Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Names Prizewinners For Inaugural Student Playwright Festival
Local high-school seniors and aspiring playwrights, Addison Antonoff, William Miner, and Carter A. Prentiss have been chosen by Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. (DDTCo.) as prizewinners of its inaugural Student Playwright Festival. Each playwright is awarded a $500 scholarship and is paired with a Houston-based playwright as a mentor to fine-tune the plays and prepare the plays for production. The students will be guests of honor as their plays are performed at the MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston on June 6, 2018.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Addison Antonoff, a senior at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, presents her ten-minute play, The Mother, The Son, and The Holy Deli. This laugh-out-loud look at antisemitism within a Christian-centric community features Mary, the stereotypical Jewish mother, berating her son over the dangers of his lifestyle. Antonoff will be mentored by author and playwright, Doug Williams, best known to Houston and DDTCo. audiences as co-author of The Boundary. The Mother, The Son, and The Holy Deli will by directed by John Mitsakis, who has been at the helm of numerous productions, including One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, American Buffalo, The Middle Ages and Saturn Returns.
William Miner, a senior at The Kinkaid School, describes his play, Insomnia as the story of James, a 10-year-old boy suffering from anxiety and insomnia, who is tormented nightly by two demons...and this is the night it ends. Miner will be mentored by Gwen Flager, whose play Shakin' the Blue Flamingo will premiere this summer as part of Queensbury Theatre's New Works Development Program. Insomnia is perfectly paired with director Ananka Kohnitz, well-known in the Houston theatre community for presenting dark plays such as Bug and The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
Carter A. Prentiss, a senior at Dulles High School in Fort Bend County, debuts his play Cassandra about a conversation between two college boys that begins when one-an aspiring journalist-writes about sexual assault. Questions are asked, but the answers are not always what we want to hear. Prentiss is mentored by Ted Swindley, who is known for creating the worldwide hit musical Always...Patsy Cline and is the Founding Artistic Director of Stages Repertory Theatre. Cassandra is directed by John Patterson, whose directorial credits include The Festival of Originals, Bright Ideas, Hunter Gatherers, and Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon.
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