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Dr. Mercilee Jenkins’ play, Winning, was selected to be included in The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015.

Friday, March 17, 2017

For more than 70 years, The Best American Short Plays has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. From its inception, it has identified cutting-edge playwrights Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and others who have gone on to establish award-winning careers. The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015 is the next installment from series editor William W. Demastes. This volume takes a look at the trinity Shakespeare coined as the lunatic, the lover, and the poet. The works in this volume explore whimsical, imaginative, humorous, and romantic themes. In his introduction, Demastes writes that what really hits home in Shakespeare's plays is how he uses his own seething brain to put things onstage that cool reason will never be able to comprehend. The wonderful short plays in this collection delve into the spectrum of emotions that bubble beneath cool reason and remind us about the some of the aspects that make life worth living for better or worse--the insanity, the beauty, the unbridled joy, and the mystery.

Production History: Winning was produced in San Francisco at Piano Fight in March 2016, as part of their SHORTLIVED theater competition.  It was a winner of the 20th Annual Actors Theatre 10-Minute Play Contest and produced at Center Street Theater, Santa Cruz at the 8 Tens @ 8 Festival, January-February, 2015. Winning was also selected to participate in the 4th Annual Play Contest and Festival sponsored by Redwood Writers and produced at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA in May 2014.  It was originally presented as a staged reading in February 2012 by the Playwrights’ Lab in association with the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA.

Synopsis Winning: June and Leslie are together watching the academy awards and engaging in their customary sarcastic banter. There’s a party going on at June’s house and she wants to win the Oscar pool while she still can and Leslie just wants her to keep on living.