By bringing science and theatre together, the Simons Center Science Playwriting Competition aims to find new ways of teaching, learning and thinking at Stony Brook University. This competition provides an outlet for scientists and playwrights to go beyond their normal ways of thinking, spark their imagination and synthesize a new experience for all.
This year, playwrights from around the world submitted more than 100 science plays to the fourth annual competition. To honor the winning plays, a reception will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at 5:30 pm followed by a public staged reading in the Simons Center Auditorium at 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
First Prize of $500 goes to Christian Simonsen, a playwright from San Francisco, for his play Eve of the Vertebrates. Second Prize of $200 goes to Michael Erickson, playwright and professor of English from Webster University in St. Louis, for his play Caveman’s Rock; and Third Prize of $100 goes to Kathleen J. Crane, author from Washington, D.C., and board member of “Medicine for Peace,” for her play Mendel. The plays that have received honorable mention are Eurekas by Eoin Carney, professor of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh, blogger, and playwright; Kiss of the Ninth Planet by Christy Hall, playwright from New York City; and Silence by Vladimir Zelevinsky, playwright from Massachusetts.
Enter Next Year’s Competition
Send in your submissions now for the Fifth Annual Science Playwriting Competition. Plays should be submitted through the website; the deadline is April 1, 2017. Plays should be roughly 10 minutes in length and have a strong science component. The competition is open to the general public. For more information, please visit the website or call (631) 632-2800.