The inaugural Prague Post Playwriting Contest has been won by American
playwright Richard Byrne
for his play Burn Your Books
set among the
alchemists and noblemen of Rudolphine Prague.
The audience prize went to Ian Grody for his play Old Faithful.
Over a hundred plays were entered in this year's competition. Full
productions were staged of the final shortlist of three dramas - Burn Your
Books by Richard Byrne, Stewie the Stoic by Taso Dirlis and Old Faithful
by Ian Grody.
The judging panel consisted of former head of United Artists Norbert
Auerbach, translator and script editor Barbara Bray and the Prague Post's
own theatre critic Steffen Silvis.
Following the success of this year's competition The Prague Post intends
to hold its second playwriting contest in 2008. Keep an eye on The Prague
Post's website for details www.praguepost.com
The English-speaking community in Prague has few chances to see drama
performed in English. But this is just about to change, as The Prague Post
- the country's leading English-language newspaper - has decided to
encourage English-language theatre in the city, and founded its own
festival of short plays.
With a large English-speaking community, it's perhaps surprising that Prague does not have an English-language theatre scene like those that can be found in other major European capitals like Paris and Berlin. Now a new playwriting competition sponsored by The Prague Post could help rectify this situation.