Deathmatch Winners - May 2017 - "INNOCENT"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Best Actor: 
Madeleine DuGuay Paine
Best Play: 
Remembering a Garden
Written by: 
Dick Sewell

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.

Josh Gauthier – We Didn’t Say the Words
Seth Berner – New for Fall
David Body – Kitchen Table Find
Elizabeth Miller – Book Group
Delvyn C. Case Jr. – Jihadist To Go
Howard Rosenfield – By My Hand
Chalmers Hardenbergh – The Blue X
Molly Hunt – Ours
Jo-Anne Walton – Trouble
Dick Sewell – Remembering A Garden
John Bowker – The Breton Game
Nancy Peavy – Salvation
Natasha Salvo – Innocence
Lynne Cullen – The Gardener
Nick Soloway – Little Miss Innocent

Of these 10 plays were chosen by the Playwright Sorting Device (PSD) to be read:

Nick Soloway – Little Miss Innocent
Nancy Peavy – Salvation
Natasha Salvo – Innocence
Dick Sewell – Remembering A Garden
Molly Hunt – Ours
Chalmers Hardenbergh – The Blue X
Delvyn C. Case Jr. – Jihadist To Go
Josh Gauthier – We Didn’t Say the Words
Seth Berner – New for Fall
David Body – Kitchen Table Find

Best Actor Nominees:

Dick Sewell
Madeleine DuGuay Paine

Best Actor:

Madeleine DuGuay Paine

Best Play Nominees:

Dick Sewell – Remembering A Garden
Nick Soloway – Little Miss Innocent

Best Play:

Dick Sewell – Remembering A Garden

Committee Notes: It was, all in all, a gentle evening. The theme seemed to bring out everyone’s contemplative side. But that didn’t mean there wasn’t the wide assortment of variations on the theme that is customary here. Nick Soloway’s hilarious “Little Miss Perfect” created rolling waves of laughter in the house and nabbed a Best Actor nod for Madeleine DuGuay Paine and her delightful performance.

In the end, by two votes actually, Dick Sewell took home Best Play with his exquisite reimagining of Adam and Eve in Remembering A Garden. Congratulations Dick!

King of Crows V is starting to ramp up. The winning scripts are about to go out to the directors for their consideration. Want to be involved? We are staffing up for a prop crew (head and assistant) and will be casting the first two weeks in July. All members of the company will receive a stipend or comps and a specially designed T shirt only for the company. Come help bring these great works to life! It’s all happening the week of September 4 – 10 (production and 4 shows) at the St Lawrence Performing Arts Center, Portland ME.

We should have some poster art to show you at the next Deathmatch.

The Committee travels to Boston on Sunday 5/14 in support of CBC playwrights who are being produced in the Boston Theatre Marathon. It’s a record for the Marathon to have four entries from a single theatre company. We are very proud of Brent Askari, Anna Cranage Conathan, Josh Brassard and Delvyn C. Case Jr for their individual and collective achievement.

More big news is coming. CBC playwrights have been sending their work out and acceptance emails are rolling in. Once the producers make their public announcement, we’ll post to the page.

The Deathmatch returns to its usual date next month and for the foreseeable future. It’s on Wednesday, June 7th, at Portland Ballet Studio Theater. The theme is “Anger” and your host is Michael “Pickle” Tooher.

In closing, take a brief rest then get those fingers flying over the keyboard. Time to make some art!

We’ll see you soon