quickly became apparent that the move to Portland Ballet Studio Theater will work out just fine. We are pleased to report that an enthusiastic crowd came to act, write, and laugh.
13 plays were presented to be read:
Love, love, love.
Valentine's Day is in February, that time of chocolate and cards and hopefully kisses. Well... host with the most Charlie Cole ain't having any of it. He's decided to explore the dark side of love and human behavior with his chosen theme "Broken Promises."
There's plenty of room to move with this one, playwrights. So get yourself to the keyboard and get cracking.You know the thespians will be bringing their A game. Go light or go dark but get busy with it.
A job interview gets uncomfortably personal and increasingly bizarre. A couple struggles to communicate. A play explores rhythm and rhyme while ignoring meaning. The French Revolution takes a hilarious turn as radical ideals clash with the desire to possess a pot of delicious fish stew.
These are merely a few of the 10 minute plays a near capacity crowd enjoyed as they braved the January winds and chill to open the New Year at the January Deathmatch. The theme was Dissonance and the host with Victoria Stubbs.
16 plays were presented to be read: