Local playwrights headline 'Nor'Eastern' contest

RUTLAND-For the fifth year, Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre will present the winners of the "Nor'Eastern Playwrights' Contest". The staged reading Showcase of the three winning plays will be held Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Brick Box at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland.

This year the authors come from New York, New Jersey and Vermont. All of the plays are one act.

The plays to be presented are "The Shuttle" by Lloyd Pace of Larchmont, New York, "The Palm Leaf Dialogues" by Burnham Holmes of Poultney, Vermont and "Gerontia" by Walt Vail of Pitman, N.J. The playwrights will attend the rehearsals and performances of their plays and hold a question and answer session following each showcase.

Lloyd Pace grew up in Louisiana, attended LSU Law School and then moved to New York where he graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He pursued acting for a number of years and then turned to writing. Currently he is manager of technical training at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He is a member playwright of Blueberry Pond Theater in Ossining, NY. His play, "New Orleans", was produced in Equity Showcase at the Producers Club in NYC. Lloyd has had his plays given readings and workshop productions at Pace University's new work series, Stamford Center for the Arts, Shakespeare & Co., and The School House Theater in Croton Falls, N.Y.

Burnham Holmes lived in Manhattan for twenty-five years, working in publishing and teaching at the School of Visual Arts. He has taught at Green Mountain College and now teaches at Castleton State College, receiving the Castleton State College Endowed Part-Time Faculty Award for 2009.

Burnham has written 16 books on subjects as varied as the army, baseball, the Bill of Rights, biographies, a ghost story, medicine, sports, and television. A former member of a poetry performance troupe, he has also acted in twenty plays.

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