Finalist in the Eudora Welty New Play Competition – Me!

Jackson, Miss.—After sorting through 225 submissions of new plays, New Stage Theatre will present readings of three new plays in the Eudora Welty New Plays Series on March 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 22 at 2 p.m. The readings are open to the public and admission is free. No reservation is required.

The Scutley Papers, written by Jamie Wax of Baton Rouge, La., will be presented on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Diana Howell, The Scutley Papers follows one woman’s journey through an abusive relationship to her discovery as a creative writer. The audience becomes her imagined readers, as she unspools her tale with drama, warmth and surprising humor. We share in her self-discovery as she finally gains the strength to leave—or maybe not.

Solving Sunflowers, written by Patricia Milton, will be presented on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Tony Poston, Solving Sunflowers is a fanciful comedy that follows Nessa, a recent widow, on a journey from grief to recovery. The play illuminates the themes of surviving a random universe and how an outsider can redeem a town.

Thea’s Turn, written by Mary Queen Donnelly of Canton, Miss., will be presented on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Directed by Chris Roebuck, Thea’s Turn is a play based on the life of Sister Thea Bowman, an African-American with Protestant origins in Canton, Miss., who became the only black nun in the Catholic religious congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Cross, Wis.

All three readings will include a post-performance discussion with comments from respondent John Maxwell. The discussion will provide an opportunity for the playwrights to answer questions from the audience and the chance for them to evaluate and “fine-tune” the play. There will be a reception following Sunday’s readings in which the first, second and third place awards for the plays will be announced. Each winner will receive a cash prize.

The Eudora Welty New Plays Series was established in 1984 for the discovery and development of new American plays. It was named in honor of Eudora Welty, who was an active member of New Stage Theatre’s board of directors.

Again, the readings will be held at New Stage Theatre in the Hewes Room on March 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. The readings are open to the public and admission is free. No reservation is required. For more information please contact the theatre’s box office at (601) 948-3531.

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