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Theatre Odyssey is pleased to announce that Brothers in Arms, a poignant portrayal of the Christmas truce between the British and the Germans during World War I, was the winner of this year’s Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival. Brothers in Arms was written by Julien Freij from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School and was directed by Preston Boyd.

The runner-up, written by Amy Dop from Bayshore High School, was Mom’s Spaghetti, a deeply emotional monologue of a woman’s struggle to make sense of her world. Mom’s Spaghetti was directed by Sara Logan.

Cast and crew of Brothers In Arms. From Left to right: Tami Vaughan, Chuck Conlon, Preston Boyd (director), Jacob Schweighofer, Julien Freij (winning playwright), Tom Aposporos, and Alex Beach.


Cast and crew of Mom’s Spaghetti: Sara Logan (director), Amy Dop (runner-up) and Debbi White.

The Festival took place at the David S. and Ann V. Howard Studio Theater on the campus of State Florida College, January 15 & 16, 2016.

The winner received a $500 scholarship award and the runner-up received a $300 scholarship. Both scholarships were provided by the generous support of several individuals who are particularly invested in the development of the playwriting talent of young people. Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School will receive an engraved trophy in recognition of their student’s accomplishment. The trophy will rotate annually.

The winning play will be featured at Theatre Odyssey’s Eleventh Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival May 5-8, 2016 at the Cook Theater, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts.

Theatre Odyssey wishes to acknowledge and thank Donna DeFant, the Student Festival Co-ordinator, for her extraordinary talent and the steadfast energy she brought to the production of the Student Festival.

Theatre Odyssey would also like to thank our distinguished judges: Lisa DiFranza, Assistant Principal for Arts Education at Manatee School for the Arts; Larry Parr, a prize-winning playwright who is responsible for hundreds of regional productions; and Bob Trisolini, a director, choreographer, and producer of shows both on and off Broadway.

And, last, but certainly not least, our generous sponsors whose support for which we are most grateful: the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Aaron Family Foundation, and Ron and Pat Pantello.

About Theatre Odyssey

Our mission is “To engage our audience in short, innovative theater works while providing a nurturing environment that encourages, challenges, and inspires playwrights and other theater artists.”

Theatre Odyssey was founded in 2006 to encourage and promote the efforts of local playwrights and actors. Over the years, the group has premiered over 90 plays written, directed and performed by Gulf Coast playwrights, actors and directors.

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