During The ArtsCenter’s “Ninth Annual PlaySlam!” the Audience Will Choose the Best Short Play

Julie Oliver (left) and Katja Hill during the "Seventh Annual PlaySlam"
Julie Oliver (left) and Katja Hill during the "Seventh Annual PlaySlam"

Julie Oliver (left) and Katja Hill during the "Seventh Annual PlaySlam"
Julie Oliver (left) and Katja Hill during the "Seventh Annual PlaySlam"

The audience will be the judge at The ArtsCenter’s Ninth Annual PlaySlam! — co-sponsored by ArtsCenter Stage and the Playwrights Roundtable — at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19th, in the Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater in Carrboro, NC.

According to The ArtsCenter:

“Back for the ninth year, it’s the one and only, ever-popular, never-duplicated, totally untamed PlaySlam! This ArtsCenter Stage original in collaboration with the Playwrights Roundtable works something like a poetry slam with very, very, very short plays (1-3 minutes in length) vying for fame, and fortune. Who wins? The audience decides!

“With one night only for rehearsal and performance, the actors dive headlong onto the stage and perform all Round 1 plays. The audience votes on their top 5 playwrights and those 5 playwrights proceed to Round 2. The playwright with the most votes at the end of the night wins the $100 prize.

“Yes, the PlaySlam is just that fast and just that furious! As winning playwright John Boni says, ‘The PlaySlam is the most fun you can have without breaking the law!’

“The PlaySlam mixes high art and low math in one fell swoop and is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, and audiences to mix it up. Professionals and first-timers are on equally uneven footing on this raucous and rollicking adventure.

“So what you doin’ November 19th? Wanna SLAM it?”

According to the Facebook page for PlaySlam!:

The ninth annual PlaySlam! will feature plays by Paul Baerman, Jack Berry, Mark Cornell, Don Darnell, Danielle Fenton, Steve Gallagher, Bill Garrity, Christine Jerigan, Debra Kaufman, Leslie Nydick, Randy Pait, Elizabeth Peel, Rick Regan, Annie Taft, and Eric Weil.

Members of the acting ensemble will include Jeff Aguiar, Sarah Donnell, Mary Forester, Thom Gradisher, Jillian Holmquist, Clay Hudson, Jesse Jones, Carol Oleson, Dan Oliver, Julie Oliver, Eric Swenson, William Stott, and Estes Tarver.

ArtsCenter Stage director Jeri Lynn Schulke notes, “Playwrights must be present to win. So, pack the audience with friends and family and obtain an unfair advantage.”

She adds, “The Playwrights Roundtable is a play development laboratory. Its purpose is to encourage the creation, development, and production of plays by North Carolina writers. The Roundtable hosts monthly meetings and readings in addition to annually producing at least two workshop productions featuring the works of local playwrights.”

The ArtsCenter presents NINTH ANNUAL PLAYSLAM! at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro, North Carolina 27510.

TICKETS: $8-$10 (includes scorecard).

BOX OFFICE: 919/929-2787, ext. 201; theatre@artscenterlive.org; or http://www.etix.com/.

SHOW: http://www.artscenterlive.org/event/performance/758.

PRESENTER: http://www.artscenterlive.org/performance/artscenter-stage-series.

VENUE: http://www.artscenterlive.org/.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.artscenterlive.org/about-tac/visitor-info.


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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).