On September 12th MDC presented the world premieres of three new prize-winning 10-Minute plays, two of them by women. The winning submissions to MDC’s Annual 10 Minute Play Contest were staged to a sold out audience at the Flashpoint - Mead Theatre Lab. Saturday night's show was followed by a forum to meet with the playwrights and cast. A special preview performance was added on Friday, September 11th.
2014-2015 Winners of MDC's 10-Minute Play Contest: Ashley Amidon, 2nd Prize, (left), Shirley Greller Samaniego, 1st Prize (Right), Rachael Bail, Founder, (center),
Cast of MDC's 2014-2015 10-Minute Play Contest at the FLASHPOINT - Mead Theatre Lab performance.
Rachael Bail, founder and president of the McLean Drama Company, is a playwright, producer and journalist, who is a former Voice of America editor and correspondent. She spent years in the Broadway community and lived and worked in Rome, Italy, where she was a columnist for the Rome Daily American.
The McLean Drama Company, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, stages theatrical productions and dramatic readings emphasizing its mission – to present and inspire dramatic writing and new American plays, by playwrights from Northern Virginia, the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and nationwide. The MDC is also expanding its work across media. The educational purpose of these productions includes programs that deal with social issues of the day and reach out to, and raise awareness of, at-risk populations, young people and senior citizens.
The McLean Drama Company's Annual National 10-Minute Play Contest is underway. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize for the winning plays is a staged reading that will be presented at a Washington, D.C. area theatre during 2016.
MDC is also having a Regional 10-minute Play Contest for the Greater Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. The play that wins 1st Prize in the Regional Division will be presented together with the national winners.
Rachael Bail at Arena Stage with "Herb Baumel 'The Original' Fiddler on the Roof" display featuring memorabilia contributed by MDC in conjunction with Arena's 50th Anniversary production of "Fiddler."
MDC President Rachael Bail (center) with Board Members (from left): Susan Baumel, Winifred Delle and Barbara Baron at Arena Stage's exhibit displaying original items from Broadway's "Fiddler on the Roof".
Kenneth Kaufman,the great-grandson of Sholom Aleichem author of "Tevye's Daughters" the inspiration for "Fiddler on the Roof", and Rachael Bail, MDC Founder and President at Arena Stage's 50th Anniversary production of the hit show.