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Paula J. Sanders Receives Prize From TeCo's New Play Comp.


Paula J. Sanders walked away $1,000 richer on Saturday night at TeCo's 7th annual New Play Competition. The Valiant Never Taste Of Death was voted best one-act play by audience members who attended the performances over the past three weekends. Sanders is the second female playwright to win the coveted prize since its inception in 2002. The playwright received two roundtrip American Airline tickets and $1,000 cash. NEA Theatre Critic Alexandra Bonifield wrote, "The play puts a chilling face on the killer disease cancer." Incidentally, Paula also celebrated her 40th birthday on last night.

Literary Prize Winner
Willie Holmes was awarded the Literary Prize for his script Change? during Saturday nights events. Holmes received 95 points out of 100 from the Reading Committee of all the entries submitted for the 2009 New Play Competition. Change? consistently received accolades by theatre critics who reviewed the show. Holmes received a roundtrip ticket courtesy of American Airlines.

The officially tally is as follow:
Paula J. Sanders' The Valiant Never Taste Of Death But Once
received 123 votes
Phillip Morales' Son Of A Immigrant
received 116 votes
linuslynell's The Assassination Of Nathaniel Isaiah Gary Gamarcus Anderson
received 69 votes
Willie Holmes' Change?
received 59 votes
Richard Carter's I Only Need A Few
received 47 votes
Barbara Macchia's The Special Schedule
received 14 votes

Congratulations to the winners and a job well done to all the playwrights, actors, directors and production staff.


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