Undergraduate Prize Plays

Thursday, April 18, 2013
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 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 ’13.

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.

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