“One Foot in the Gravy,” the winning play in the 8th Annual Playwright Festival competition, will premiere this weekend as part of the festival.“One Foot In The Gravy,” by Howard Kingcade, tells the story of Fergy, a cultured but jaded middle-aged woman, who talks her lover, Ned, into disguising himself as a female nurse in order to care for her wealthy skinflint husband Frank, who is reportedly on death’s doorstep. Tired of waiting for Frank to die, Ned steps into action, which begins a comic cascade of events.
The play will premiere at 8 p.m. Friday in the Parkview Physician’s Group ArtsLab Theatre at 300 E. Main Street. Directed by Phillip H. Colglazier, it will be presented as part of the festival at 8 p.m. Saturday, followed by a discussion led by Janet Allen, executive director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Additional performances at 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. March 24 and 25, and 2 p.m. March 26.
Allen is the featured speaker for the 2017 festival, and she will lead a workshop discussion about what it means to be a playwright in the United States and how to develop and advance new scripts. Allen will speak at the festival workshop at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the ArtsLab Theatre, followed by the annual festival reception.
The second- and third-place plays will have stage readings followed by discussions led by Allen. “The Unpredictability of Fire,” by Rebecca Cameron and directed by Thom Hofrichter will be presented at 10 a.m. on Saturday. “My Dead Clown,” by David Rousculp and directed by Craig Humphrey, will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both play readings will be held at the ArtsLab Theatre.
In the competition open to current or former residents of Indiana and to those in a 90-mile radius of Fort Wayne, scripts were submitted by playwrights throughout Indiana and from Colorado, South Carolina, Illinois and New York. These scripts were judged by a committee of local and national theater professionals.
The Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival was established to help nurture the creative writing talents of Indiana playwrights. A $40 festival package includes all events and is available through the ArtsTix Box Office at 424-5220. Tickets for individual events are available and can be purchased by phone or online at fwcivic.org.
The festival is sponsored by an anonymous donor. More information is available at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre website, fwcivic.org.