A New Works Showcase will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre (black box space) of Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine.
Playwrights include Karina Cochran, Amanda Hill, Lorraine Portman and Stan Weintraub.
This event will showcase new works from these local playwrights. The evening will include staged readings of short plays, scene work and monologues as well as talk backs with the playwrights. Admission is FREE.
Karina Cochran is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in dramatic writing at Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated from Bennington College in 2010. When not writing plays she enjoys teaching yoga and singing bluegrass.
Amanda Hill is an artist, scholar, educator, and PhD student at the University of Central Florida. Her short plays, Dancing and One were recently honored with readings at One Theatre World in Cleveland and the ASSITEJ International Meeting in Linz, Austria. She has previously presented at NEMLA, SWPCA, the Florida Theatre Conference, Georgia Theatre Conference and the University of Southern Florida, and has publications in Incite/Insight and NEXTBlog, and an upcoming chapter in the book Technology in the Literature Class: Assignments and Materials. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from Susquehanna University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida.
Lorraine Portman is an award winning playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. She teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Flagler College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Smith College and Master of Fine Arts in Film from Florida State University. Lorraine also attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Upon graduation from Smith College, she won the Denis Johnston Playwriting Award for “Small Animals,” which has been given staged readings at NTI and Smith College and has been produced by Limelight Theatre, Flagler College, and The BOOM Theatre Company. Her play “Barefoot” was produced by The Boom Theater Company in Bel Air, Maryland. She has written and directed three short films and a feature. “Saving Sophie,” the feature, was based on one of her produced plays and as a film played 26 film festivals and won nine awards. Her screenplays have been placing in national and international competitions. Gordy Hoffman, BlueCat Screenplay competition, awarded “Peace, Love, and Law Enforcement” the Screenplay Live! award. She is developing “Peace, Love, and Law Enforcement” as a TV series.
Stanley Weintraub is an island hopper — hopping from Long Island, New York to Anastasia Island in 1998. He graduated from City College of New York in 1958 with a Bachelor of Business Arts in Labor Economics. He was an assistant editor at Prentice Hall, and worked in Personnel and Industrial Relations with defense companies until after the Vietnam War. Later, he started a retail jewelry business that he operated fro 25 years until retiring in 1997. Stan is a devoted jazz fan and is a past president of the St. Augustine Jazz Society and a member of the Northeast Florida Jazz Association. It was in retirement that he began to write plays, winning a Senior Playwright Competition in St. Augustine.
Limelight Theatre is at 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available streetside and in Limelight’s parking lot. For more information, call 904-825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org