Judges: Rob Long, Bob Balaban, Jeremy Kareken, Christian Camargo, Johnathan Leaf
15 DEAD SOULS by Leilani Squire. 15 DEAD SOULS is set in the realm where the wounds of the soul exist. Doris, a nurse who served during World War II, waits for James, a grunt who fought in Vietnam. The ghosts of those James killed during the war still haunt him. Doris sees his wounds and guides him to the river. Is that enough for James to forgive and return home?
The judges called the play “poetic, touching, powerfully written. Earnest — which is good — but also not sentimental. Haunting and affecting.”
ELBOW. APPLE. CARPET. SADDLE. BUBBLE. by Donald Ranard. A poignant take on the civilian-military divide in the US, ELBOW. APPLE. CARPET. SADDLE. BUBBLE. is the story of two young American men sharing a hospital room – an athletic civilian with lacrosse injury and a young veteran who is barely conscious – and the wildly different expectations, experiences and struggles they face at only 19 years old.
The judges described the play as a “subtle and effective slice of life mini-drama. Realistic dialogue and a well-constructed story — not easy within such a short form!”
NOW DEPARTED by Arthur Boatin. A character-driven piece, NOW DEPARTED is the story of a chance meeting by small-town natives Rhonda and Clayton. They learn who have in common and compare notes on parenting, drinking, and losing a partner.
The judges called the play “Immediately involving. It features great dialogue from quirky and utterly believable characters. The author seems to have great affection for his characters and it shows — and is a big part of the success of the piece.”