The John C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize
is awarded to undergraduate students whose original works will be
produced and performed in the final slot of our main stage season. This
award is made possible through the generosity of Mike O’Malley ’88, a
former student of Professor Edwards. Mr. O’Malley and Professor Edwards
sit on the play selection committee to help choose the winning play.
“A Love Story” written by Jessica Miller ‘13 of Lee, NH.
When Amber, a young woman with an eating disorder, is placed into
residential care, she is faced with the most difficult battle of her
life. Luckily her boyfriend, Ed, is by her side. However, Amber and Ed
begin to realize that their own idea of "support" and "recovery" are
vastly different from one another, and thus they must also fight for
their relationship. The winning playwright, Jessica Miller, is a senior
theatre and math education major from Lee, NH. Jessica is currently an
improviser in Dorks in Dungeons and is in rehearsals for the musical,
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Her passion is acting and
she hopes to move to Chicago to pursue an acting career. “A Love Story”
is directed by Nina Lary ‘13 of Antrim, NH.
“Occupational Hazards” written by Dan Shine ‘14 of Shrewsbury, MA.
When Roy, an awkward would-be writer stuck in a dead-end job, arranges
for a blind date online, he gets more than he bargained for. As dinner
proceeds with Stephanie, a charming computer analyst, she reveals that
she is there for a far more sinister reason. Both are forced to confront
the dark reason for their seemingly random encounter, calling to
question what sorts of things are better left unsaid. The winning
playwright, Dan Shine, is a junior English and theatre double major from
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Dan is a member of Improv Anonymous comedy
group and loves acting, writing, comics, and film. He hopes to pursue a
career in writing and directing for stage. “Occupational Hazards” is
directed by Nick Iannotti ‘13 of Alton, NH.
“Retreat to Will's House” written by Colton Huelle ’15.
After drunkenly breaking up with his girlfriend, Will Ward meets Jack, a
stranger with a mysteriously thorough knowledge of Will's past. Led by
Jack's prodding, Will revisits his adolescent love for the beautiful and
unattainable Veera. Returning to his childhood hideaway, a dilapidated
garden shed, Will must face his most painful and poignant memories in an
attempt to reclaim the past from which he has never escaped. The
winning playwright, Colton Huelle, grew up in Bedford, NH, where he
began writing poetry and short fiction in high school. He has performed
his poetry in many New England bars and coffee shops. He currently
studies English literature and the University of New Hampshire. He is
tremendously influenced by New England and Bob Dylan. "The Retreat to
Will's House" is his first play and will be directed by Elise Williams
Other prize winners include student designers Alyssa LeBlanc ’13, a
design and technology theatre major of Salem, NH, Sara Demos '13, a
general theatre major of York, ME, and Danielle Pancoast ’13, a design
and technology theatre major of Westford, MA.