Attention, wannabe playwrights: Got a script hiding on your hard drive? Been trying to make that dialogue sound authentic? Even if you're not the next David Mamet, the Vermont Playwrights Circle wants to hear from you. The Montpelier-based nonprofit founded by multimedia artist Kim Ward just issued a call to Vermont writers to submit scripts for the 5th Annual Summer Readings Series at Montpelier City Hall, courtesy of Lost Nation Theater. And "Vermont" status is very liberally defined, according to the group's website - "anyone who has lived here at least three months at any time in their lives."
Ward says the group receives about a dozen submissions each year; those are reviewed by the script-reading committee and, ideally, are tweaked and polished at monthly workshops in Berlin. "We're usually able to accommodate all of the plays," she notes. Roxbury-based playwright and VPC board member Jeanne Beckwith has certainly benefited from the association: Earlier this month a staged reading of her one-act Love Letters Made Easy took place in Montpelier; in April, the group will facilitate another of her works, Broken Circle.
The deadline for summer 2007 submissions is May 1. The next workshop is March 15. Visit http://www.vermontplaywrightscircle.org or call 223-7029 for details.
In other theater news, Burlington playwright-director Seth Jarvis and Green Candle Theatre Company are putting on Keely and Du for one week only - February 28 - March 4 - at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. Written by Jane Martin, the controversial drama focuses on a relationship between a young pregnant woman, kidnapped by a militant pro-life group while seeking an abortion, and the woman who guards her. Keely and Du was nominated for a Pulitzer in 1993, and did win an American Theatre Critics Award the following year. The play theoretically presents a balanced view of the abortion debate - or at least "puts a human face on both sides." Sounds more civil than real life.
» MULTIMEDIA: Eva Sollberger features Keely and Du in episode 10 of Stuck in Vermont, her Seven Days video blog.