Archive for June 2nd, 2009

McGuire Playwriting Competition

2nd June 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Mr. & Mrs. Frank J. McGuire International Playwriting Competition is now seeking applications from citizens and residents of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The competition is open to first-time playwrights as well as experienced and established playwrights.

The winning playwright will receive prize money of $20,000 and will enjoy a world premiere professional production of his or her play by the renowned Irish Classical Theatre Company in Western New York, as part of the company’s 20th Anniversary Season in 2010-2011.

Runners-up in the McGuire Playwriting Competition may be considered for a full professional production by the Irish Classical Theatre Company as part of its annual season of plays in subsequent years to their 20th Anniversary Season.

The competition is co-sponsored by the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, and by Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. McGuire. The Irish Classical Theatre Company would like to extend its gratitude to Larry Quinn of the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and to the McGuire family for their generous support.

Submission Dates & Announcement of Winner
Scripts will be accepted for submission from March 2009 through September 1st 2009, with the winning play announced at a reception and press conference in Buffalo in January 2010, with a concurrent press release to the Irish and Northern Irish media.

Selection Process
All scripts will be assessed by a team of experienced professional and artistic directors on both sides of the Atlantic, in Ireland and in Western New York.

Members of the adjudication panel and the selection process itself will remain anonymous until the winner has been announced.

Additional Benefits to Winning Playwright
In addition to the $20,000 in prize money, the winning playwright will have the option of being a part of the entire five-week rehearsal process in Buffalo, with return flights to USA, accommodation and per diem covered by the Irish Classical Theatre Company and by our sponsors.

The winning playwright will also be invited to the awards ceremony in Buffalo, New York, with international travel and all expenses covered by the Irish Classical Theatre, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, and by the McGuire Group.

In addition, the playwright will receive full royalties on the world premiere production, (8% of gross box-office receipts) for a performance schedule of no less than four weeks.

Information on the competition rules, and application process, are available from the web site.

2009 P.J. O’Connor Shortlist

2nd June 2009 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ Radio 1 has announced the shortlist for the 2009 P.J O’Connor Drama Awards.

The judges for this year’s competition are: Writer, Eugene McCabe; Actor and Director, Bairbre Ni Chaoimh and Jesper Bergmann, Chief Dramaturge at The Royal National Theatre, Copenhagen. Over 500 entries were received and fourteen have been selected for the shortlist.

The winners will be announced live on The Arts Show on Monday 8 June at 8.00pm on RTÉ Radio 1. As well as the prize money, the winners receive the professional production of their play, the chance to take in writers’ workshop, and the winning and short listed plays are broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1.

The RTÉ Radio 1 Drama Awards shortlist:

  • “Dylan, Thomasina and Me” by John Austin Connolly, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
  • “Lilters and Lovers” by James Corbett, Maherafelt, Co. Derry
  • “Brave Day for It” by Derek M. Doherty, Beijing, China
  • “Noah’s Transportation” by Davy Ferguson, Dunmanway, Co. Cork
  • “Working for the Clampdown” by Patrick Fitzsymons, Bushmills, Co. Antrim
  • “Taxi” by Ciarán Gray, North Strand, Dublin 3
  • “Elvis Is Dead” by Shay Healy, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
  • “After We Got Back” by Sinead Hickey, Dundrum, Dublin 14
  • “How I Created a Financial Crisis” by Michael Minihan, John’s Hill Waterford
  • “Shrewsbury Road” by Kevin Murphy, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
  • “A Game Of Confidence” by Billy O’Callaghan, Douglas, Cork
  • “The Come Back” by Siobhan Shine, Menlo, Galway
  • “Happy Hour” by Ashley Taggart, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6
  • “Icarus O’Neill’s Rising Dilemma” by Nicholas Wilkinson, Annamoe, Co. Wicklow