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Town Hall’s first Playwrights’ CageMatch: BUILDING BRIDGES, was a knockout!

Five Playwrights entered but only one emerged victorious. Playwrights far and wide squared off!  Our Playwrights’ CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition. 

We received 300 (!!) entries from all over the U.S. — and even from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea — on the theme of Building Bridges. The setting was an apartment building in a large city anywhere in the universe; there’s a fire escape, maybe a corridor, and maybe a bridge in the distance. Time period was not restricted. A lovers’ encounter or post-apocalyptic tale, perhaps?  We looked for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporated the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre was up to the playwright!

FIRST PLACE

HEIDI AND CHRIS JOHNSON: HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE BROOKLYN

RUNNER UP

JIM MOSS: THE LAST SHIRT OFF HIS BACK

The five finalists were …

Leonard Goodisman: The Poor Door 

Heidi and Chris Johnson: Heaven Looks a Lot Like Brooklyn

Jim Moss: The Last Shirt Off His Back 

Seth Kramer: Speak Now 

Marlene ("Bunny") Walker: Storm Surge 

Five Honorable Mentions to: Lojo Simon for Care and Feeding; Evan Krachman for Colony 53; Molly Horan for The Gumdrop Bridge; Jennifer O'Grady for Pre-War; and Alan Coyne for For Whom The Bridge Tolls