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Rod Parker Playwriting Award

Chop

NewFest: Chops (2010-2011 Season). Photo by Kirk J. Miller.

The Rod Parker Playwriting Award and NewFest are both funded by the generous support of Rod Parker ’51. Mr. Parker wrote his first play while an undergraduate at Emerson College, and in 1991 made the Playwrights' Festival possible by creating an endowment to fund fellowships for student playwrights and support the first productions of their work.

Emerson College is very grateful and fortunate that Mr. Parker recognized the importance of supporting new playwrights and provided a way for the next generation of theater artists to cut their teeth and discover the tools needed to keep theater vital.


2014–2015 Submission Information

Eligibility

The Rod Parker Playwriting Award is open to all current Emerson students.

Submission Deadline

Submissions are due October 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm.
Two copies of each submission should be turned in: one hard copy, and one electronic copy.

Submission Guidelines

  • No more than two submissions per playwright, please.
  • One electronic (PDF) copy of your script submitted to emersonstage@emerson.edu.
  • One paper copy of your script submitted to the Emerson Stage Office, 6th floor of the Tufte PPC
    • Single-sided
    • Bound with a binder clip—no staples
  • All scripts must include a title page with your name, major, year of graduation, play title, your address, email address, and a telephone number where you can be reached during the winter break and during the spring semester

Award

The recipient of the fellowship will be announced in December. We plan to host a private reading of the winning play before the semester break. The chosen play will be be added to Emerson Stage's 14-15 Season as the NewFest production, performing March 19-22, 2015 in the Greene Theater.

Selected scripts will also be staged as part of the NewFest Readings, March 28-31.


Winners of the Rod Parker Playwriting Award

2013–2014

The Listener, by James Kennedy. See production photos »
As The Listener, Jillian Burns provides a safe space for clients to tell their most personal stories, secure in the knowledge that since she is Deaf, their stories cannot be heard – or shared. What her clients don’t know is that The Listener is an excellent lipreader. She relies on the secrets of others to make herself feel powerful, because she knows too well that being Deaf in a Hearing world often makes you vulnerable. But keeping secrets is lonely, and when a hopeful new friendship reveals surprising information, Jillian must ask herself whether it represents a chance for forgiveness or revenge.

The following were presented as part of the NewFest Readings:

Dirty Water by Kelly Voke
….And a Happy New Year by Zak Stevens
Gavin by Pablo Milla
Ad Nauseum by Jamie Hovis
A Lifelong Companion by Julian Sky Aldana-Tejada
Ghost Girl by Lina Benich
Terrible Hearts by Mitchell Buckley
Mixed Signals by Allison Raynor
Plus songs written by Nicky Brownson, Patrick Greeley, and Misha Lambert

2012–2013

Catatonia by Dan Robert. See production photos »

The following were presented as part of the NewFest Readings:

A Touch of Stars by Lina Benich
The Grad Party by Leandro Benzaquin
Right There with Me by Bryan Curran
Tall by Robin Goldberg
Mr. Dog’s Long Journey Home by Nash Hightower
Couch Troll by Jamie Hovis
Mixed Signals by Allison Raynor
Lady Liberty’s Fall by Lilliana Winkworth
And a special reading of Halloween by Griffin "Griff" O’Brien

2011–2012

Rough & Tumble by Patrick McDonald

The following were presented as part of the NewFest Readings:

Crystallization by Jenna Danoy
Sam Loves Alex by Robin Goldberg
The Crib in the Corner by Taylor Paul
End of the Line by Ady Pié
Menage by Lena Raff
Catatonia by Dan Robert
And a special reading of Closet Talk by Rod Parker

2010–2011

Chops by Kirin McCrory

The following were presented as part of the NewFest Readings:

Tiny Vessels by Nick Chris
Adam and Evelyn by Patrick Curran
Sunshine Farm by Elizabeth Hagerty
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Katie Johnson
Carry That Weight by Nora Reilly
Binarism by Emily Skeggs
Facilitator of Fatalities by Zachary Stevens
Things We Said Today by Nathaniel Taylor-Leach

2009–2010

Paint by Dan DeNicola

The following were presented as part of the NewFest Readings:

The Gallows by Zachary Forray
Lethologica by MJ Halberstadt
Pillowtalking by Nicolas Coburn
Jim and Paul Meet in Dreams by Danielle Mohlman
Transportation Theory and the Statistical Interpretation of Thermodynamics by Jason E. Weber

2008–2009

Harold Fall or King Will by George Watsky

The following were presented as part of the NewFest Readings:

Another Kind of Dreamcatcher by Brandon Koons
Beauty by Andres Solorzano
Called Back by Harry Vaughn
Dangerous Curves by Emily Fulop
Duck and Cover by A.J. Knox
Hamlet versus MacBeth by Dan Perrault
Nice Guys Finish Last by Patrick Lord
Shooting the Moon by Emily Graham-Handley
Tin Pan Alley by Justine Spingler

2007–2008

Rubik’s Cube by Kimberly Barrante

The following were presented as part of the NewFest Readings:

Better Home Awaiting by Adam Patterson
The Wonder by Lindsay Soson
Harold’s Fall by George Watsky

2006–2007

Lift by Kelly McCabe

The following were presented as part of the NewFest Readings:

The Rubik’s Cube by Kimberly Barrante
The Family Room by Josie Campbell
The Rise and Fall of the Sensitive Man by Liam Carnahan
I Don’t Want to be Frankenstein by Anders Nelson
Bound by David Shaw
A Collaboration by Jessie Shaw

2005–2006

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by David Lawson
Life in Space by Justin Becker

2004–2005

Blue Cheese Chronicles by Sarah Carey

Runners-up:
Halfway Home by Amanda Shank
Monsters by Gail Phaneuf

2003–2004

Goodbye Dolly by Jody Houser
Top Hats and Old Standards by Alison Potoma

2002–2003

Shoot the Bull by Jeffrey VanDreason
Cubicles by Alexander C.P. Danner

2001–2002

a TACK of an American Conscience by Johnmichael Rossi

Runner-up:
A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage by Jason Beaubier

2000–2001

People Watching by Alexis Clements

1999–2000

Fiddler’s Green by A.J. Mell
Prodigals by Rachel Grissom

1998–1999

The Bug by Julie Christine Phillipps

Runners-up:
And Truth by Mary Stanford
Breaking Procedure by Nicole DuFresne

1997–1998

Back Porch by Michell Sylvester

Runners-up:
The Ripening by Sage Wells
Gritos Y Chismesitos by Michael Cavazos-Alcacio

1996–1997

Because I Remember You by Julianne Homokay

Runners-up:
Instant Life by Amy French
Family Business by Laurie Leftkowitz

1995–1996

When in Duluth by Steven Abrams

Runners-up:
Cold Water Flat by Marylou DePietro
Land of the Jane, Home of the Dicked by Thessaly Lerner

1994–1995

Dinner by Lucy Holstedt

Runner-up:
Brave Navigator by David Valdes-Greenwood

1993-1994

Death in Wintertime by Cristina Iovita

Runners-up:
Thursday by Sean Graney
Struggle in a World Without Love by Tom Epstein

1992–1993

Ashika by David Frankel

Runner-up:
Scarcity by Amy Ansara

1991–1992

Love on the Vine by John Cole

Runners-up:
Nirvana is Dead by Josh White
Separation Anxiety by June Rifkin Clark

1990–1991

Back in Your Own Backyard by Joe Antoun

Newfest

Joe Antoun, Artistic Director of NewFest & Part-Time Faculty in Performing Arts

Behind-the-Scenes of NewFest 2011

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Academics - Performing Arts - Kirin McCrory Video

Kirin McCrory '11, NewFest 2011 Playwright

NewFest 2011's Playwright Kirin McCrory on Why She Wrote Chops

Learn about why Performing Arts major Kirin McCrory wrote her play Chops and the process of bringing her idea to life on stage. Watch the video »