Deathmatch Winners - March 2017 "SEX"

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Best Actor: 
Rebecca Cole
Best Play: 
No Phish
Written by: 
Elizabeth Freeman

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.

So yeah…magical:)

The theme was Sex and 15 plays were presented to be read:

Paul Dervis – 2nd Verse, Same as the First
Charlie Cole – Ginger Worries
Michael Kimball – Stupid Bastard
James Melanson – Alt Right Turns Gay
Howard Rosenfield – The Invention of Sex
Elizabeth Miller - Sex, Lies and Politics 
David Body - Kitchen Table Find
Chalmers Hardenbergh - Where’s the Governor?
Kat Loef -The “S” Word 
Elizabeth Freeman – No Phish
Richard Sewell – Sex and Death in Venice
Jason LeSaldo – As Good A Place
Hal Cohen – White Gloves
Lynne Cullen – Dead Leaves
Eric Darrow Worthley – The Persecution and Assassination of 
Phillip Seymour Hoffman As Performed 
by the Inmates of Ebbets Field under the
Direction Of Marilyn Monroe.

Of these 10 were chosen at random by the Playwrights Sorting Device:

James Melanson – Alt Right Turns Gay
Charlie Cole – Ginger Worries
Michael Kimball – Stupid Bastard
Chalmers Hardenbergh - Where’s the Governor?
Richard Sewell – Sex and Death in Venice
Lynne Cullen – Dead Leaves
Paul Dervis – 2nd Verse, Same as the First
Eric Darrow Worthley –The Persecution and Assassination of 
Phillip Seymour Hoffman As Performed 
by the Inmates of Ebbets Field under the
Direction Of Marilyn Monroe.

Elizabeth Freeman – No Phish
Hal Cohen – White Gloves

Best Actor Finalists:
Kim Gordon
Rebecca Cole
Kate Michaud

Best Actor:
Rebecca Cole

Best Play Finalists:
Elizabeth Freeman – No Phish
Charlie Cole – Ginger Worries

Best Play:
Elizabeth Freeman – No Phish

Committee Notes: There was some comedy. There is always some comedy because we naturally love to laugh. But it was in the body of the plays themselves as the playwrights elected to craft complex looks into the theme.

But make no mistake about it, everyone was at the top of their game. At the tiptop was Elizabeth Freeman, whose first venture into the playwriting arena was well rewarded with best play for “No Phish” Her play is an intense emotional journey, the story of a woman moving from grief into light and love.

And her cast, Rebecca Cole, Kim Gordon and Sara Dolstad delivered finely tuned performances to complete the win. And so Elizabeth grabs up the third slot in King of Crows VI.

Are you next?

Crows gather. The April 2017 Deathmatch is on Wednesday April 5th at Portland Ballet Studio Theater. 7:30 doors / 8pm hard start. The topic is “Please” and your host is Khalil LeSaldo. Write, act or spectate, $5