January 4, 2017 Deathmatch - "DISSONANCE"

dis·so·nance (disənəns)
noun: dissonance; plural noun: dissonances
lack of harmony among musical notes.

"An unusual degree of dissonance for such choral styles"

"A tension or clash resulting from the combination of two disharmonious or unsuitable elements."

"Dissonance between campaign rhetoric and personal behavior"

Origin:

late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin dissonantia, from Latin dissonant- ‘not agreeing in sound,’ from the verb dissonare .

Deathmatch Winners - December 2016 "NO"

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016

Well, 2016 is in the books for CBC. It was a terrific Deathmatch, lots of brand-new playwrights in attendance, and yet another sold out show. As an added bonus, a wildly comic play coming out of nowhere to win "The Brawl for It All" and grab the final slot in King of Crows V.

Considering the events of this dangerous year, the assembled Crows were apparently in agreement that host Jody McColman’s chosen theme of “No” was very appropriate indeed.

A record tying 23 plays were presented to be read:

2017 Maine Playwrights Festival

We are always telling you that plays begin at CBC but do not end there.

Here is a wonderful opportunity. Now in its 17th year, the Maine Playwrights Festival is the original incubator for plays by Maine playwrights. A letter from Artistic Director Dan Burson is below. The Committee encourages everyone to submit their work. But best hurry the deadline is coming up shortly.

Good luck!

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Dear Playwright,

December 7, 2016 Deathmatch - "NO"

It is the most powerful word in the world. Some surround it with explanations and apologies and some just say it short, clear and crisp.

That word is No. And it is the theme for the December 2016 Deathmatch

Time to get serious and start the writing. Bang out a ten minute play and come get in the game. Amuse, mystify, or confuse your fellow groundlings and you just might win.

What might I win, you wonder? A lovely yet seriously down market gift bag full of dubious treasures. One dollar pregnancy tests anyone?

November 2, 2016 Deathmatch - "FEAR"

Deathmatch Winners - October 2016 "POWER"

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016

October is usually a difficult month to play a show in Portland. In our theatre rich community everyone is either rehearsing, opening a show, or getting ready to open a show this time of the year.

That didn’t seem to affect last night’s Deathmatch at all. A large crowd responded to host Charlie Cole’s theme of “Power” with lots of new scripts and some terrific acting performances.

18 scripts were submitted to be read:

King of Crows IV: THE CAST

Ladies and gentleman, The cast of Crowbait Club's King of Crows IV: All Hail the King!

Joe Quinn
Paul Menezes 
Kerry Rasor 
Andrea Carr
Danny Gay 
Khalil LeSaldo
Jackie Oliveri 
Ashely Thibodeau
Caroline Smart 
Chalmers Hardenbergh 
Sean Senior
David Vincent 
Shelly Elmer 
Kat Loef
Rachel Friedman
Cory King
Kara Haupt
Beth Chasse
Adam Ferguson
Josh Brassard
Meredythe Dehne Lindsay

Deathmatch Winners - August 2016 "SACRIFICE"

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

It was a blazing hot evening. And not just the temperature in the room but the stage itself sizzled with comedy and drama as the playwrights tackled host Elizabeth Chasse-King’s theme “Sacrifice” in front of a full house. Each take was unique, from a haunted house story to a tale of ruthless class warfare, CBC playwrights swung for the fences and the actors made their visions come alive.

17 plays were presented to be read:

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