Thursday, March 15, 2007
ELVIS IN THE BUILDING
This is a bit from a press release for a play of mine that will be honored as part of the bnpf at the end of April. --Kato
SAN DIEGO: Kato McNickle is the winner of this year’s African American Playwriting Contest awarded by the University of California San Diego. Her play, IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE WITH ELVIS, will be presented as a staged reading at the end of April as part of the Baldwin New Play Festival at UCSD.
The Baldwin New Play Festival at UCSD (bnpf) produced annually by the UCSD Theatre and Dance Department in late April, focuses the resources and creative energies of the entire department on premiering three or more full-length and one-act plays written by students in the UCSD MFA Playwriting Program. This season’s bnpf ‘07 includes three fully staged full-length plays, one one-act play, and a reading of a new play with an African-American theme chosen from nation-wide submissions. Invited literary agents, playwrights and artistic managers from New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Louisville, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco fly in each year to be among the first to get a sneak peak at the literary giants of tomorrow.
In Search of a Better Life with Elvis is a four-character play that finds a nineteen-year-old young woman on a mission to make peace with her father, a deceased Elvis impersonator who forgot he wasn’t really Elvis. Jezzy has heard an ancient voice calling “Memphis”, so she took off to Tennessee with her father’s ashes, and a plan to give him the gift of his favorite Elvis song. The problem is the voice really meant Egypt, and Jezzy doesn’t know a soul in Memphis. Off-track from the get-go, Jezzy is intent on laying her father to rest, even if it means stealing her mother’s car, trading it for a guitar, and ignoring the lady in the moon calling to her.