Bruce R. Coleman

Bruce R. Coleman Wins Southwest Playwriting Competition

Coleman, Acting Artistic Director at Theatre Three, takes first place in Stage West's ninth annual competition. Shane Strawbridge and Lauren Ferebee place second and third.

published Sunday, December 13, 2015

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Bruce R. Coleman

Congrats to Bruce R. Coleman, Shane Strawbridge and Lauren Ferebee, the first, second and third place winners of Stage West's Ninth Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition. The plays will have staged readings Feb. 18-21.

Read more about the winners and their plays in the news release below.


Stage West is pleased to announce the results of its Ninth Annual Playwriting Competition.  All playwrights had to have at least 2 years of ties to Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Louisiana.  Plays could not have had a professional production prior to the April 2015 submission deadline.   The competition uses a method in which the readers do not know the names of the playwrights before the final results are announced.  There are three rounds of reading.  The final round included the following six plays.

The first place winner will receive a $500 prize, will be featured during the Stage West New Play Readings Festival, February 18-21, 2016, and will be considered for a future full production at Stage West.

The top three plays as selected by Stage West’s contest readers will be presented at the 2016 New Play Readings Festival.


The Finalists:


Day Light (First Place)

by Bruce Coleman, Dallas, TX

BIO - Bruce R. Coleman has been working as an Artist in the Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Community for many years. As a Director, Scenic and Costume designer and Actor, Bruce has contributed to Theatre Three, Uptown Players. Kitchen Dog Theatre, ICT MainStage, Circle Theatre, Stage West, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park and The Junior Players. As a playwright, Bruce's work has appeared at Theatre Three ( LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO PIXIE DE COSTA, TALES FROM MOUNT OLYMPUS ) Uptown Players ( MYTHICAL BEASTIE, ASHER TEXAS '82) Kitchen Dog Theatre ( OBJECTIFICATION, REQUEST ) Upstart Productions ( A CONVERSATION WITH A (potentially) NAKED MAN, LARRY KRAMER HATES ME) and the Yolo Solo One Act Play Festival sponsored by Elaine Liner and Audacity Productions ( THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.) Currently, Bruce serves as Acting Artistic Director for Theatre Three in Dallas.

Play Synopsis - It is the late 1800's and In the small Texas panhandle town of Junction Pass, The Poteet Family are facing a blizzard heading directly toward their ranch-house. As the family - a widowed mother and three of her four sons - take shelter against this force of nature, the facade of comfort and control they rely on begins to crumble around them. Old wounds, fresh betrayals and hidden longings become exposed even as the storm threatens to bury them alive.



The Sinister Ones (Second Place) 

by Shane Strawbridge, Irving, TX

BIO - Shane Strawbridge is an MFA candidate as a member of the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University. He received his MA in Drama from Texas Woman's University in 2014 and his BM in Music Education from Howard Payne University in 2006. Since 2006, he has had a variety of readings and workshops across the country. Plays include PHOBIA, THE GORSKY EFFECT, REMOVING THE BOULDER, MY CORNER OF THE PAINTING, THE SINISTER ONES, I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU, WORDS ARE HARD, EVERYBODY HURTS, ROCKS, CONTIGO, and DINER. As an actor, he has won awards from The Column Awards, The Stony Awards,, and was named one of Dallas-Fort Worth's Best Actors of 2012 by CBS-DFW. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Play Synopsis - In a world blinded by hate, is anyone truly right? Ryan Kurtz has come of age and is now faced with the completion of a religious ritual as part of his family's faith. Bo Algate's political future is faced with a possible stall. Sal is busy recruiting members to support her own political and personal convictions. When a disaster strikes the province, they all must decide how their own beliefs will influence the future of their country.



The Reckless Season (Third Place)

by Lauren Ferebee,  Spartanberg, SC

BIO - Lauren is Texan native and a multi-disciplinary theatre artist whose primary medium is playwriting. THE RECKLESS SEASON was developed during her 2014 residency at HUB-BUB/SLT and subsequently had readings with Boomerang Theatre Company and Ground UP Productions. Her most recent work includes DISCREET GLOBAL ASSETS, SEXUAL GEOGRAPHY, which was a finalist for the 2015 Reva Shiner Comedy Award and SOMEWHERE SAFER (FringeNYC).  Other companies and organizations that have developed her work include Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Adaptive Arts, WET Productions and Flux Theatre Ensemble. BFA, NYU/Tisch.

Play Synopsis - Lisa and Simon used to be soldiers, but they're trying to put all that behind them. Except Simon's mother just committed suicide, Lisa's marriage is falling apart, the local meth dealer won't leave them alone and the only calm person in town is Simon's odd brother Terry, who spends all his time playing video games. Set in 2008, THE RECKLESS SEASON traces the failed escape attempts of four people who, by their own estimation, just aren't very important.



Honorable Mentions:

All Things Evolve by Carl L. Williams, Houston, TX

Graham’s Grail by John J. Humphrey, Fort Worth, TX

Rhythm and Blues by Henry Greenberg, Waco, TX


The 10th Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition deadline is April 15, 2016.  Entries accepted beginning January 1, 2016. Thanks For Reading

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