Monday, November 13, 2023

Semi-finalist for the Clive Award

Today I received news that my play Dark Night of the Soul is a semi-finalist for Fellowship for Performing Arts' inaugural playwriting competition, the Clive Award.

Fellowship for Performing Arts was founded by award-winning actor, Max McLean, whose one-man rendition of the Book of Genesis was developed at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and later produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The production company tells stories from a Christian worldview to engage a diverse audience. It has a special interest in the works of C.S. Lewis and produced new theatrical adaptations of The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce as well as a play and film about Lewis’ spiritual journey called The Most Reluctant Convert.

This year the company launched the Clive Awards as a competition to encourage the writing of new works that advance its mission. Dark Night of the Soul, which provides a fresh new take on the story of Joan of Arc, certainly fits that bill. The play was previously chosen by Nittany Theatre at the Barn as the winner of the theatre's 2017 National Free Speech Contest.

Finalists for the Clive Award will be announced next month. Fingers crossed!