CSM Hosts Independent Playwriting Festival, Page to Stage

The College of Southern Maryland presents a playwriting festival with five first-time original playwrights holding auditions, casting performers and presenting their plays all in three days, May 20-22.

Playwrights will each showcase their 10-minute plays during the final day of the festival, beginning at 3 p.m., May 22, at the Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium. Tickets are $5 to see all five performances.

The playwrights are residents of Southern Maryland and came together one day during a playwriting seminar at CSM to begin writing their first original play.

Ellynne Brice Davis of Leonardtown will feature her play, “Oh! Holy Night,” in Bethlehem, Penn. in the apartment of Mary Anne and Joey King, where a contemporary Christmas Eve celebration is experienced.

Missy Fallabel of St. Mary’s County will present “Captured Memories,” presenting the life of a woman and her daughter which will allow the audience to consider how long memories can last.

Joanne McDonald of Port Republic presents her play “The Beacon” where two women will take a journey by the request of a loved one.

Tasnim McWillliams of Hollywood presents “Instant Disconnect” showcasing how the misuse of cell phones leaves two people with a lot of things left unsaid.

Lois Stephenson of Leonardtown presents “Irises” where two would be robbers are surprised by an elderly woman.

Auditions for each play will be held at the Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium, 7-10 p.m., May 20. Those selected to perform will be notified that evening and given a time to return for rehearsal on May 21.

Award-winning professional playwright and Washington D.C. resident Allyson Currin will assist and offer advice to directors. Currin has authored nearly a dozen original plays and teaches acting and playwriting at George Washington University. She has also taught playwriting at Goucher College, English composition and literature at Prince George’s Community College, drama at The American School in Switzerland, Shakespeare at The Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts, acting at the University of Virginia and served as a visiting professor of playwriting at St. Mary’s College. Currin will also serve as the professional responder to choose the one play which will be showcased during the Southern Maryland Originals (SMO) event. 

SMO promotes original works from playwrights, lyricists, musicians and poets in Southern Maryland and, will take place at the Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium, Nov. 8-12. Information on Currin’s experience and work can be found at http://allysoncurrin.com/press.html.