Playhouse on the Square (POTS), the professional resident theatre company of Memphis, TN, for the second consecutive year, has named New Orleans native Harold Ellis Clark one of six finalists in its national New Works@The Works Playwriting Competition. Clark’s play, Uncle Bobby ’63, will receive a staged reading Sunday, October 5th, 6 p.m. at POTS as part of the competition’s next phase.
In addition to world premieres of their plays showcased during POTS’s 2015-16 season, winning playwrights will receive cash prizes and travel accommodations to participate in development and rehearsals of the productions. Clark’s competition this year includes Evan Linder, co-author of the 2012 off-Broadway hit, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which continues to play at theatres nationwide. Clark, who lives in Gretna, LA, was named one of two winners in last year’s competition for his play, We Live Here.
Uncle Bobby ’63, a Civil Rights Movement era drama/mystery set in Algiers (the portion of New Orleans on the Westbank of the Mississippi River), was performed as a free, public staged reading Friday, June 20th at Ashe Cultural Arts Center (New Orleans) before a receptive audience totaling more than 100 people.
Playwright Harold Ellis Clark, sixth from left, and actors Damien Moses, Frederick "Hollywood" Delahoussaye, Denzel Johnson, Constance Thompson, and William Bowling, and narrator Karel Sloan-Boekbinder, participate in a talk-back with the audience after a staged reading of Uncle Bobby '63,