Kumu Kahua Theater and Bamboo Ridge Press Announce September 2021 Go Try PlayWrite Contest Winner


The Go Try PlayWrite September winner is Matthew Miller for his piece I Demand to Speak With the Manager! The prompt for the competition was a 5-page monologue describing: A last recorded message from a person with Covid 19 in an intensive care unit of a hospital in Hawaii.

Matthew Miller is an improviser whose recent theatrical credits include Twelfth Night (HSF) and Aloha Attire (KKT). He has never written before.

Each month, the Kumu Kahua Theater co-sponsors this drama writing competition with Bamboo Ridge Press as part of their combined efforts to encourage local playwrights and authors. All submitted plays are read by Kumu Kahua Theater Artistic Director Harry Wong III.

Kumu Kahua Theater is now accepting entries for the October 2021 Go Try PlayWrite Contest.

The prompt for the month of October 2021 is:

In honor of Halloween, submissions are to center on the first time a bunch of kids have a sleight of hand without their parents, and the spookiest house in the neighborhood is next.


Contest rules:

Each participant should write a 5-page monologue and / or a 10-page scene depending on monthly needs. Each month, a new guest will be chosen by the artistic director of the Kumu Kahua Theater. The prompt will be given on or before the 1st of the month and the due date will always be the last day of the month. All entries should be written in a traditional playing format; instructions on this format can be found here: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats courtesy of the Playwright’s Guild.

There will be a winner every month. The scripts will be submitted to the judges anonymously. Winners will receive $ 20.00 and a subscription to Bamboo Ridge Press.

Look for other future projects using the scripts submitted for this competition – coming soon!

Kumu Kahua’s productions are funded in part by the NME Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation, the Island Insurance Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES ) Act of 2020 and the 2021 US Rescue Plan, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawaii, Trustee); The State Culture and Arts Foundation, with funding from the Hawaii State Legislature, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaiian Electric Company, Alexander & Baldwin, The John R Halligan Charitable Fund, Spectrum / Charter Communications, ABC Stores, Gloria Kosasa Gainsley Fund, HawaiÊ»i Public Radio, The Kim Coco Fund for Justice of the Iwamoto Family Foundation, Edric Sakamoto, John Mazur and other foundations, companies and loyal patrons.


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