2006 International Playwriting Festival Showcases Four New Works

Judges selected four new plays that were presented in 2006 Playwriting Festival. They were:

  • “Sally’s Kitchen,” a drama about the value of family, whether “family” means blood relations or includes an extended group of friends.
  • “A Dinner,” a brisk comedy about relationships and life that uses a dinner to carry out absurdities.
  • “The Third Seat,” a comic drama/ghost story whose family characters and plot twists keep you guessing.
  • “Pressure,” a thought-provoking drama that deals with ethics lessons for a college football player, a professor at the center of the story and, just maybe, every person in the audience.

Noted Actors Participating

Noted artists, many who have won awards from Desert Theater League, included Yve Evans, Holgie Forrester, Dan Graff, Ed Harbur, Rhiannon Howell, Eric Olson, Shep Sanders and Garnett Smith.

The four plays were directed by Playwrights’ Circle CEO Tony Padilla and writer/actor Eric Olson.

Two New Awards for 2006

Playwrights’ Circle presented the winning writer with a $1,000 award—and staged a full production of the winning play in 2007. Also, the theater group presented two $500 awards to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Playwrights’ Circle.

2006 National Short Play Festival Draws Record Numbers

Three new dramas and three new comedies had their world premieres—to record attendees—during Playwrights’ Circle’s 2006 National Short Play Festival Jan. 26-29, 2006.

The festival was held at the Black Box Theatre at Palm Springs High School. View photos.

The six one-act plays featured were:

“A Bullet, a Bear,” by Janet Torreano Pound of Pontiac, Mich ., starring Fred Ellsberg & Yve Evans. In this drama, an old Irishman and his African-American cleaning woman find comfort in their friendship, which has endured many hardships. Directed by Rupert Smith.

“Cool Waters,” by Tom Snyder, a Palm Springs area resident, starring Ed Harbur and Peter Nicholson. This drama is set during the world’s last day when a prison warden is determined to fulfill his duty and carry out the execution of a convicted killer. Directed by Tony Padilla.

“Nothing…Less,” by Eric Olson of La Quinta, Calif. , starring Olson and Jim Strait. In this comedy, two men try to find the meaning of existence and understanding of the universe—during a lunch break. Directed by Eric Olson.

“Presents of Mind,” by Margaret Ruvoldt of West Allenhurst, N.J., starring Eric Olson, Joni Ravenna, Jim Strait and Marilee Warner. This drama is about two women who, after years of friendship, face the idea they may be growing apart, which occurs when they and their husbands exchange gifts. Directed by Elissa Goforth.

“The Dreamcatcher,” by John Rayner of Rancho Mirage, starring Peter Nicholson and Matt Felmlee. This comedy is about an eccentric playwright who believes he has written a masterpiece; his ad in Variety attracts a young actor, who drives 87 miles from Hollywood for an audition…where strange things happen. Directed by Elissa Goforth.

“Work of Love,” by Tony Padilla, Playwrights’ Circle CEO, starring Bonnie “G” and Ed Harbur. This drama examines human emotions without gender bias. Directed by Tony Padilla.

Special Note: “Endangered Species,” starring Ed Harbur & Marilee Warner was substituted one night for “A Bullet, a Bear.” It was written and directed by Tony Padilla.

Playwrights’ Circle in Riverside “Fringe Fest”

Playwrights’ Circle presented “Endangered Species,” written by PC CEO Tony Padilla on Saturday, November 5, in downtown Riverside (exact time TBD). The play was seen during a weeklong celebration of arts and culture.

PC Artistic Director Marilee Warner and Ed Harbur, award-winning actors, stared in the play, which explored how a married couple handles an unusual situation. Visiting from Chicago, they find a live baby in a trashcan while strolling in Central Park. The ensuing discussion about what to do reveals truths about their relationship.

The legacy of the Playwrights’ Circle

2006 was an excellent year for Playwrights’ Circle, and we are happy to continue exploring our past with you. But we aren’t just going to reminiscence about the past. We will learn from the past and apply the knowledge to the present as well as the future.