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June 4, 2013 > 'The Keys to the Hotel Barbary' playwriting cage match

'The Keys to the Hotel Barbary' playwriting cage match

Submitted By Bob Miller

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward proudly announces its second annual playwriting cage match contest on Monday, June 10: "The Keys to the Hotel Barbary." Five playwrights will enter but only one will emerge victorious! Last year's "Tales of the Hairless Raccoon" was a wild and wooly success, so this year we decided to make the contest an annual event. Join us as playwrights from far and wide square off.

The only requirements for aspiring contributors were that the scenes had to be 20 minutes or less, have no more than four characters, and be set in a ramshackle basement hotel room in the fictional Hotel Barbary of San Francisco. Playwrights were encouraged to come up with creative and elegant back-stories that incorporated the setting into their scenes; the time period, tone, theme or genre was up to their imaginations. All are welcome at the Hotel Barbary!

This year we've had entries from all over the U.S. and even two from abroad, and they are still coming in. The theatre's Artistic Director, Susan E. Evans, with some help from her team, will select the top five submissions, and each one will be allowed one rehearsal. The five scenes will be presented on June 10 at a live staged reading at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, and the audience will decide the winner. Admission for the reading is free; tokens to vote will be sold for $5.

Playwriting Cage Match: The Keys to the Hotel Barbary
Monday, June 10
8 p.m.
22311 N. Third St., Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: Free admission, $5 for a token to vote

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