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Snowdance 2017

Over Our Head Players has announced the 10 finalists selected for performance at the “2017 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival.” Between July and October, a record-breaking 284 scripts were submitted for consideration. Playwrights from 35 states and six foreign countries entered the competition. The largest number of entries came from California, followed by New York. Three of the 2017 finalists have competed in previous Snowdance competitions.

The Snowdance selection committee has chosen these 10 finalists to further compete in production. These original comedies will be performed together by the OOHP Snowdance® ensemble at Sixth Street Theatre in February. At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites win cash prizes.

The winning titles and their authors:

Googleheads by Eoin Carney, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Two strangers at a bus stop converse in the universal language of the future

Soul Man by Greg Jenkins, Luke, Maryland
A down-on-his-luck dentist receives a visit from an angel

One Night Stan by Adam Szudrich, Australia
Three women each recount their evening with Stan

Statehood by John C. Davenport, Seattle, Washington
Wormy has some grand plans for his restroom stall

Well Really by Susan Goodell, Weston, Connecticut
Just a traditional family dinner conversation - not

Jesus Feeds the 4,999 by Kay Phillips, Sierra Vista, Arizona
Biblical miracle worker encounters a gastronomic dilemma

Conspiracy of Love by Philip J. Kaplan, Brooklyn, New York
A blind date, and he has a one-track mind

Game Day by Robert O’Connell, Coral Springs, Florida
Four famous “patriots” have a long-standing football rivalry

Four People Trapped in an Elevator for Ten Hours Depicted Here in Under Ten Minutes by Michael Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin
The title says it all

Snipped by Joshua Kaplan, Los Angeles, California
He’ll do anything for love, but will he do that?

The Snowdance 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a competition of original 10 minute comedies.  In the ultimate interactive experience, the audience can vote for the production they enjoyed the most.  The votes will be tallied throughout the five week festival run, and the Snowdance® “Best in Snow” will be awarded after the final performance on March 5.  A cash award of $500.00 goes to “Best in Snow”, with a $200.00 award going to second place and $100 to third place.  OOHP presents Snowdance February 3 – March 5, 2017. Friday performances are at 8:00; Saturday shows are at 5:30 and 8:00.  Sunday shows are at 2:30, and Thursdays performances are at 7:00.  Tickets are $17.50 on Fridays and Saturdays and $15 Thursdays and Sundays.  Reservations are available at (262)632-6802.

Managing Artistic Director Rich Smith describes the submissions, "Every year, Snowdance truly reflects the current trends in playwrighting. It is always interesting to see the topics and styles that comprise each year's entrants. We have chosen 10 scripts for production that represent the best of contemporary comedy writing." He does add, "It's a ‘PG-13' mix of material this year - sure to be lots of fun for audiences, whether attending their first Snowdance or their 12th+1." And now it's time to get to work. "We have a terrific ensemble of comedic actors on board for this year's Snowdance. Once again, we are fortunate to have a mix of Snowdance veterans along with a few talented rookies. The other directors and I cannot wait to start working with them and bringing these new comedies to life on the Sixth Street Theatre stage."

The 2017 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is sponsored by Minuteman Press.  Rich Smith leads the Snowdance acting and directing ensemble, which also features John Adams, Kristin Althoff, Elizabeth Bitner, Diane Carlson, Chynna Chung, Nicolas Hoyt, Mary Kveton, Ron Schulz, Robbie Shaw and Eric Welch.

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival has grown into an international event and has been granted a United States trademark registration.  All twelve previous Snowdance® Festivals played to sold out audiences.

Over Our Head Players is a non-profit organization of volunteer talent now in their 25th season; they operate the Sixth Street Theatre in Racine.  OOHPs has a commitment to original theatre.  In addition to the annual Snowdance® competition, previous original works include sold-out productions of The Cedar Chest Letters, It's a Wonderful Lifeboat, Ode to Garlic, Waiting for the WeinermobileTM, Big Shoes, Still Haven't Found..., Real Remembrances of the War in Vietnam, and their 2004 Artwalk performance of Camp Nelson. Their season is made possible in part through a grant from the Racine Community Foundation.