Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Contest

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In August 2011, the Castillo Theatre (Dan Friedman, artistic director, Diane Stiles, managing director) presented three winning scripts from the 2011 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Contest, selected from over 150 entries including from U.S., Italy , New Zealand, Africa and the UK which were directed by distinguished theatre professionals. Performances were held at the Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. See Broadway World.com news article.

The winners of the 2011 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting contest are:

Women and Guns by Steve Gold, directed by Robert Bruce McIntosh

Almost five hundred American women have been killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan; this is the story of one of them. After joining the Marines as a way out of poverty, Tiffany Hansen finds herself in combat in Iraq. While her boyfriend  worries, powerless to protect her, Tiffany deals with the realities of war.

Counting Skunks by Lavinia Roberts, directed by David F. Chapman

What can you do when the traditional family fails you? You can create a new kind of family. Gracie, a high school senior in Parsons, Kansas, flees her abusive father to live with her older half-sister, only to find her sister living in a compromised situation. This is the story of a tenacious teenage girl on a winding road to finding dignity and love.

Rising by Carolyn Nur Wistrand, directed by Imani

Based on true stories, Rising tells the story of American men and women, Black and white, discovering the costs of freedom. On the eve of the Emancipation Proclamation, Helen Bruce, a free African American schoolteacher from Baltimore, begins teaching a night class for slave women on an island in South Carolina recently liberated by the Union Army. As they learn to read and write, the women struggle with what it might be like to be free in a re-imagined America.

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