Deathmatch Winners - January 2017 "DISSONANCE"

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Best Actor: 
Doni Tamblyn
Best Play: 
Bouillabaisse
Written by: 
Hal Cohen

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:

Jennifer Slack Eaton - Maternal Instincts
Seth Bernier – Sing Little Birdie
Elizabeth Miller – Civics 101
David Body – New Boss
Lynne Cullen – Wasps in G Minor
Chalmers Hardenbergh – What’s Art Got To Do With It?
Randy Hunt – I Spy
Tim Wooten – The Statement and the Question
Tony Morin – You’re Hired
Jay W. Jones – The Next, Last, Worst Soul
Khalil LeSaldo – Eggs / Baskets
Dick Sewell – Dissonant Whistle
Eric Darrow Worthley – The Proposition at the Bar
Josh Brassard – The Right Side of the Sale
Jason LeSaldo – Sexual Feelings
Hal Cohen – Bouillabaisse

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

Jason LeSaldo – Sexual Feelings
Hal Cohen – Bouillabaisse
Tim Wooten – The Statement and the Question
Tony Morin – You’re Hired
Jennifer Slack Eaton - Maternal Instincts
Seth Bernier – Sing Little Birdie
Elizabeth Miller – Civics 101
David Body – New Boss
Khalil LeSaldo – Eggs / Baskets
Chalmers Hardenbergh – What’s Art Got To Do With It?

Best Actor Finalists:
Jennifer Slack Eaton
Doni Tamblyn

Best Actor:
Doni Tamblyn

Best Play Finalists:
Hal Cohen – Bouillabaisse
Tony Morin – You’re Hired

Best Play:
Hal Cohen – Bouillabaisse

COMMITTEE NOTES: Something about this theme sparked some high level creativity. Every playwright had a different and dangerous take and the actors decided to be aggressive and knock it out of the park. Which they did with gusto. The Brothers LeSaldo had a fine evening as well as playwrights and actors to boot. Our own Murder Band flute player Audra Hatch made her acting debut in Tony Morin’s hilarious and somewhat depraved “You’re Hired.” In the end Hal Cohen’s wry and absurdist comedy “Bouillabaisse” took home the top prize amid a very strong field. Congratulations.

Well the New Year is here and the Show That Never Ends rolls happily along. We are in the planning stages of some exciting new events that will increase opportunities for playwrights and actors alike. We are grateful to the Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for their generous support.

So in closing, take a breather Crows, you deserve it. But start thinking about those scripts. The February Deathmatch will commence on 2/1/17. Your host will be Charlie “I Know” Cole and his chosen theme is Broken Promises.

And as ever and always, plays begin at CBC but do not end there. Be like Jody: Send Your Work Out!