About the Award
SETC’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Contest is dedicated to the discovery, development and publicizing of worthy new plays and playwrights. Submissions are accepted between March 1 and June 1, annually. One winning playwright receives a $1,000 cash award and an all-expense paid trip to SETC’s annual convention, where both a critique and staged reading of the winning play are held. The winning play is also considered for online publication and a feature in Southern Theatre magazine.
Entries are accepted between March 1 and June 1, annually. Please review the guidelines before filling out and submitting your application. Complete applications should be sent to Getchell Chair Joe Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving by Sean Michael McCord
A staged reading of Moving by Sean Michael McCord was held Friday, March 9, 2018 as part of the 69th annual SETC Convention in Mobile, AL. The reading was immediately followed by a in-depth response session and critique.
Over the span of thirty years in one apartment, couples move in, move out, come together, fall apart, and move on through life’s choices.
About the Playwright
Sean Michael McCord is a writer living in Charlottesville, Virginia. He studied film at UCLA and spent his twenties as a struggling screenwriter in Los Angeles before moving first to New York and then crossing south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Sean works at the University of Virginia Library and is a founding member of the Charlottesville Playwrights Collective, a company of writers dedicated to producing new works. He also hosts a monthly radio program on WPVC-FM.
Sean has had plays produced in Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado, California, and Stuttgart, Germany. He is currently pursuing his MFA in playwriting as a member of the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University.
Craig Pospisil is an award-winning playwright and filmmaker. He’s the author of Months on End, Somewhere in Between, The Dunes and Life Is Short, published by DPS. His work has been seen in New York, LA, around the U.S., and in 17 countries, and has been translated into seven languages. His short film January was screened at over a dozen film festivals, including Bahamas, Berkshire, Big Apple, Hollywood Sky and Roma Cinema. He has written more than 60 short plays, including It’s Not You (theAtrainplays), Dissonance (Best American Short Plays 2010–2011), and There’s No Here Here (Best American Short Plays 2014–2015).
|2016||Ben Gierhart||Another Man’s Treasure|
|2014||Robert Plowman||The Missing Link|
|2011||Eddie Zipperer||Nicolas the Worm|
|2007||Don LaPlant||Two Body Problems|
|2003||David Blakely||Tales of Shoogilly|
|2002||William Hayes||Going South with Phil and Margaret|
|2001||Alison Pruitt||The Trial of Susan B. Anthony|
|2000||Linda Nell Cooper||April Morning|
|1998||Sheryle Criswell||…Where Late the Sweet Birds Sing|
|1997||David Davis||Five Exits|
|1996 (Tie)||Kenneth Robins||Atomic Field|
|1996 (Tie)||Thomas W. Stephens||Miserere, Passing Through|
|1995||Jason Milligan||Walking on the Moon|
|1994||Bob King||Dry Thunder|
|1993||Jett Parsley||Locked Doors and Lightning Bugs|
|1992||Richard Zinober||The House at the Edge of the World|
|1991||Adam Kraar||A Twist of Faith|
|1989||Bernard Sabath||Father and Daughter|
|1988||Jan Henson Dow & Robert Shroeder||The Golden Dawn|
|1987||Eddie DeSantis||American Subway|
|1986||Bobbi Evors||Another Dimension|
|1985||Beverly Shatto||Song of the parakeet|
|1984||Pat Kaufman||Cookie Jar|