Fort Wayne Civic Theatre to Present 7th Annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival

March 3rd, 2016

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February 25, 2016

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre to Present 7th Annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival

BWW News Desk

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presents the 7th annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival on Saturday, March 19, 2016, with the winning play presented March 18-27.

A festival package for all events is just $40. Stage readings, workshop & festival reception are $10 each, if purchased separately.

Check out the brochure online at

The Plays:


The Tales of Charlotte Wilson, P.I.

by Daniel Hart

A rare and valuable map has been stolen from the Bakersville museum! The thieves have been apprehended by the police, but the stolen map is nowhere to be found. The museum owner hires Charlotte, a quirky but brilliant private investigator, to find the map. A high-profile case like this is sure to bring new life to Charlotte's business. However, a new detective by the name of Cillian Calhoun has recently moved to Bakersville, and he's looking to solve this case as well. Not only will Charlotte need to find the map, but she'll need to do it before Calhoun if she wants to save her career.

The Tales of Charlotte Wilson, P.I. is a lighthearted comedy that will entertain children and adults alike. It's a compelling story with the perfect blend of mystery and humor, and a lovable hero with a unique personality.

CAST: Bridget Bogdon, Katie Hart, Kevin Keats, Colby Prough, Tom Corron, Isaac Lengacher & Jordan Bobay

Winning play presented: Friday, March 18 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, March 19 8:00 pm (Festival Performance); Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 pm; Friday, March 25 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 pm; Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 pm. Ticket prices: $20 Adult; $18 Senior (age 60 & up); $10 Youth (23 & under).


Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 pm

The Last Stand

by Joseph Collins

Ben is a pastor of a medium-sized conservative Christian church. As he nears retirement, he is faced with challenges not only to the direction and future of the church, but to his belief system. A lesbian couple, Sam and Deb, seek to be married in his church. How can he show love to humanity and not lose his personal convictions? The Last Stand provides an interesting perspective on how traditional churches and their clergy face contemporary issues.

CAST: David Sorg, Nol Beckley, Susan Domer, Emily Schwartz Keirns, Bob Haluska, Nan Durant, Rayna Long & Isaac Becker


Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 am

Sir Lancelot Jones

by Jim Henry

As a hurricane approaches, baby Lance comes screaming into the world in a row boat in the middle of Biscayne Bay, Florida. His father is a freed slave and his mother, a poor Bahamian immigrant. Sir Lancelot Jones and his brother, King Arthur Jones, were the first African-Americans to be born in the Upper Keys. Their unique names were given to them by their father, who reveled at stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. They were born in the late 1800s when slavery was outlawed but discrimination was alive and well in the South.

How does one live up to a title reserved for nobility? Based on true events, Sir Lancelot Jones lived to be 99 years old and was a key player in the formation of the Biscayne National Park system in the Florida Keys. He fought wealthy land owners, oil tycoons, and the political system to save these small islands and keys from commercialization.

CAST: Prentis Moore, Albert Brownlee, Reuben Albaugh, Kathy Conely, Margaret Ankenbruck & Rayna Long

A Festival Workshop -- "Conversation on the Art of Adaptations" with guest speaker, Chicago playwright Douglas Post -- is set for Saturday, March 19 at 5:30 pm.

Douglas Post will talk about the art of adaptation and some business precepts to keep in mind when undertaking such a task. Some of his adaptations include The Wind in the Willows, a musical based on the book by Kenneth Grahame, which has had over 250 productions around the world; Brave New World, a play based on the book by Aldous Huxley, which was aborted because he could not obtain the stage rights; God and Country, a rock opera based on the play Antigone by Sophocles, which was produced at Victory Gardens Theater; The Kingdom of Grimm, a musical based on three stories by the Brothers Grimm, which was the winner of the first Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre; and The Prizefighter and the Playwright, a play based on the book by Jay Tunney, which he is currently working on. He will also talk briefly about The Dramatists Guild of America and how this service organization benefits playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists.

There will be a Festival Reception following the workshop at 6:30pm in the ArtLink Contemporary Gallery at the Auer Center, with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. $10 in advance or at door.

All Festival events take place at the Parkview Physicians ArtsLab at the Auer Center, 300 E. Main Street in Downtown Fort Wayne.