Deathmatch Winners - April 2017 "PLEASE"

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Best Actor: 
Chalmers Hardenbergh
Best Play: 
Bus Stop
Written by: 
Jason LeSaldo

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:

Jay W. Jones – The Next, Last, Worst Soul
Charlie Cole – Stel
Seth Berner – The People’s Flag
Howard Rosenfield – The First Pleasure
Josh Gauthier – Things Just Happen
David Body – Whimstat E-Mails
Elizabeth Miller – Oh God, Please!
John Bowker – Surreal Love
Payne Ratner – TV
Sally Hinckley – The Song is You
Michael Tooher – Exiting
Jason LeSaldo – Bus Stop
Dick Sewell – Hostile Takeover
Hal J. Cohen – Miller’s ‘Murica’

Of these, 10 were chosen by the Playwright Sorting Device to be read:

Jason LeSaldo – Bus Stop
Dick Sewell – Hostile Takeover
Hal J. Cohen – Miller’s ‘Murica’
Sally Hinckley – The Song is You
Charlie Cole – Stel
Seth Berner – The People’s Flag
Howard Rosenfield – The First Pleasure
Josh Gauthier – Things Just Happen
David Body – Whimstat E-Mails
Elizabeth Miller – Oh God, Please

Best Actor Nominees:

Jackie Oliveri
Chalmers Hardenbergh
Kim Gordon

Best Actor:

Chalmers Hardenbergh

Best Play Nominees:

David Body – Whimstat E-Mails
Jason LeSaldo – Bus Stop

Best Play:

Jason LeSaldo – Bus Stop

Committee Notes: Jason LeSaldo’s tough and disturbing play took the fourth slot in KOC VI with help from searing performances by Hal Cohen and Nick Soloway. However, just like the playwrights, the actors were in top form and in a very strong field both of them missed actor nods. Chalmers Hardenbergh won for several roles during the night. It was his third win for acting.

Lots of news to report. Four playwrights connected to CBC have 10 minute plays in the prestigious 2017 Boston Theatre Marathon. Congratulations to Brent Askari, Anna Cranage Conathen, Josh Brassard and Delvyn Case, Jr.

Meanwhile our neighbor to the north will be hosting the prolific and much produced Jody McColman’s 10 minute play, Back in Town, which will be produced in this year's Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival in Newmarket, Ontario. His first production in his native Canada. Congratulations!

Meanwhile in the south, Delaware to be precise, Deathmatch champion Vicki Machado decide to bring the format to her new arts community and a swell time was had by all. Vicki reports:

“For those that don't know, thanks to Crowbait in Maine, I was able to start up something in Delaware using their format. Tonight was the night and I was thrilled with the reception! The audience was energetic and enthusiastic and had a great time. I can't wait to see what happens next month!”

The Show That Never Ends is going to be a little late next month. We will be on the SECOND Wednesday of May as opposed to the first. Wednesday May 10th. Your host is the mistress of music her own bad self, Victoria Stubbs and the theme is Innocent.