KY Theatre Association Roots of the Bluegrass Finalists


“The field of talented playwrights was exceptional this year with plays coming in from across the state.I’m very happy KTA provides a showcase for the work of the finalists. The audience will not be disappointed,” said ROTB Coordinator, Cat Rhoden – Goguen.

The Kentucky Theatre Association announces that the finalists in the
2019 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest, 10-minute division, are:

“Appropriate Proposal” by A.K. (Angela) Forbes (Ft. Thomas); “A Brave
Man” by Adam Crawford (Middlesboro); and “Gate Expectations” by Chris
Bishop (Crescent Springs). The finalists will all have their plays
read—and the winner announced– at the Kentucky Theatre Association’s
conference at the November 22- 24 at the University of Louisville .

The Kentucky Theatre Association announces that the finalists in the
2019 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest, full-length division,
are “Fracked” by Ed Clark(Lexington); “Unstoppable” by Matt
Rifenburg(Berea); and “Beatin’ the Dark” by Richard Cavendish
(Richmond). The finalists will all have their plays read—and the
winner announced– at the Kentucky Theatre Association’s conference at
the November 22- 24 at the University of Louisville .

KTA has sponsored the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest and New
Play Festival for ten years. The contest is used to identify plays
that are to be read at its conference in a festival format. Each
10-minute play finalist is read in full and the winner is then
announced.Full-length finalists have a 10 minute cutting from their play read with a short Q/A with each playwright.

“I feel it is only fitting that a statewide service organization that celebrates theatre throughout the Commonwealth honors the development of new plays. These written works embody the people of Kentucky, their triumphs and their trials, and they address issues that affect us all. We are thankful to all of the contributing playwrights and to Intersales, Inc. in Pikeville, who has sponsored Roots of the Bluegrass since it’s inception over a decade ago.” Brad Downall, KTA President

The winner receives a plaque and a cash award. Runner’s up
each receive plaques. This year’s festival will be held at The
Playhouse, 1911 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40208 at 7:00 pm,  November 22. The event is open to the public.


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