It’s like American Idol, only…good. Tonight marks the end of the first annual PlayOffs, an elimination-style weekly playwriting competition in which hand-picked playwrights produced new work based on top-secret prompts designed to “push them to create their best work at a breakneck speed,” says Michael Emmitt, co-founder with Sean Paul Mahoney of Horse & Cart, which is putting on the series. “It’s the best chance to see new plays come to life right before your eyes.”
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For the first live round, the sixteen competing playwrights were given two cues — a woman of a certain age (over thirty, mid-thirties or teenaged) and Paris — and asked to craft a three-minute monologue. Six contestants were booted from the competition after a panel and audience members voted; the rest will moved on to subsequent competitions. The month-long contest culminates with a live finale tonight at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, 1260 22nd Street.
For tickets for tonight’s denouement, $12, go to horseandcart.co, where you can also follow the PlayOffs action via wacky video and audio updates on YouTube.
Thu., Aug. 29, 8-10 p.m., 2013