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Montreal One-act Film Noir Play Competition

May 14th, 2010 by Liesl received 2 Comments »

As my Facebook friends would surely confirm, I’m hardly one for shameless self-promotion (luckily for that last statement, I don’t import my blog posts on FB…)

But when others promote me it seems only fair to supplement their efforts. So here’s a QDF Press Release:

At the Katharine Hepburn Tribute on May 13, held at the Atwater Library, Byron Toben announced the winners of [the Montreal One-act Play] award, opened for submissions in January 2010 and closing March 31. The theme was Montreal or environs written in a film noir style.

After much deliberation, the prize of $360 was split between two tied entrants.

They are: Liesl Barrell for One Night in Berlin and Jane Gilchrist for Fatal Error

Ms Barrell’s play has its resolution in Montreal, although the entanglements originated in Berlin. It was mounted to some acclaim at the 2008 Montreal Fringe Festival (the parameters of the award did not preclude previous staging).

Ms.Gilchrist’s play, written in February and March, has its entanglements originating in Kentucky (!), but resolved in Montreal’s Loyola district.

On the short list were: Kelly Horwarth for In Debted Bliss, Jessica LaFrance/Andrew Smith for The Complicated, Travis Henry Morgan for The Mad Hatter, Megan Piercy for Lone, John Udy for Film Noir Play.

All kidding about promotion aside, it’s awfully nice to be read and recognized at any level (no matter how niche or local), especially so long after producing the play.

And it warms my heart to know that there are others out there who enjoy the sordid imaginings of noir as much as I do, and would go to the trouble of encouraging writers to embrace their cynicism and twisted inner voice over narration. 

So thank you Byron Toben, QDF and company for this lovely gesture! It put a little spring in my step and has me thinking about all sorts of new projects on the horizon…

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2 Responses to “Montreal One-act Film Noir Play Competition”

  1. Dim says:

    Congratulations on the win. Any chance of staging and encore?

  2. Liesl says:

    Cheers, thanks! I’d love to, but I’ll put my efforts into producing new shows before remounts right now. And I think we can all tell by my current blog post rate, free time has eluded me as of late, so it’s gonna be tricky…

    Nevertheless, optimism persists and next up I’m planning a musical!