“The Wedding Gift,” a comedy play by longtime area writer and humorist Nancy Carlson Dodd, was named winner of the fourth annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival.
The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre announced the winner, runners-up and other details about the festival Tuesday.
Runners-up were, second place, “Bernice Sizemore's 70th Birthday,” by Nancy Gall-Clayton; and third place, “The Mark of a Dog's Foot,” by Anthony Seed, Jr., the Civic Theatre said in a news release.
The festival will take place May 31-June 2 at both the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St., and adjacent Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.
The featured play presented will be “Lombard,” by Michael B. Druxman, which will star Jessica Butler as movie legend and Fort Wayne native Carole Lombard.
The featured play opens at 8 p.m. May 31 and will repeat at 2 p.m. June 2 and on weekends through June 9.
Carlson Dodd's winning play, which centers around a lavish wedding and an unusual gift from the bride's parents, will be presented as a fully staged production during the festival, with a premiere June 1. That performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with Carlson Dodd, who also won the first Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival in 2010 for her play “The Ladies in Cabin 10.”
“The Wedding Gift” also will be presented on weekends through June 8.
The second- and third-place plays will be presented as stage readings, with discussions afterward featuring each play's author.
The festival competition was open to current or former residents of Indiana and those residing in a 90-mile radius of Fort Wayne, the news release said. Scripts were submitted by 24 playwrights.
The entries were judged by a committee of local and national theater professionals.
Special guests at the festival will include Douglas Post, Chicago regional representative of the Dramatists Guild of America, and “Lombard” playwright Druxman, the news release said.
Post will lead a workshop on “Playwriting and Services of the Dramatist Guild of America” at 10 a.m. June 1. Druxman will present a workshop on “Writing for the Stage, Screen and Television” at noon June 2.
For more information, go to www.fwcivic.org.