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“Skin Deep” Winner of FSU’s Center for Creative Writing Playwriting Competition Award

Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing has named Mary Lynn Dobson’s play “Skin Deep” as the winner for the 2010 One-Act Playwriting Competition. Dobson is a playwright from Atlantic Highlands, N.J. Over 45 one-act plays from around the country were submitted, as well as several from Canada and England. The plays were judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality.

Dobson’s play is a one-act comedy that focuses on the world of child beauty pageants and explores how the edges are blurred as to what can be classified as “pageant fun” and what is exploitation. “Skin Deep” was the only play submitted to receive a perfect score from the judges. One judge commented, “So true! This play truly exposes the truth about little girls’ beauty pageants.” Dobson will receive a $750 cash prize and a full-stage production of her play.

Minnesota resident Michelle Jane Wilson’s “That’s Him,” a play about the complexities a family encounters while they are mourning the loss of the father, won second place. The third place winner is “Monifa’s Kiss” by Alonzo D. LaMont Jr., a resident of Baltimore. Wilson and LaMont will receive staged readings of their works and $250 and $100, respectively.

The full-stage production of “Skin Deep” will be Sept. 24 and 25 at a venue in Frostburg. The staged readings of “That’s Him” and “Monifa’s Kiss” will be on the afternoon of Sept. 25 at the Lyric Theater in Frostburg.

For more information about the production of “Skin Deep,” the staged readings of “That’s Him” and “Monifa’s Kiss,” and other endeavors at the center, visit their Web site at

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