NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS

City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting


The annual City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting furthers the Company’s mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in dramatic writing. This season’s finalists were selected from a fierce pool of over 700 talented writers. This year, City Theatre selected 23 finalists and one winner.

The winning play is guaranteed a production in the Annual Summer Shorts Festival; the playwright is awarded a $1,000 cash prize, royalties, and an invitation to Miami for the festival. All finalists are invited to Miami to see the Festival, May 30June 23, 2019, take part in an Industry Weekend, June 79, 2019, and hear readings of their works performed by the City Theatre ensemble of actors.

The National Award Contest Finalist scripts are often contenders for the various productions and programs City Theatre presents year-round. This year, four plays out of eight in Summer Short 2019, include the winning script and three finalists*, a finalist musical from 2017 and finalist musical from 2018, and two 2018 finalist plays.



 

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 WINNER
Lia Romeo, (NJ) THE PRESENTATION*

2019 FINALISTS:
Jake Chapman, (Music) and Lisa Mongillo, (NY) (Book & Lyrics) HOSPITAL KIDS

Jen Diamond, (MD) THIS IS HOW GHOSTS SPEAK*

Nelson Diaz-Marcano, (NY) RABIOSA and EL YUNQUE IN ENGLISH

Scott Dixon, (MN) ENCYCLOPEDIA ELIZABETHA

Gracie Gardner, (NY) BALLGIRL

Vince Gatton, (NY) BETTER

Stephen Kaplan, (NJ) DEATH DEFYING

Jean Koppen, (VA) GOT A LIGHT?

Jeff Locker, (CA) THE FORGOTTEN PLACE* and SWEET, SHE
Cristina Luzarraga, (NJ) EGG TIMER
David MacGregor, (MI) BLACK FRIDAY

Michael John McGoldrick, (NJ) THE MOMENT AFTER

Jenny Mead, (VA) BUT THAT’S OKAY

Amber Palmer, (MI) THE SPEEDY GONZALES MEMORIAL TURTLE SANCTUARY

Jack Rushton, (MA) MISTRANSLATIONS

Kirt Shineman, (AZ) A LIFE ASSEMBLED

Bara Swain, (NY) EXTRAORDINARY

D. J. Sylvis, (O,ntario, Canada) STARS

Jennie Webb, (CA) SMILING CAT CANDY HEART

Steve Yockey, (CA) TELEPHONES & BAD WEATHER*

Zach Spound, (NY) DINOSAUR
 

About the Playwrights:

 

2019 Winner:

 

Lia Romeo’s (The Presentation) play The Forest was selected for the 2018 O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference. She has been nominated for the ATCA/Steinberg Award for best new play and the NYIT Award for outstanding full-length play, and has been recognized by the Heideman Award (finalist) and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches in the M.A. program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

2019 FINALISTS:
 

Lisa Mongillo (Hospital Kids) is a lyricist and creator of musical theater, comedy, and all the best things really. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the Second City Conservatory. She was selected for the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project at Northwestern University and JMF Writers’ Colony at Goodspeed, and her work with composer Joanna Burns was featured in the 2017 BMI Workshop Showcase in NYC.

 

Jake Chapman (Hospital Kids) has worked with and been recognized by the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

 

Jen Diamond (This is How Ghosts Speak) lives in Baltimore, writes plays, performs comedy, and makes Good Snacks. She’s a member of BIG special project troupe Surprise Party, and makes up one-half of the indie comedy-duo OLGA. Jen has been performing improv since 2010 and is a former member of Johns Hopkins’ improv troupe the Buttered Niblets and sketch troupe Throat Culture. With OLGA, Jen has performed stand up, improv, and sketch comedy in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, and New York. Jen is also a co-host of BIG's weekly bring-your-own team show Impropourri.

 

Nelson Diaz-Marcano (Rabiosa and El Yunque In English) is a Puerto Rican playwright based in New York City. Recently, his play “Rabiosa” was one of the winners at the distinguished Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival. Other awards include Outstanding Play at the Fresh Fruit Festival for “The Diplomats” and Best Play at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2016 for his play “Radical”. Nelson's main artistic mission is to raise awareness about the contrasting cultures that form the communities of this nation and in doing so, explore how they all fit together in the American experiment
 

Scott Dixon (Encyclopedia Elizabetha) is a resident artist/administrator with the Commonweal Theatre Company in southeastern Minnesota. Recently, his work has been seen on stage at the Commonweal, MN Shorts Festival, Midwest Dramatists Conference, and Theatre du Mississippi. Scott is a member of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and the Dramatists Guild of America and news about current and upcoming projects is online at srdixon.net or facebook.com/darklydixon.
 

Gracie Gardner (Ball Girl) is a writer based in Los Angeles. She is a proud member of the Obie-winning group EST / Youngblood and the recipient of the American Playwriting Foundation's 2017 Relentless Award. Her work includes Panopticon (Clubbed Thumb Biennial Finalist), Athena (NYT Critic's Pick), Primary (Project Playwright Award), and Human Resources (James E. Michael Award. Upcoming work includes a Space on Ryder Farm Residency, and a workshop of Pussy Sludge at the Old Vic in London.

Vince Gatton (Better) is a New York-based actor and writer. Works include David Johnston's Candy and Dorothy (Drama Desk nomination, In The Whole History Of Hi-Q (2015 Short Playwriting Award at City Theatre in Miami), Hair Tuck Half Smile, Neon Glowing New, Status Update, and Better. Vince is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and got his BFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stephen Kaplan (Death Defying) featured plays include In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting); and Exquisite Potential (NJ Playwrights Contest). He teaches film and writing at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Jean Koppen (Got a Light) is a playwright living in Northern Virginia. Jean's plays have been produced in the D.C. metro area at Keegan Theatre, Active Cultures Theater (2012 "Sportaculture" playwriting competition winner), D.C.'s Capital Fringe Festival, Port City Playhouse, Atlas Intersections Festival, and across the country and Canada. Jean is an alumnae of the Kennedy Center Playwrights Intensive, a founding member of Pipeline Playwrights and a Dramatist Guild member.

Michael John McGoldrick’s (The Moment After) featured plays include The Moment After ( 2018 National Finalist in the Gary Garrison MFA Ten-Minute Play Competition sponsored by KCACTF), The New Pasteur (“Best Overall Play”, Acadia University’s 26th Annual MiniFest). Wolf and Badger (Finalist , 2018 Trustus Theatre Playwrights Festival). He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University in May 2018.

Jenny Mead (But That’s Oka) has had numerous short plays produced at various theaters in Charlottesville, VA, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, California, Ohio, Mexico and London. Several of her plays have won Audience Favorite Awards. A former Hollywood executive, journalist and English teacher, Jenny lives in Charlottesville where she is mother to a basset hound and writes business ethics case studies at the University of Virginia.
 

Amber Palmer (The Speedy Gonzalez Memorial Turtle Sanctuary) is a playwright currently based out of Kalamazoo Michigan. Her work has been read at Activate Midwest: New Play Festival, Flint Repertory Theatre New Works Festival, and Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival. A monologue from her play It’s a Small World or The Robot Play is published in Best Men’s Monologues of 2019. Amber will graduate with her M.F.A. in Playwriting from Western Michigan University in Spring 2020.

 

Jack Rushton (Mistranslations) Founder of The Weekend Writers Workshop in Newburyport, MA. Two dozen of his short plays have been produced nationally.

Kirt Shineman (A Life Assembled) is a Phoenix-based playwright and Professor of Communication. Kirt has been a playwright at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, The Hormel New Works Fest, and DC Black Theatre Conference. His topics range from the personal Allie Opp’s Last Fantastic Day – Emerging Artists Theater, Off-Broadway to the political Forbidden Glass- (O’Neill semi-finalist). His play, Germs and Viruses, (NNPN finalist & O’Neill semi-finalist) had its premiere at Arizona State University Mainstage Theater in 2015. He has degrees from Arizona State University (MFA- Dramatic Writing), Emerson College (MA- Communication), and Colorado State Un. (Rhetoric & Theater).

Bara Swain's (Extraordinary) plays and monologues have been performed across the country in more than 100 venues in 25 states and abroad.  NYC theatres include The Barrow Group,  Urban Stages, Abingdon Theatre, Articulate Theatre Company, Athena Theatre, Sam French OOB Festival, Artistic New Directions, Project Y Theatre, Symphony Space, Players Theatre, Rising Sun, Ego Actus, Kaufmann Theatre, Gallery Players, Turnip Theatre, NY Madness, Stage Left, Polaris North, T.A.R.T.E., Aching Dogs, and Greenhouse Ensemble.  Other venues include NJ Repertory, TheatreWorks, Lyric Theatre, New American Theatre and Open Fist, Old Opera House, Potluck Productions MO, OnStage Atlanta GA, and Short+Sweet Festivals in Hollywood, Canberra, Sydney, and Dubai.

 

D.J. (Stars) is inspired by monkeys, robots, cats, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bigfoot, that theme song from The Greatest American Hero, Arthur Kopit, 80s-era Justice League comics, various dystopias from his childhood(including Bible School), Lego spacemen, Alfred Hitchcock Presents(just the hosting segments), potato chips, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, yellowed sci-fi paperbacks, friends, enemies, strangers in the night… and all things strange and wonderful in this world.

 

Jennie Webb (Smiling Cat Candy Heart) is an independent writer and playwright whose work has earned her support from the Playwrights Center’s PlayLabs, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Rogue Machine Theatre, EST/LA, Theatre of NOTE, Road Theatre, Santa Monica Rep, Inkwell Theater, The Blank Theatre, Little Black Dress INK, Virginia Avenue Project, National Winter Playwrights Retreat, PlayGround-LA, Moving Arts MADlab and Rogue Artists Ensemble’s inaugural Rogue Lab, among other organizations and programs.  She describes her playwriting style as “Domestic Absurdism.”

 

Steve Yockey (Telephones & Bad Weather) is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His plays Bellwether, Pluto, Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOON, Subculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, Wolves, Disassembly, and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. Additionally, his play Joshua Consumed an Unfortunate Pear (originally commissioned by Miami’s City Theatre) was included in the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays and the subsequent published anthology. Other plays include Blackberry Winter, The Thrush & The Woodpecker, Bleeding Hearts, and Bliss. His new play Mercury will open this season at Salt Lake Acting Company in Salt Lake City, Utah and Stray Cat Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. Steve is an artistic associate at Forum Theatre in Washington, DC and a company member of Out of Hand in Atlanta, GA. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently serves as a writer/producer for the television series Supernatural.

 

Zach Spound (Dinosaur) is an award-winning musical theatre composer. His first full-length musical, LEAP (NMI/Disney New Voices award) received its first workshop this past spring. He also participated in the 2016 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project in Chicago. His music has been heard on stages across New York and Los Angeles, including 54 Below, Rockwell Table & Stage, and Catalina Jazz Bar.


 

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CONGRATULATIONS to the 2018 WINNER

KEN WEITZMAN, COVENANT (...OR BAGELS AND BUTCHERY)

2018 FINALISTS:

Sheila Cowley, DUCK

Audrey Cefaly, BLOODBATH AT THE FILLMORE

Scott Gibson, AILUROPHOBIA

Greg Edwards & Andy Roninson, THE ALMOST IN-LAWS

Eric Pfeffinger, MELTO MAN AND LADY MANTIS

Ian August, FROZEN FOODS

Lindsay Joy, THE CLEANERS

Ross Maxwell, DON'T TURN AROUND

Brent Englar, WEDNESDAY'S CHILD

Emmeline McCabe, SHIVAREE

Becca Schlossberg, THE STORY OF GOLEM AND THE PATHETIC GIRL

Tracey Smith, MEET THE PETS

Alex Dremann, PRECIPICE

Phillip Hall, THE NURSE

Emily Kaczmarek, AMERICAN KIDS

Andrew Heinze, The BAR MITZFAH OF JESUS GOLDFARB

Monet Hurst-Mendoza, WORK IT, BITCH

Justin Warner, GHOST LITE

Lauren Gunderson, DAMSEL & DISTRESS

Gina Femia, FLY, BABY

Jeff Bouthiette, BIRTHDAY

Amanda Keating, THIS MOVIE

Ashley Lauren Rogers, BECKY'S CHRISTMAS WISH

Rachel Bublitz, SWALLOWED

Greg Smith, SCHRODINGER'S GUN

Leslie Ayvazian, SMILING AT YOU

Mark Harvey Levine, OH, TANNENBAUN

Preston Max Allen & Will Buck, Franklin Pierce: DRAGON SLAYER

France-Luce Benson, MELANIN

 

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2017 WINNERS

Christyn Budzyna, Charles Cohen, and Helen Park
BAKED
GOODS

THE FINALISTS
Lin-Manuel Miranda  21 CHUMP STREET

Philip Middleton Williams A MOMENT OF CLARITY

Hillary Rollins BIG FAT COW

Chisa Hutchinson CHOOSING LOVE
Korde Tuttle CLARITY

Ken Weitzman COVENANT (OR, BAGELS AND BUTCHERY)

Jonathan Josephson GRANDPA AND THE GAY RABBI
Dean Bevan GRIM REAPER

Susan Miller HUMAN AFFAIRS

Jeff Fraga I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN

JEALOUS Nathan Brisby HUSBAND RETURNS IN THE FORM OF A PARROT

David MacGregor JUST DESSERTS

Yasmine Rana LEAF CUTTER

Angela Stern MAMA'S EGGNOG

R. Eric Thomas MIRIAM 1234

Timothy Huang  MISSING KARMA

Lizzie Vieh MONSOON SEASON

Lia Romeo OUT OF THE PARK

Jane Willis THE KID

 Eric Pfefinger THAT THING THAT TIME

Scott Sickles THE BEDROOM SUMMIT

Seamus Sullivan VALKYRIE IN THE ROLLER DISCO

 

2016 Winner: Greg Edwards & Andy Roninson,
EVELYN SHAFFER AND THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

THE FINALISTS

Brough Hansen  THE BLUE

Carey Crim ROOM 313

Chris Critelli & Andy Roninson WARPED

 Chris O’Connor MISS RING HAS LOST HER PHONE

 Daria Polatin GeTTING AHEAD IN THE BIG BAD WORLD

 Elin Hampton F4

 Gary Jaffe SUNSET

  Greg Edwards & Ron Barnett EPISCUS & EDENDUS

 Greg Waters THE DEVIL’S ASSISTANT

 Jennifer Jasper EGGS

 Landon Braverman & Derek Hassler CHOICES

 Lia Romeo LAST CALL BY

 Patricia Cotter RULES OF COMEDY

 Paul Tei WEDNESDAY’ S CHILD

 Rich Espey IN MEMORY OF MS. MARY BROWN

 Scott Barsotti TELL ME WHO YOU SEE

 Suzanne Bradbeer THE COLONEL OF OKOBOJI

 Tearrance Chisholm CATHEDRAL THEATER

  Vanessa Garcia FREEK

 

2015 Winner: France-Luce Benson

RISEN FROM THE DOUGH

THE FINALISTS 

Ann Wuehler  THE MATING SEASON OF FLYING MONKEYS

Anne Wynter RUBY NOW AND AGAIN

Audrey Polinski  BURGER BALLET

David Hilder  MISFORTUNE

Donna Hoke  SURVIVAL STRATEGY

Eleanor Burgess  PARK SLOPE MINSTREL SHOW

France-Luce Benson  THE TALK

Greg Waters  THE POETRY CURSE

James Armstrong  THE TRADE

Jane Elias   BABY STEPS

Jane Martin  BEDTIME

Jillian Leff REAL TALK

Lauren Feldman   SAND AND SAM

Lia Romeo  YOG SOTHOTH

Louise Wigglesworth  REAL ART

Miranda Hall  THE VALUE OF Y

Neena Beber  RUNNING INTO YOU

Patricia Cotter  THE ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION

R. Eric Thomas  HUMAN RESOURCES

Rich Espey  THE JOYCE KILMER SERVICE CENTER

Susan Miller  READING LIST

Vanessa Garcia  THE CROCODILE’S BITE

Vince Gatton  IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF HI-Q

 

2014 Winner: Arlitia Jones
TORNADO
THE FINALISTS

Leslie Ayvazian  THE CLICK

Carey Crim  GLAMPING

Richard Dresser  HALFTIME

Fielding Edlow  BUMP BETWEEN FRIENDS

Jessica Farr  NADIE

Edith Freni  FLARE

Ira Gamerman  DID THIS MATTER? (A Game Show)

Vanessa Garcia  LASSO

Gary Garrison  GAME ON

Mira Gibson  OLD FLAME

Holli Harms  COUGAR

William Pendergast III  THE LAST OF THE McLAUGHLINS

Craig Pospisil  THERE’S NO HERE HERE

Theo Reyna  THE SCOTTISH PLAY

R. David Robinson  INK

Jake Rosenberg  NO ONE GIVES A CLAP

Andrew Rosendorf  SISYPHUS

Mark Routhier  LEAVING

Becca Schlossberg  HANDS

Lojo Simon  BATSHIT CRAZY

Gwydion Suilebhan  VERTICAL CONSTELLATION WITH BOMB

R. Eric Thomas  WHEN YOU PUT IT LIKE THAT IT’S RIDICULOUS

Michael Weems  ONE THREE TWO

Sheri Wilner  THE ONE

 

2013 Winner: David Bar Katz
MOTHRA VS. THE CASTING DIRECTOR: AN ALLEGORY
THE FINALISTS

Leslie Ayvazian  THE FAVOR  

 Brad Beckham & Hector  Pino PAPELES

Kendra Blevins  iZOMBIES  

Alex Broun  50 GUNS  

Cricket Daniel  BREAK DREAMS  

Emily Dendinger  EVERYBODY HURTS (SOMETIMES)

Vanessa Garcia  PAWN  

Holli Harms  MAKE JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY GO HOME  

Israel Horovitz  THE BUMP  

Peter Kennedy  DISCONNECTIONS  

Alexis Kozak  GIRLS PRAY OR KITCHEN STIGMATA  

Nina Mansfield  BITE ME  

Catya McMulle  MISSED CONNECTIONS  

Darren Miller & Kevin Mead  EDISON/TESLA  

John Minigan  IT’S THE JEWS  

Rick Park  PLEASE REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY  

Mary Sansone  WRINGLEYS  

Bara Swain  THE HOTEL LOBBYIST  

Deborah Yarchun  THE STARFIRE DANCE  

2012 Winner: Carey Crim
GREEN DOT DAY
THE FINALISTS

Joyce Turiskylie I’LL BE THERE  

Adam Peltzman BEDFELLOWS  

Lojo Simon MOSCOW  

Andie Arthur THE DUELING EDWARDS  

Sheri Wilner A TALL ORDER  

Richard Vetere THE KID’S MENU  

Holly Hepp-Galvan DEPARTURE  

David Kranes THE MEMORY PILLOW  

Patrick Gabridge ESCAPE TO WONDERLAND  

Barbara Bryan

WITHOUT REGARD TO NEW ORLEANS  

Bekah Brunstetter RUN  

Allan Bates FORCED ENTRY  

C. S. Hanson THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW?  

J. C. Svec VALERIE AND THERESA  

Kyle John Schmidt THE DUNGEONS AND THE DRAGONS  

Allan Baker …LAST AND ALWAYS  

David Bar Katz HANDING DOWN THE RECIPE  

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