Don Fried — Playwright & Author

Award for “Postville,” London production for “Shakespeare Incorporated”

Posted on: April 19, 2009

I heard yesterday that my “Postville” play was selected as one of the winners in the 2009 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region playwrighting competition.  The competition was open to writers from the 23 states west of the Mississippi River.  During the Showcase (some time from August 5th – 8th), “Postville” will have a staged reading at the Curious Theatre in Denver.

The award is certainly comforting after the flagellation I got from the activists and superannuated playwriting professors at the reading at StageWest in Des Moines.  From the audience reaction I knew the play was better than that, but it’s still nice to get some recognition like this.

The other good news is that “Shakespeare Incorporated” is going to be produced in London, either this Autumn or early next Spring.

Last summer, when “(Not) At Home” was being produced at the Boulder International Fringe Festival, the Fringe folks contacted me to ask if I’d be willing to house some out-of-town artists.  I looked at the list and noticed that some of them were from the U.K.  Maybe I’ll make a contact that will help in marketing my work in the U.K, I thought.  So I agreed to house a Brit.

Sure enough, I made contact with Andy McQuade, a wonderful actor and the Artistic Director of the Second Skin Theatre Company in London.  I gave him a copy of “Shakespeare Incorporated,” and he loved it.  About 6 weeks ago he contacted me, and we’ve signed a deal for him to produce “SI” in London.  He’s looking for a suitable theater venue now.  I’ll post more when things are finalized.

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?

In case you didn’t recognize it, this is my happy face.smileyface

2 Responses to "Award for “Postville,” London production for “Shakespeare Incorporated”"

Congratulations,

I too have a play (a ten-minute short) that will be given a staged reading at the Curious. I loved hearing about the fortuitous connections that have led to your production in London, and I look forward to meeting you at the event.

All the best,

Kristin

Kristin,

It will be great meeting you. A playwright friend of mine, Judith, and I are thinking about having a reception at her home during the Showcase. She lives just a few blocks away from the Curious Theater. I hope you can join us.

Don

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