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Kaplan Prize Press Release

Eventide Theatre Company announces the winners of the 2022 Kaplan Prize

Eventide Theatre Company, the sponsor of New Playwrights, New Plays: the Jeremiah Kaplan Playwriting Competition, is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s competition:

  • First place, winner of $1000 Grand Prize, The Tempest-Tost Theatre by Jonathon Ward
  • Second place, winner of $500 Prize, The Playground by Jim Dalglish
  • Third place, winner of $250 Prize, Dreamsville by Susan Lumenello

The Kaplan Playwriting Competition was created to nurture local playwrights and recognize their outstanding work and advance Eventide’s commitment to strengthening the full spectrum of theater arts on the Cape.  Playwrights must have a Cape connection or their play must have a Cape Cod & Islands setting.  Thirty-six plays were entered in this year’s competition, which was directed by Candace Perry, a former winner of the Kaplan.

The Tempest-Tost Theatre by Jonathon Ward takes place on Cape Cod in 1611 and presents a vision of people creating on the stage of Mother Earth before the tragedies began to unfold on the continent.  The play posits that if people had been able to create a culture together, the world would be different.  Mr. Ward lives in Valley Stream, NY.

In The Playground by Jim Dalglish, the mother of a rambunctious 4-year-old leaves her tenure-track position on the West Coast to follow her husband to New York.  There, she takes her son to the East 72nd Street Playground in Central Park and stumbles into a surreal world of wealthy white female privilege.  Mr. Dalglish, a long time contributor to the Cape theater scene, lives in Truro and Quincy.

Susan Lumenello’s one-woman play, Dreamsville, depicts the unlikely journey of the real-life Gloria Stavers, sassy and smart, who established 16 magazine as the teen-idol bible, where girls obsessively followed their fave raves, from Elvis and The Beatles to The Monkees and David Cassidy.  Ms. Lumenello lives in Centerville.

New Playwrights, New Plays: the Jeremiah Kaplan Playwriting Competition would like to thank the following for their grants and support:

The Jeremiah Kaplan Foundation

“What a marvelous production! Every voice is perfectly cast. Great direction, many little nuances in their interactions, and fabulous costumes. A great show!” Dennis O’Brien

Dennis O’Brien

Eventide Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 independent theatre located in the heart of Dennis Village and is known for presenting  thought-provoking plays, concerts, lectures, and mixed media events. Annually Eventide hosts the Kaplan Playwriting/New Plays competition.