Our 2020 Kaplan Playwright winner, James Marlow
Touched by War by James Marlow
Eventide Theatre Company recently presented a virtual public reading of this year’s winning play, Touched by War – written by James Marlow, our 2020 Kaplan Playwright winner. This original full-length play was reviewed and selected by a panel of three Eventide judges – and was recognized as the winner of our annual playwriting competition on April 1st, 2020.
James Marlow is no stranger to the theater world, having written several short plays that have been produced around the country, as well as having another full-length play read at the Provincetown Theatre Company. He has also won several playwriting competitions and has self-published four novels.
The public reading, directed by Eventide Artistic Director Chris Edwards, took place in our virtual Zoom studio and was aired live on Saturday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 3rd at 2:30 p.m. – and was performed by this incredible ensemble (pictured above) – top row: James Marlow (playwright), Robert Bock, Chris Edwards (director); middle row: Melinda Gallant, Patrick O’Rourke; bottom row: Tim Hystad, Jan Bradbury Richmond, Rebecca Riley.
As a special treat, we’re sharing the link for this performance:
Grab a beverage, make yourself comfortable – and enjoy this unique production.
And if you feel moved by what you’re seeing and would like to contribute to our efforts to bring thought-provoking theater to our valued Eventide audience, especially during these challenging times, we would greatly appreciate a donation of $25, $50, $100 or more.
Thank you for supporting our artistic vision and for helping us sustain high-quality community theater.
For over 10 years, Eventide Theatre Company showcases an array of Cape Cod creative voices, including our annual New Playwrights, New Plays: the Jeremiah Kaplan Playwriting Competition and Performance.
The New Playwrights, New Plays Competition encourages and stimulates the writing and production of new full-length plays by Cape and Island writers. The Competition is sponsored by Eventide Theatre Company, a Cape Cod non-profit organization devoted to producing stimulating theatre for the purpose of inspiring thought and debate and showcasing the work of local artists.
The 2007 winner ~ Meridian Summer by Candace Perry
The 2008 winner ~ Sequel by David Kucher
The 2009 winner ~ Eucatastrophe by Andy Reynolds
The 2010 winner ~ This Verse Business by A.M. Dolan
The 2011 winner ~ To Be in the Game by Tom Gotsill
The 2013 winner ~ A Talented Woman by James Dalglish and Lynda Sturner
The 2014 winner ~ Fifteen Men in a Smoke Filled Room by Colin Crowley
The 2015 winner ~ The Final Say by Meryl Cohn
The 2016 winner ~ Bruno by Raymond van Over
The 2017 winner ~ Colonel of Reason by Tom Gotsill
The 2018 winner ~ Office Noise by Bob Dutton
The 2020 winner ~ Touched By War by James Marlow
We accept full-length play manuscripts (please no musicals or previously produced work) from Cape Cod playwrights only.
+ The playwright chosen as having submitted the best script will receive a $1,000.00 prize and a public reading on the Eventide Theatre Stage in Dennis.
+ Each play is given a written critique by a theatre professional .
+ With the initial submission, an entry fee of $25 is required to defray the cost of the written critique.
+ Further post critique discussion via email can occur before the final draft is due.
+ We employ three individuals to read the final submissions.
+ With the collaboration of the winning playwright, a director and actors will be chosen to prepare the public reading which will be held on our stage before a paying audience.
+ The $1,000.00 check will be presented to the winning playwright at that reading.
+ Playwrights should submit their plays using the registration form below.
+ Be sure to include your phone number and other contact information on the title page only.
Major funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Kaplan Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.