The Eventide Theatre Company is announcing the winner of the 2018 Jeremiah Kaplan Prize for new playwrights. Tom Gotsill is our first repeat winner, having first won in 2011 for his play “To Be in the Game”. Tom’s prize winning play, “Colonel of Reason,” concerns the life of Robert Ingersoll, a celebrated thinker and orator from the late 19th Century. Though little known now, Ingersoll was a famous agnostic, secular humanist, and a celebrated public speaker. He was so well known that he was mentioned in the works of writers as diverse as Ambrose Bierce, William Faulkner, James Joyce, Sinclair Lewis, and Sherwood Anderson. The Jeremiah Kaplan Prize is worth $1000.00.
Eventide’s Playwrights Competition is unique in that it provides all submitting authors the opportunity to have their work critiqued and developed with the assistance of a highly experienced literary coordinator, Steve Reynolds, Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Wittenberg University in Ohio. Steve advised Tom through 3 rewrites of his of his work, as well as providing assistance and critiques to all the other playwright submitting new plays this year.
A staged reading of “Colonel of Reason” will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 7:00 pm and on Sunday, March 25 at 2:30 at the Jacob Sears Library, 23 Center Street, East Dennis, MA 02641, Tickets will be $10.00 per person and are available at the door.
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. We accept full-length play manuscripts (please no musicals or previously produced work) from Cape Cod playwrights on or before September 1 each year. Go to our website; www.eventidearts.org, to find out more about how to enter for the 2019 Kaplan Playwrights competition. Submissions are due on September 1, 2018.