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Announcing the 2016-17 TNT POPS! New Play Project Results

Each of the submitted plays for the 2016-17  TNT POPS! New Play Project was read by three evaluators at the Tier 1 Level through a blind submission process. Chosen as one of the Top 15, the plays went to the Tier 2 readers and, through a rating process, the Super 8 plays were identified and sent to the final Tier 3 level - the producing theatres. Only after these finalists were selected for production did the theatres learn the names of the winning playwrights. TNT thanks each of the readers who took the time to carefully read and thoughtfully critique and rate each of the plays, and congratulates each of the winning playwrights and looks forward to seeing their plays produced in the next eighteen months!

Nedra Pezold Roberts

Wrong Number

To be produced by Baytown Little Theater

Nedra Pezold Roberts is an emerging playwright from Atlanta. For several decades she taught English and drama, and her publications in the academic arena included two textbooks (one a critical anthology of plays). Then Nedra chose early retirement in 2010 to concentrate on writing her own plays. Her new, second career has begun auspiciously with a number of productions and staged readings coast to coast. She has also scored in several national competitions, including the Southern Playwrights Competition (2013), AACT NewPlayFest (twice, in 2013 and 2015), the Hudson Shakespeare Company’s 2016 New Works Competition, and now the 2016-17 TNT POPS! New Play Project. She feels honored that the California Stage Company’s AACT-award production of The Vanishing Point captured seven Elly Awards, including Best Script, in the 2014 Elly Awards announced by SARTA, the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. And she is especially pleased to have Baytown Little Theater produce Wrong Number.

Andrew R. Heinze

Deleting Dad

To be produced by Bastrop Opera House

Formerly a professor of American History, Andrew R. Heinze is the award-winning author of Jews and the American Soul (Publishers’ Weekly choice: “Best Books of 2004”). He left a tenured position in academia in 2006 and moved to NYC. Among Andrew's plays, The Invention of the Living Room won the 2014 TNT POPS! New Play competition; previously it was a Finalist (First Runner-Up) for the 2012 Blue Ink Playwriting Award at American Blues Theater (Chicago); HAMILTON, a tragedy about Alexander Hamilton and his son, was a semi-finalist for the 2012 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and a Finalist for the T. Schreiber Studio's 2012 New Works project; Please Lock Me Away, a dark comedy about an older woman’s unusual revenge, was a Finalist for the Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas) 2014 New Works competition; Moses, the Author, a comedy, was produced at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival and chosen for the Fringe Encore Series. Andrew's one-act plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Denver, Albuquerque and elsewhere, and have won numerous awards. Andrew belongs to the Dramatists Guild of America, holds degrees from Amherst College (B.A. Magna Cum Laude) and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D.), and is a proud Texan by marriage.

Mary Carol Stunkel

Random Access

Produced by Tyler Civic Theatre Center

September 8-11, 2106
400 Rose Park Dr, Tyler TX 75702
Box Office: (903) 592-0561
After graduating from Michigan State Univ. in Theater, Mary Carol Stunkel held writing and on-camera positions with Natl. Educational Radio & TV while acting in a graduate theater company.  From 1969 to 2001 Mary Carol worked full time in video writing, producing, and directing, and as a freelance voice-over artist.  As Broadcast Division Manager for Press Broadcasting she ran PBC-TV from 1982 –89 and directed six of their syndicated TV programs.  She is currently president of MC Squared Productions, Board of Directors member of the Two River Theatre Co in Red Bank, NJ where she served as president from the company’s inception until 2005. She is also Adjunct professor of Communication at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ where she teaches Story writing and performing. Mary Carol is a published short story writer but also performs original stories drawn from her own life. Her play Random Access was recently one of three finalists for the Hudson Shakespeare Company’s New Works Competition in New York City.   Mary Carol is also a well-known animal photographer and the creator of the “Furry Empathy” line of greeting cards
Interview with Playwright

TNT POPS! New Play Project 

Congratulations to Tyler Civic Theatre Center and Mary Carol Stunkel for the stellar first production of the 2016-17 TNT POPS! New Play Project!

Random Access is a story about the capacity for caring, two often dismissed human beings who disagree about the importance of memories, and the transformation their encounter makes possible.

Renee, a young, self-proclaimed “good mother” is fighting to regain custody of her five year old son. But her unwillingness to face her past or the truth about her mothering skills threatens a future far richer than the mere survival she’s learned to expect.

And Arnie, a cantankerous octogenarian, is fighting just as fiercely to hang on to his memories long enough to complete the architectural legacy that will insure he is remembered.

MA - Mature Audiences Only. Strong language.

Produced by Tyler Civic Theatre
400 Rose Park Drive, Tyler TX 75702
September 8 - 11, 2016
The Cast & Crew of Random Access

Seated: Sean Holliday. Mary Carol Stunkel (playwright), Hannah Johnson
Standing: Samantha McDanel, Daye Collins, Ken Haygood, Helaina Wilkerson (director), Regi Fowler, Regina Money, Josh Alexander (tech), Nick Buntin

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