Winners announced for #MeToo Play Festival

Six winning scripts have been selected for the 2nd Act Players May #MeToo Play Festival. The winning scripts examine topics raised by the #MeToo movement such as sexual harassment, physical and psychological abuse.

“These are some very powerful stories, we were immensely impressed by the quality of entries this year,” says 2nd Act Players’ Founder and Artistic Director John N. Frank.

The winning scripts and authors are:

By Eileen Bryne Richards
This excerpt from a larger piece looks at a young woman and the impact that emotional, financial, sexual and physical abuse has on her life and relationships. Here, the main characters decide which allegiances are most important in the face of MeToo allegations.

By Jean Waller
Shortly before their wedding, a couple on the way to the Women’s March finds they may not know as much about each other as they thought and, suddenly, everything is cattywampus.

Driving Lesson
By Carol Saller
A woman desperate to get her driver’s license is put through her paces by a lecherous instructor, an escaped convict, and a flirtatious cop.

Donnarella Spangle’s Feet
By Anne Segard
Donnarella Spangle has escaped her sordid past as a circus act and made a new home and life in another town. She feels safe until Harvey Trin finds her. Harvey has the ability to expose her past and Donnarella has to stop him.

By Elizabeth DeSchryver
Laura begins to suspect some unsettling truths about her father as she helps her widowed mother pack for moving.

By Cassandra Rose
Three academically gifted high school graduates become hopelessly entangled in a sex scandal. Based on true events.

Aayisha Humphrey, a Chicago stage veteran who teaches at the Piven Theatre Workshop and was assistant director of the 2nd Act Players’ 2017 production of Moving Boxes, will director this production.

This marks the second time the 2nd Act Players have done a staged reading of a play by Waller, who resides in Chicago. Her A Little Something was read during the 2017 New Playwrights’ Showcase.

Rose, Segaard and Saller also live in Chicago. Richards is a Wilmette resident while DeSchryver lives in Evanston.

Auditions for the festival will be held Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. TO SIGN UP TO AUDITION, SIMPLY CLICK HERE


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