ACT Announces New Play Winner & Launch of New Series for Developing Work


ACT –A Contemporary Theatre rings in 2012 with new and continuing efforts that recognize achievements in outstanding playwriting and create the atmosphere for the development of new work. Playwright Angus MacLachlan (author of the highly acclaimed film Junebug) is named the 2012 ACT New Play Award winner for Abundant Acreage Available.  Two FREE staged readings will be presented in ACT's Bullitt Cabaret February 25-26, 2012. Immediately following each reading are post-play discussions with the playwright and the director, Anita Montgomery.

Montgomery is also the co-creator of a new play development series called The Construction Zone, a Central Heating Lab series that workshops new plays and performs staged readings on select Mondays throughout the year in the new Eulalie Scandiuzzi Space. Plays by Lisa Dillman and Michael Louis Wells are slated for the first quarter.

Tickets for all events are available at  and 206.292.7676. ACT Theatre is located at 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101.



MacLachlan's Abundant Acreage Available takes a quirkily humorous, poetic, and unflinching look at the big existential questions of loss, impermanence, and the notion of home. On a fifty-acre North Carolina farm worked, loved and haunted by generations, the aging siblings of two intimately connected families come to terms with the death of their parents and the shortened strand dividing them from the end of their lives.  


Now in its seventh year, the ACT New Play Award is sponsored by Gian-Carlo and Eulalie Scandiuzzi. Their generous support provides for a national call for submissions and a highly competitive review process. The winner receives $2,500 and the opportunity to workshop their play at ACT. Abundant Acreage Available will feature actors Burton Curtis, Todd Jefferson Moore,Marianne Owen, Wesley Rice and Rick Tutor.

Past ACT New Play Award recipients include

  • ·         Emily Schwend's South of Settling, 2011
  • ·         David Weiner's Extraordinary Chambers, 2010
  • ·         Zakiyyah Alexander's Sweet Maladies, 2009
  • ·         Yussef El Guindi's Language Rooms, 2008
  • ·         Laura Schellhardt's The K of D, 2006
  • ·         Elizabeth Heffron's Mitzi's Abortion, 2005

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