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Play Writing Contest Winners
12/18/2008 —

Rebecca Blakeslee was named the winner of Penn State York’s first play writing competition for her play, Almost the Weekend, and received the first place prize of $250 during a ceremony on Dec. 16 at the campus.  The contest was sponsored by Penn State York and its Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center).  The second place prize of $150 was awarded to Megan Shawver for her play Liar, Liar.  Both plays are scheduled to be produced in the spring by the Penn State York Theatre Program.

“Both students are excellent writers and I was truly impressed with their work,” said Stuart Stelly, Ph.D., instructor in English and director of the theatre program at Penn State York.  “We are excited to acknowledge their work and look forward to presenting the plays in the spring.”

Blakeslee is a junior at Penn State York who plans to major in media studies.  Although she has been writing for as long as she can remember, and is currently on the second draft of a novel, play writing is a more recent interest.  During a six month stint as a volunteer in Bolivia she stumbled across an anthology of American plays, and what started as stress relief ended as inspiration. Although she has no idea what she will do after graduating, she knows that writing will be part of her future.  She says of her play, “Almost the Weekend is a snapshot of six friends trying to find a balance between the world’s expectations and their own dreams. Confronting life without purpose, they are trapped between cynicism and idealism – something they are only able to ignore for so long.”  Blakeslee is from Lewisberry, PA.

Shawver is a sophomore from Lewistown, PA., and is working to get into film studies at University Park, which she will be attending in January.  Shawver plans to concentrate on screenwriting but is interested in all aspects of film.  She has been active in the community theatre in Lewistown.  She says of her play, “Liar, Liar pokes fun at the gender roles of men while comically emphasizing how those roles can make unexpected turns.”

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