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Festival 56 announces winners of 2017 New Works Festival Playwriting Competition

Festival 56 company member Kyle Burch submitted a winning entry to the second annual New Works Playwriting Festival. His one-act play, “The Hired Help,” will receive a staged reading on Aug. 5 at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton.
Festival 56 company member Kyle Burch submitted a winning entry to the second annual New Works Playwriting Festival. His one-act play, “The Hired Help,” will receive a staged reading on Aug. 5 at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton.

PRINCETON — On Saturday, Aug. 5, Festival 56 will present staged readings of the winners of the second annual New Works Playwriting Competition at 2 p.m.

More than 500 entries were submitted from around the world, and from these, one one-act play and six 10-minute plays were selected for presentation at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton.

The winning one-act play is “The Hired Help” by Kyle Burch, a member of the 2017 Festival 56 summer company. Honorable mentions were awarded to Talia Green for “Boots” and Stephen Wylie for “Almost Vacant.”

Ten-minute play winners are “Insulation” by Bara Swain, “Summer Solstice” by Matt Henderson, “That Night ‘Butcher’ Pete Wilcox Got Knocked Out by Jessie ‘The Cannon’ Tesori” by Jonathon Cook, “The Bloody Cow” by J. C. Svec, “What’s a Little Ax Between Friends” by Joe Starzyk and “Seasons” by George Sapio. Honorable mentions went to Richard Davis for “Joseph Receives Unsettling News” and Alexandra Williams for “Oxymoronic Parallels.”

The New Works Festival is sponsored by Greg and Marilyn Anthony, and Cyndi and Jack Olson. Season sponsors are Heartland Bank and Trust Company, Illinois Arts Council, Princeton Tourism and Visitors Bureau, and the National Endowment for the Performing Arts.

The Grace Performing Arts Center is located at 316 S. Main St. in Princeton and is completely accessible with ample parking nearby. To purchase tickets, visit www.festival56.com, call 815-879-5656, email boxoffice@festival56.com, or stop by the theater. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour before performances. Tickets for the New Works Festival are $10, and seating is reserved. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for sale at the lobby bar.

For more information, call the box office at 815-879-5656.

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