2020 New Plays from the Heartland Competition

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!

ONE NIGHT AT ERNIE’S by Todd Wineburner, Pontiac IL

RUNNING UPHILL TO SMOOTH CRIMINAL by E.K.Doolin, Edwardsville IL

WHAT THE MIND FORGETS by Jordan Elizabeth Henry, Cincinnati OH

 

The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland (NPH) provides Midwestern playwrights a chance to share their original plays with residents of Central Illinois. Heartland Theatre Company solicits new, never-produced one-act plays from writers in nine Midwestern States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2020.  Plays are now under consideration.

Play submissions are judged for excellence by a panel of judges who review all of the submitted plays to choose the top six entries. The six finalists are then sent without identification to a final judge, an experienced playwright with national prominence, who chooses the final three plays for a staged reading at our theatre.

The three winning plays are presented as fully staged readings (costumes, lighting, props, blocking) on August 7,8,9 and directed by Jimmy Chrismon. On August 6, our guest playwright offers a forum for playwrights with tips for writing successful plays. On August 7, the three winning playwrights receive an exclusive master class in the afternoon with our visiting playwright Lisa Dillman, and are honored at a playwrights reception following the performance that night.

About the competition:

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY

Previous Winners of New Plays from the Heartland

Heartland Theatre Company is dedicated to providing new playwrights a forum for recognition in our theatre and our community.

This program is funded by the Mirza Arts & Culture Grant of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation and the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant

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