Playwriting Contest '09 Finalists

See the finalists at four seperate shows! Staff

Written by Staff Published on 17.02.2009 15:58:42 (updated on 17.02.2009) Reading time: 4 minutes

The Prague Playhouse in conjunction with the Prague Post Presents:

The Third Annual Prague Post Playwriting Contest
Finalist performances

Prague, February 9, 2009

Back for the third year in a row, the Prague Playwriting Contest brings out the best in Prague´s local writing talent. Conceived and founded by a collaboration between the Prague Playhouse and the Prague Post, the Prague Playwriting Contest has become the biggest event on the English-theater calendar with over 20 artistic participants and over 50 submissions. The winner of the top prize will receive a 20,000 Kc cash award and the top three finalsts will be produced at Divadlo Minor February 21, 25 and March 1 and 4.

This year the judging panel Marta Ljubkova (Charles University,, A2 weekly), Jim Haynes (Edinburgh Fringe Festival Founder) and Marcy Arlin (The Immigrant´s Theater Project in New York) selected three finalists from the over 50 entries received:

Forced Entry, by Dale Bruton
Early Retirement, by David Fisher
The King Size, by Ted Weesner, Jr

The cash-prize winner will be announced at the final gala performance of the festival, Wednesday, March 4, as will the winner of the Audience Award. Prepare to sit back, relax and be entertained by some of the brightest rising stars of theater scriptwriting over four evenings of English-language fun at Divadlo Minor.

Each performance will include all three finalists and the audience will have a chance to vote on which play they think is the best. The play with the highest number of votes will receive the audence prize. Jury prize for the best script is selected only by the members of the judging panel.

Past winners for the best script include “Mrs. Svoboda and the Baobabs” by Nolwenn Trueger and “Burn Your Bookes” by Richard Byrne, which went on to receive a staged reading at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C..
The Prague Playwriting Contest has been seen by hundreds of Prague residents and this year we expect 650 people to attend.

Dagmar Pikhartová, general manager of The Prague Post, says:

“As one of the most established and recognized periodicals catering to the English-speaking community in Prague, we feel a certain sense of social responsibility toward our readers. We wanted to come up with a fun initiative that would get people thinking and talking English. A yearly playwriting competition seemed an ideal way to create a real buzz about town. Judging from the sheer volume of scripts submitted we are confident this platform for expression and exchange will become one of the English events to look forward to.”

Rich Herstek, writer and one of the founders of the Prague Playwriting Contest, says:

“The competition was originally designed to give existing playwrights, budding writers and all those within easy reach of a quill and parchment a platform whereby their works could be read, revised and judged by some of the biggest names in the business and, if lucky enough, have them professionally performed. The Prague Playhouse has been working tirelessly to source judges, producers, directors, crew, theater and rehearsal space, actors, volunteers and more; all involved have given freely of their time, energy and creativity.”

Tickets for the performances can be bought Divadlo Minor Box Office, Vodičkova 6. Prague 1, tel: 222 231 351, Minor´s online store and at the Globe Bookstore, Pštrossova 6, Prague 1, tel: 224 934 203. Tickets can be also reserved by emailing or calling 775 36 10 10.

They are priced at 220 CZK (regular) and 180 CZK (students) and 250 CZK (regular) and 200 CZK (students) for the March 4th gala evening including the awards ceremony, buffet and complimentary drinks.

Dates and times of perfomances
Divadlo Minor, Vodičkova 6 (see the map below]

Saturday February 21st – 20:00
Wednesday February 25th – 20:00
Sunday March 1st – 20:00
Wednesday March 4th – 18:30

The following (finalist) plays will be shown: 

Forced Entry
By Dale Bruton
Directed by: Todd Kramer
An English country house, 2 burglers and a deal gone bad. Mr. Bruton´s comedic play mirrors the style of Guy Richie in this fast paced one-act about friendship, betrayal and incompetence.

Early Retirement
By David Fisher
Directed by: Gordon Truefitt
Remember the Golden Rule? David Fisher explores the consequences of “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You” in Early Retirement. Set in the Czech country, the play is centered around an English gentleman on his quest for fortune. Will his shortsightedness cost him everything?

The King Size
By Ted Weesner, Jr.
Directed by: Melanie Rada
Who we are is not who we seem in this one-act from Ted Weesner, Jr. Trying to get away from who you are is not so easy when you´re still dependant on those who knew you before! Mr. Weesner´s piece shows that even brilliant writers can sometimes get themselves in a bind: the characters in The King Size twist and turn like acrobats on the trapeeze to get away from their responsabilities.

Partners of the contest are: Mövenpick hotel, Marriott Prague, Prague Film School, SPUSA (Society of friends of the USA)

Media partners are, Provokator,, Prague Daily Monitor, Radio Prague

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