The winner of FutureFest 2016 is "Shepherd's Bush" by Scott C. Sickles of Forest Hills, New York.
The festival that took place over the weekend (July 22-24) featured six playwrights introducing their new plays to a live audience and a panel of judges at FutureFest. Dayton Playhouse's annual festival of new plays has put Dayton on the theatrical map. More than 200 entries from around the country were received for the 2016 competition
The winning play revolves around the relationship between man of letters E.M. Forster and a young policeman in England in the 1930s.
Presented as a staged reading and directed by Michael Boyd, the drama takes place in England in 1930. Renowned man-of-letters E. M. Forster, age 52, meets and falls in love with 28-year-old policeman, Bob Buckingham. Their secret romance blossoms until police scrutiny inspired Bob to court and eventually marry May, a young nurse. Jealousy and rivalry evolves into a lifelong friendship with surprising consequences.
The winner was chosen by the panel of out of town adjudicators.
The Audience Favorite was "Memories of the Game" by Kristy Sharron Thomas of North Hollywood, Calif. It is the story of an African-American family struggling with Alzheimer's disease.
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