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The play’s the thing

Theater presents winning scripts in weekend festival

Denton Community Theatre’s playwriting festival, Method & Madness, brings five prize-winning original scripts to the PointBank Black Box Theater this weekend.

The festival, now in its second year, focuses on “imagination and the human condition” and was created to raise awareness during Mental Health Month.

Playwrights from across the country submitted their scripts for the festival. The five top scripts will be presented in staged readings, followed by talk-back sessions including the writers, directors and local mental health professionals.

The festival starts tonight with an opening reception and dinner at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern.

For more information, go to , or visit the Method & Madness event page on Facebook at .

— Staff report


What: Denton Community Theatre’s second annual playwriting festival

When: Today through Saturday

Where: Most events are at the PointBank Black Box Theater, 318 E. Hickory St.

Details: Festival pass, which includes admission to all events, costs $65. Saturday’s Brown Bag Theatre presentation is free and open to the public. Opening-night pass, which includes dinner, costs $30; single-day passes for Friday or Saturday cost $20 each. For passes, visit  or call 940-382-1915. Passes will also be available at the door during the festival.


6 p.m. — Opening reception and dinner at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St.

7:30 p.m. — Tonic by Matthew Schipper of Denton and Little Tricks by Carl Williams of Houston, PointBank Black Box Theater


7:30 p.m. — It All Leads to the Lemon Scene by Pamela Winfrey of Novato, Calif., and The Hotel Lobbyist by Bara Swain of New York City, PointBank Black Box Theater


Noon — Brown Bag Theatre, with a table reading of The Mediation by Mark Rosen of Olympia, Wash., and a panel discussion with the playwrights at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. Free. Bring your own lunch.

7:30 p.m. — A Long Trip by Dan McGeehan of Tulsa, Okla., awards ceremony and closing champagne reception, PointBank Black Box Theater