Avalonia 7 Theater Festival

7/11/20 Update:

Today we taped a timely and timeless discussion with  Jamie Cowperthwait  ,  our winner of Best Comedic (about) 10 Minute Play for his “Hillary Clinton in Hell”.

7/6/2020 Update:

Just released is our fascinating interview with our Wildcard Winning Playwright Jennifer Walton from Canada . Jennifer is the writer of the monologue “My Pretty, Pink Rifle” , the story of what happens when a firearm falls into the hands of a young girl.

We have also just released our interview with our Best Dramatic 1 Act Play Winner Kelly Stone from Chicago (originally from Denver). Kelly talks about a very interesting writing/Acting group he is part of in Chicago among other topics.

7/5/2020 Update:

We are continuing our interview series with our winning playwrights, with a discussion with Brian Cern from Minnesota, winner of Best Dramatic 10 minute Play for “Strings“. Learn more about Brian on his Playwrights’ Center page for Brian Cern and Brian’s writer page on New Play Exchange

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

We are happy to announce our 7 Winning Plays for Avalonia 7 Theater Festival as well as a list of 16 Honorable Mentions from the great field of stage play scripts and monologue submissions we received in our first season.

We want to thank FilmFreeway for hosting our entry page https://filmfreeway.com/Avalonia7TheaterFestival

We also thank Harrison at Play Submissions Helper https://playsubmissionshelper.com/ for helping us get the word out! For writers looking to get their stage scripts to more theaters worldwide (as well as writer’s grants and residencies), use the promo code “MIKE” for a 99 cent deal on your first month of Play Submissions Helper! More info here: https://mikemessier.com/2019/01/05/promo-code-mike-for-6-off-play-submission-helper-for-one-month/

We most especially want to thank all the PLAYWRIGHTS for their talents and entries! Here are the Laurels for our 7 Award Winning plays and monologues!

Mike Messier – Creative Director
Moriah McGowan – Assistant Director
Jason Dyrhaug – Advisory Board Chairperson

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Avalonia Festival Director Mike Messier discusses Avalonia 7 Theater Festival on Jacksonville Buzz!

Update: OUR LIVE EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM JUNE 13, 2020 OUT OF RESPECT TO Social distancing protocol!

IN THE MEANTIME, WE WILL HONOR OUR WINNING PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS IN VARIOUS WAYS ON THIS WEBPAGE SO CHECK IN OFTEN AND FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS PAGE on social media!

Let’s get the ball rolling with an interview with the author and passage from our Best Comedic One Act, The Border Troll by Steven San Luis.

Steven St Luis, Winning Playwright of Comedic One Act “The Border Troll”

Passage from our Award winning comedic one act “The BoRDER TROLL” by Steven St luis

BUDDY: Well, what brings you to these here parts?

THEO: I’m not a hero.

BUDDY: Okay.

THEO: But I did save my village from a dragon.

BUDDY: Wow!

THEO: Well. . . I slayed the dragon.

BUDDY: What about the village?

THEO: Well, I almost saved it. But dang it, straw huts sure are flammable. . .

BUDDY: Yes.

THEO: It’s really a matter of definition. We’re still on maps, see? The ground that is The Village is definitely still intact. But if you’re one of those people who thinks that a village is just buildings. . . Or people. . . Then I see how you could make the argument that, no, I did not save The Village.

BUDDY: Well, I sure am sorry to hear that.

WE WILL BE ADDING MORE MATERIAL FROM OUR OTHER WINNING PLAYWRIGHTS in the DAYS & WEEKS TO COME! So, check back often & Please share this page!

CAST AND CREW OPPORTUNITIES: FOR THOSE IN OR NEAR JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, USA.

Actors, stage-hands, set designers, wardrobe consultants, HMUA and guest Directors, if you are interested in being a part of Avalonia 7 Theater Festival, please send an email with your info to avaloniatheater@yahoo.com with your field of interest in the subject line.

Congratulations to our honorable mentions!

We had a great deal of talented playwrights enter many well written scripts this season. In selecting only 7 plays to stage, we certainly had many tough choices and the judging decisions were extremely difficult. In fact, it was even a challenge to only list the following sixteen plays as Honorable Mentions from the MANY great plays we received, so we want to say THANK YOU and KEEP WRITING to all the playwrights who entered Avalonia 7 Theater festival this year!

In this section below, we want to honor our Honorable Mentions and encourage these playwrights to continue on their writing journey.

 

ARCHIVED POST: FESTIVAL LAUNCH and “HOW TO ENTER” INFORMATION!

Mike Messier, Creative Director of Avalonia Festival, a festival of short films 21 minutes & under, often named a FilmFreeway Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival, looks forward to opening the floodgates of Avalonia 7 Theater Festival for new, original works of the bold and the sublime. Submissions in the following categories will be accepted from now until April 1, 2020:

1) Student Showcase (exclusive category for writers from grade school through high school)

2) Comedic Monologue or Very Short Play

3) Dramatic Monologue or Very Short Play

4) Comedic (About) Ten Minute Play

5) Dramatic (About) Ten Minute Play

6) Comedic One Act Play

7) Dramatic One Act Play

If you have a stage-play written in one of our seven above categories that you’d like us to consider for Avalonia 7 Theater Festival, please enter through our page at FilmFreeway (if you’re new to FilmFreeway, look below for the simple instructions!)

Three (and for some, just two) Simple Steps to enter Avalonia 7 Theater Festival:

1) Create a FilmFreeway account for yourself if you don’t have one already from the website https://filmfreeway.com/AvaloniaFestival You can choose to list your prior works and accomplishments on your profile page, similar to an IMDB page. This is FREE to do! Approximate time of this step is 7 minutes.


2) Create a Project Page for your script (or scripts if you have more than one) . This is where you will upload your script (s) and some basic info about it! This is also FREE to do! Approximate time of this step is 5 minutes.


3) Submit each script’s Project Page to Avalonia 7 Theater Festival THROUGH the FilmFreeway website. This is where you will pay the entry fees for each script you enter! FilmFreeway accepts credit card both payments and paypal . You can enter as many scripts as you like and there are no restrictions if your script has been previously produced. Approximate time of this step is 1 minute!

GOOD NEWS: An upside to this process is that you now have your script backed up safely in a “virtual folder” of sorts in your new FilmFreeway projects page and YOU can control who, when and where has access to YOUR scripts! If you ever need access to one of your scripts remotely and have access to the internet, you’ll have your FilmFreeway as a handy back up resource!

OPTIONAL: After you’ve entered our festival, you may find OTHER festivals on FilmFreeway that have stage-play categories that you can choose to enter if you wish. We are not associated with any other festival besides the original Avalonia Festival for Short Films etc. So, once you’ve gone through the process of steps 1 and 2 to enter OUR festival, you do NOT have to repeat those same steps to enter OTHER festivals with stage-play categories!

For organizational purposes, the ONLY way to enter a script into Avalonia 7 Theater Festival is through our FilmFreeway entry page from this link! Sorry, no exceptions in the interest of FAIRNESS to ALL!

About Avalonia 7 Theater Festival:

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages….” – William Shakespeare, As You Like It.

And now for something completely different” – Title of an anthology of the best sketches from the first and second seasons of Monty Python’s Flying Circus

While William was using divisions of “seven ages” to denote different stages of one’s life, the “7” in Avalonia 7 Theater Festival denotes the seven different categories in which we are accepting stage-plays for our live theater festival taking place at Jacksonville, Florida’s All Beaches Experimental Theatre (ABET) with a performance of the full program of seven new, original works at 5pm.

Avalonia 7 Theater Festival is the new sister theater festival to the popular Avalonia Festival for short films (often named a FilmFreeway Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival).

Please enter all scripts on PDF in stage play format (or close enough so that in can be easily read!) Playwright’s please have full contact info (Name and email address at least , phone number is optional) on the title page of your script. A logline, character breakdown and synopsis of the script (especially 10 minute plays and One Act plays) are encouraged by not a requirement.

Enter as many scripts as you wish but each script must be submitted separately!

Click the link button here to enter:

 

 

About the Avalonia 7 Theater Director Mike Messier:

Mike Messier’s work in theater began in earnest in the third grade as one of the lead soldier’s in a school play version of the popular folk tale Stone Soup.

Flash forward some years, and Mike has acted in scenes with Meryl Streep & Elisabeth Shue (in Hope Springs), Wesley Snipes, Mario Van Peebles & Cybill Shepherd (as Cybill’s son ‘Eugene’) , Frances McDormand & Richard Jenkins (in Olive Kitteridge), and most recently Kevin Nash, Christina Robinson (Astor from TV’s Dexter), Godsmack’s Sully Erna & Pro Wrestler Mike Kanellis in The Manor, a Lionsgate released horror film , co-written by Mike himself.

As a filmmaker, Mike has often gone for the experimental, mixing elements of art-house cinema and stage performance theatrics in pieces such as Blood! Sugar! Sid! Ace!

In the world of theater, Mike has been an active member of Murder on Us Dinner Theater for many years and earlier in his career was an actor for plays by Daydream Theater Company of Rhode Island and a warped wrestling play titled Baby’s Changing. Mike wrote, produced, and directed an Avant Garde theater piece titled Orlandis & His Puppets without Strings, which he also documented in a video version.

More recently, Mike has contributed as a Writer, Director, and event host for the Play in a Day Festival out of Natick, Massachusetts, produced by Michael Gonza. Of the 24 total plays produced over the “PIAD” run, Mike himself would write six of the plays and direct three. Two of those short plays- The Impeccable and So, You’re The Guy? – Mike would go on to produce as short films. Another one of Mike’s PIAD plays, Who’s Your Daddy?, would later be accepted into Acting Up!, a theater festival by The Orange Players in Orange, Connecticut, just miles from New York City.

In a subsequent series titled Bar Stool Stories, Mike would write and direct a piece titled Dalmatian, starring Jack Shea and Ashley Shea, which would also be captured on video. For those interested, let’s enjoy Dalmatian right here: