A Western Michigan University graduate student and playwright whose one-act play was selected as a national finalist for the Ten-Minute Play Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's 11th Annual Short Play Festivel in April in Washington, D.C., has won another award for the same play.
Kristopher Frithjof Peterson's "Gun Metal Blue Bar" has won the Jury Prize in New Mexico's FUSION Theatre Company's New Works Fest "The Seve," beating out 417 other scripts from playwrights in 37 states and eight countries.
Winning the Jury Prize means the festival will fly Peterson ton New Mexico to see the fully-produced equity production of his play - the first time it wlil be produced professionally with full costumes, a full set and no scripts in hand.
"It's nice that for the first time I'm getting a professional equity production that I can actually see it," Peterson said of the play, which he plans to begin looking to publish in the fall. "I was really happy to have it produced, but it was a nice bonus to win the Jury Prize so that I didn't have to worry about trying to make my way out there."
Peterson's full-length play "Bad Henry" - in which a character gets tattooed onstage - will be presented at 9 p.m. June 23 at WMU's New York Arena Theatre as part of WMU's New Play Project.
By Simon Thalman (Special to the Gazette)
Thursday, June 4, 2009