Deathmatch Winners - October 2016 "POWER"

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Best Actor: 
Penny Davis-Dublin
Best Play: 
180 deg
Written by: 
Michael Tooher

October is usually a difficult month to play a show in Portland. In our theatre rich community everyone is either rehearsing, opening a show, or getting ready to open a show this time of the year.

That didn’t seem to affect last night’s Deathmatch at all. A large crowd responded to host Charlie Cole’s theme of “Power” with lots of new scripts and some terrific acting performances.

18 scripts were submitted to be read:

Delvyn Case Jr. - Life Jacket 
Jo-Anne Walton - Saving Mrs. White 
Chalmers Hardenbergh - No Exit 
Sally Hinckley - Sensitivity Training 
Josh Gauthier - Power Struggle 
David Body - Brand New Boss 
Peter Karasopoulos - Dogs Playing Poker 
Hal Cohen - Bouillabaisse 
Dick Sewell - House Power Play 
Randy Hunt - Power Struggle 
Michael Tooher - 180◦
Kat Loef – Eeny Meeny Miny Moe…
Eric Darrow Worthley – Debt Collection
What is Reality? – Lynne Cullen
Family First – Khalil LeSaldo
Open Up – Jason LeSaldo
The Mendicants – Cullen McGough
Power Play – Natasha Salvo

Of these 10 were chosen by the Playwright Sorting Device to be read:

Family First – Khalil LeSaldo
Dick Sewell - House Power Play 
Randy Hunt - Power Struggle 
Michael Tooher - 180◦
Kat Loef – Eeny Meeny Miny Moe…
Eric Darrow Worthley – Debt Collection
Josh Gauthier - Power Struggle 
Chalmers Hardenbergh - No Exit 
Delvyn Case Jr. - Life Jacket 
Cullen McGough - The Mendicants

Best Actor Finalists:

Penny Davis-Dublin
Chalmers Hardenbergh

Best Actor:

Penny Davis-Dublin

Best Play Finalists:

Dick Sewell - House Power Play
Michael Tooher - 180◦

Best Play:

Michael Tooher - 180◦

Committee Notes:

The topic motivated a wide spectrum of plays. While there were plenty of laughs to be had, the plays were almost all serious and a few were experimental in nature.

The actors had a fine evening as well. Strong performances abounded and we had four new actors make their debut on the Mayo Street Arts stage. Bravo!

The Deathmatch returns on Wednesday, November 2nd. The aforementioned Tooher is the host and the theme is Fear.

Did you know that CBC generated plays have been playing all across the country this summer? And that one opens next week for a three week festival run in NYC?

Plays begin at Crowbait Club but do not end there. Send your work out!