A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival 2021
Dates for Performances are September 24 & 25, 2021
By J. Myles Hesse
In 1896, the infamous celebrity Oscar Wilde languishes in a prison cell for crimes of "gross indecency," while his best friend and sometimes lover, Robbie Ross, plans a desperate bid to expedite his release. All proceeds according to his plan until Oscar's estranged wife and his tempestuous boyfriend threaten to undo all of Robbie's work as they seek to supplant the other as Oscar's favorite. Robbie is left to negotiate an impossible truce, all the while coming to terms with his blossoming affection for a seductive rent-boy who refuses to leave his home.
by Megan Gooden
Ally and Eric lead an imperfect life filled with moments of happiness and plagued by echoes of uncertainty. One morning an 18-year-old girl named Tawni arrives on her bicycle and invites herself in. She brings with her, immediacy, honesty and the memories of a sister who is no longer standing beside her. With an unsubtle presence akin to blunt force trauma, Tawni confronts the couple, exposes their friends, and gently indicates a better way to go forward, until her sister calls her back.
by Zachary Stern
Kent Styles is probably not a nice guy. He’s fresh out of prison and needs a quick score to avoid some harsh local consequences. With an assist from his sometimes girlfriend, he targets his blind, but reliable Uncle Fred, and far less patient wife, Liz. Having been burnt before, should they trust Kent? It’s a rock and a hard place, as this time, Kent is suggesting they pull the plug on their long comatose and vegetative son, to accommodate his situation.
The adjudication committee consisted of Annamaria Pileggi, Henry Schvey, Carter W. Lewis and Liz Engelman, Dramaturg and Executive Director of The Tofte Lake Artist Retreat. The author’s names were removed from the scripts so that the adjudication process was “blind”. The selected plays will be workshopped with a guest dramaturg in the fall.