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FSU Center for Creative Writing Announces Winners of One-Act Playwriting Competition

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing announces “Love in a Minor Key” by David Finney of Chicago, Ill., as the winner of the 2014 One-Act Playwriting Competition for the Frostburg One-Act Play Festival. The second-place play is “It’s Your Funeral” by Barry H. Weinberg of Bethesda, Md., and the third-place play is “The Search for a Life Worth Repeating” by Larry Ukolowicz of Fort Worth, Texas.

Plays were judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality. This year, more than 50 plays were submitted to the One-Act Playwriting Competition from across the country.

The Center for Creative Writing will host its fifth annual One-Act Play Festival on Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Palace Theater in Frostburg. The festival showcases the top three winning plays of the 2014 One-Act Playwriting Competition with a full performance of the first-place play and staged readings of the second- and third-place plays. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

“Love in a Minor Key” is about 70-year-old Arthur Clifton, whose wife of 50 years, Millie, has just passed away. Looking to fill the loneliness with someone, he has started dating, and as he tells us, the whole effort has been a complete failure. As he sits on a park bench, recounting his dating experiences and reflecting on his marriage to Millie, Arthur draws a picture of what John Coltrane might call “A Love Supreme.” Local playwright Ty DeMartino, who serves as one of the contest’s final judges, said that “Love in a Minor Key” “is a highly emotional and funny story” and that “it’s a delightful, beautifully written one-act play.”

“It’s Your Funeral” is about a girl named Lisa who is convinced that her Uncle Billy didn’t die by accidentally falling down the stairs. Determined to hunt down her uncle’s murderer, Lisa welcomes the help offered by her late Uncle Billy and by Stacey, the deceased mother of Lisa’s boyfriend Jim. They find four suspects who were in the house the morning that Billy died and who had the motive, the opportunity and the means to do him in. That is, if he were murdered.

“The Search for a Life Worth Repeating” tells the story of Richard, a man who has been searching for the perfect mate in all the wrong places. He introduces the audience to a bevy of women until he finally bridges the gap on a warm, star-crossed evening.

Tickets will go on sale for the performances later this summer.

Entries for the 2015 One-Act Playwriting Competition will be accepted starting Jan. 1.

For more information, contact the Center for Creative Writing at or 301-687-4340, or visit the Center’s web page at

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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