Pictured (L-to-R): Emily Louraine ’22, Macy Kunke ’20, Ashlynne Doyle ’22, Christina Scott ’21 and Raina Johnson ’19 receive awards at the New Script Showcase at Firestone Baars Chapel on March 15, 2019.

The Stephens College New Script Showcase on March 15 honored five winners of the 2018-19 undergraduate competition for best short scripts written for stage, screen or audio. Three guest readers working in the field chose "White Carnations" by Emily Louraine ’22, "The Appointment" by Macy Kunke ’20, "Restart, Inc." by Ashlynne Doyle ’22, "A Perfect Play" by Christina Scott ’21 and "Oh, No, Asteroids" by Raina Johnson ’19.

Each winning script was assigned a director and actors and received two or three rehearsals. During the rehearsal period, the writers are allowed to make revisions.

“When writing for performance, it's important to be able to hear the words,” said Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut, associate professor of English and creative writing and coordinator of the New Script Competition. “Sometimes dialogue on a page seems very different when said aloud—so having the opportunity to workshop their scripts-in-progress is important to the students.”

The process culminated in staged and concert readings of the winning scripts for an audience in Firestone Baars Chapel.

Stephens students may submit scripts for the 2019-20 New Script Competition in spring 2020.


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