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March 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Short list for the Steinberg/ACTA prize

“Seven Spots on the Sun,” a play by Martin Zimmerman about the inhabitants of a small village caught up in a political revolution,  is one of six finalists for the annual Harold & Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award.  Zimmerman’s play has had a workshop at Icicle Creek Theatre Festival in Leavenworth,  and received staged readings at ACT Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Also vying for the top 2014 Steinberg/ATCA award of $25,000, and two runner-up citations of $7,500, are: “Fear Up Harsh,” by Christopher Demos-Brown, a study of the nature of heroism among American veterans of war in the Mideast;  “I and You” by Lauren Gunderson, focusing on the surprising relationship between a teenager in need of an organ transplant, and a young man who appears to collaborate with her on a school assignment;  “Smokefall” by Noah Haidle, which takes a zany/serious look at several generations in a troubled Midwestern family;  “H20″ by Jane Martin, a character study of a devout actress and a troubled action film star preparing to play Hamlet; and “Stupid F**king Bird” by Aaron Posner, a contemporary take on Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”

The ATCA/Steinberg winners will be named in April at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ken.   The six finalists were selected from 28  scripts, which were evaluated by a  jury of 19 theater critics including  Misha Berson of The Seattle Times;  Steve Treacy, Port Townsend Leader; and Jerry Kraft, critic for www.seattleactor.com.

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