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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

NKY Playwrights Win Kentucky New Play Series, Live Reading August 11

NKY Playwright Jennifer Davis poses with "Brave" original cast, producer and director at The Drama Workshop's Home Brew in 2019. (Img Provided. From left: Amy Eyers, Richard Zenk, Jen Fischer Davis, Ally Donahue, Eric Thomas, and Darren Lee.)
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Northern Kentucky playwrights Jennifer Davis and Eric Thomas, both affiliated with Village Players of Fort Thomas are among the winners of the Kentucky New Play Series sponsored by Kentucky Playwrights Workshop of Ft. Mitchell.

All winners of the contest will receive a plaque commemorating their achievement and their winning play will be given a live reading on Zoom on Monday, August 11, beginning at 7pm.

Ms. Davis' play “Brave” is described by her as “taking place in the moments immediately after, 'I’m sorry, we did everything we could' for a pair of grieving parents and the daughter they’ve just lost. The play was recognized as winning “with Distinction,” according to KPW's Contest Coordinator for this year's KNPS Teri Foltz, a resident of Ft. Thomas.

Jen Fischer Davis has an MA in English from Northern Kentucky University. Her play “Brave” was awarded both “Best on the Page” and “Best on the Stage” at the 2019 Home Brew short plays festival hosted by The Drama Workshop in Cincinnati. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net and long-listed for the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award. 

Publication credits include a collage essay in McSweeney’s and poetry in Rust + Moth, Yellow Chair Review, Whale Road Review, Licking River Review, Door is a Jar, Right Hand Pointing, and many others.

Mr. Thomas' short monologue “The Woodworker's Tools” is described by the author as being about “the unusual last will and testament of a woodworker who wills a wordless set of plans, which his adult child is left to decipher.”

Eric Thomas lives in Florence and works throughout the Cincinnati, Ohio metro area as an award winning playwright and actor. His short plays have been selected for performance across the US and in London. His play “A Better Place” won the Best on Paper award from Theatre Southwest in Houston, TX, and the Audience Favorite award at the ShowOff! Festival in San Juan Capistrano, CA. His one-act “The Stands” won the Scribe Playwriting Competition in 2020. Mr. Thomas gives much of the credit for his success “ to the actors and directors who commit to my work, always making it better on the stage than it is on the page.”

Other selected plays include “Kamusutra” by Tom Coash, Louisville; “Wilcox Prom” by Cris Eli Blak, Louisville; Vince Gatton author of “Status Update” of New York City and Louisville, KY; and John Kelly writer of “Legacies of War” who is a former faculty member at Somerset Community College, now retired from the faculty of Elmira College, Elmira, NY.

Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, founded in 2009, is a non-profit located in Ft. Mitchell dedicated to encouraging and developing the state's playwrights through contests, seminars, conferences and the commissioning new works for the stage. One of the organization's longest running programs is the Kentucky New Play Series which began in 2012 has recognized 42 ten-minute plays and short monologues. Twenty-seven plays were first produced, 2012-2018, at the Kentucky State Fair. More recently productions have been performed at venues including Spotlight Playhouse, Berea, Flashback Theater, Somerset, and at Northern Kentucky University. This year, for the first time the plays will be given a wider initial audience by being read on Zoom on 11 August 2021.

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