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Calling All Women – Year Two of Ebell Playwright Prize

Director Ellen Sandler gives notes to the actors in a rehearsal for last year's reading.
Director Ellen Sandler gives notes to the actors in a rehearsal for last year’s reading.

Women playwrights – it’s time to get that play polished and submitted to the 2015 Ebell Playwright Prize before the December 1st deadline. Financial prizes will be given to the top three finalists and the winning play will be produced as a staged reading at the Ebell Club – great exposure for a new work that could lead eventually to a theatrical production somewhere.

“Women just aren’t being given their due in theater,” Cynthia Comsky, Founder and Chair of the Ebell Playwright Prize, told the Larchmont Buzz. “Almost all of the plays on Broadway are written by men, not women. We want to give Californian women the incentive and exposure to keep writing for theater.” Comsky noted that last year’s competition had 55 submissions from all over the state of California. Writer  Michele Carter won first prize for her piece “20 Friends” in 2014 followed by a staged reading at the Ebell of Los Angeles.

“Hopefully, many of these wonderful plays will go on to have another life,” Comsky shared.

This year’s winning play will be directed by Susan Isaacs, and the full list of 2015 notable judges and advisors is available on the Playwright Prize web page.

Details of the Prize and submission guidelines are available in more detail on the Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize website.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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