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Frostburg One-Act Play Festival Winners Announced, Date Set

Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing announces that Roger Strauss’ play, “Delicious,” is the winner of the 2012 One-Act Playwriting Competition for the Frostburg One-Act Play Festival. The plays were judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality. His play will be produced for the festival, to be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, in Frostburg.

Strauss, of Moretown, Vt., came late to playwriting. He began his writing career upon semi-retirement from 30 years as executive director of a community mental health center. His play, “Caring,” won the new play contest of the Tennessee Theatre Company in Knoxville in 2005. In 2006, “The Lessons of History,” a one act, was awarded Honorable Mention at the FirstStageLA One-Act Play Contest. Strauss is also a founding member of the Vermont Playwrights Circle. In “Delicious,” Adam, Eve, Snake and God come back to deconstruct and reconstruct the classic myth that got us all to where we are today. Strauss will receive the top prize of $750 and a full-stage production of his play.

Lawrence Joseph’s “The Color in the Bathroom,” a play in which partners Martin and Louis discuss colors, relationships, Vegas, Aunt Polly and more, won second place. Joseph is a long-time actor who moved from the Denver area to Fort Worth, Texas. The third-place winner, “The Next Move,” about an elderly couple who uncover some disturbing things while bickering their way through a Sunday afternoon, is by New Yorker William Fowkes. Fowkes is an award-winning playwright and published fiction writer. Joseph and Fowkes will receive staged readings of their works and $250 and $100, respectively.

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