16 N.C. Dramatists Will Vie for Bragging Rights and $100 in The ArtsCenter’s “10th Annual PlaySlam!”

Sixteen N.C. playwrights will vie for top honors in the "10th Annual PlaySlam!" Nov. 17th at The ArtsCenter
Sixteen N.C. playwrights will vie for top honors in the “10th Annual PlaySlam!” Nov. 17th at The ArtsCenter

Starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17th, 16 North Carolina playwrights will complete for bragging rights and a $100 prize in The ArtsCenter’s 10th Annual PlaySlam!, produced by ArtsCenter Stage in collaboration with the Playwrights Roundtable. This year’s participants include Paul Baerman, Deborah Barrett, Jack Berry, Mark Cornell, Danielle Fenton, Bill Garrity, Debra Kaufman, Mario Kersey, Richard Krawiec, Scott Larson, Jesse Lowe, John Paul Middlesworth, Renee Nixon, Amber Noel, Eric Weil, and Ken Wolpert.

According to The ArtsCenter:

“… Any North Carolinian may enter by submitting two plays of 1-3 minutes in length. Playwrights must be present to win the prize of $100, and are thus encouraged to pack the audience with friends and family so as to obtain an advantage….

PlaySlam!, an ArtsCenter Stage original production 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 five playwrights and those five playwrights proceed to Round 2 with a new play. 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.

“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 is a nonprofit teaching and presenting organization founded in 1974. The largest employer of artists in Orange County, NC, it serves more than 60,000 people annually, through classes, studios, concerts, theatre, spoken word, gallery displays, more than 80 school shows, and more. The ArtsCenter exerts a local economic impact of almost $2.9 million, which generates the equivalent of 78 full-time jobs and $231,000 in state and local tax revenue….

“Programs at The ArtsCenter are supported in part by Giorgios Hospitality Group, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Orange County Arts Commission, and Tony Hall and Associates.”

ArtsCenter Stage and the Playwrights Roundtable presents 10TH ANNUAL PLAYSLAM! at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro, North Carolina 27510.

TICKETS: $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show, except $2 discount for students and seniors and $7 for Friends of The ArtsCenter.

BOX OFFICE: 919-929-2787, ext. 201, or http://www.etix.com/. SHOW: http://www.artscenterlive.org/event/performance/1682.


ArtsCenter Stage: http://www.artscenterlive.org/performance/center-stage.

Playwrights Roundtable: https://www.facebook.com/playwrightsroundtable.

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

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


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By Robert W. McDowell

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).