Montgomery Playhouse and Silver Spring Stage Win Awards at ESTA’s One Act Festival

The Eastern States Theater Association (ESTA) One Act Festival was held May 2-4, 2014 in Ridley Park, PA. One act plays representing New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland competed for top prizes. The awards that were given today, May 4th, at the Sunday morning awards breakfast. Congratulations to all the winners!

Winners from the DC Metro Area 

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Outstanding Achievement in Acting

*Mara Bayewitz (Arlin), “Commencing” -The Montgomery Playhouse
Andrew Meck (Thisbe), “Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Cape Henlopen HS THeatre Academy
Karen Lammey (Christine), “Our Place” – The Barnstormers
Vivian Hwang (Being One), “Mirror Bowl” – Confetti Stage
Matthew Side (Being Two), “Mirror Bowl” – Confetti Stage
Kathy Buterbaugh (Mother), “Hansel and Gretel” – Wilmington Drama League
Stanley Michael Janczak (Eric), “Peace in Our Time” – Wyoming County Bicentenial Singers
*Jerald Lentini (Wally), “Useless Information” – Silver Spring Stage
*Bill Hurlbut (Fred), “Useless Information” – Silver Spring Stage
The award-winning cast of Silver Spring Stage's 'Useful Information.' Photo by  Joy Cecilly Blumberg Gerst.
The award-winning cast of Silver Spring Stage’s ‘Useful Information.’ Photo by
Joy Cecilly Blumberg Gerst.
Outstanding Achievement in Direction 
*Dania Palanker, “Useless Information” – Silver Spring Stage
Linda Shirey and Sheila O’Shea, “Mirror Bowl” – Confetti Stage
Sherman C Ward Award for Excellence in Writing (Original Work)
*Frank Tangredi, “Useless Information” – Silver Spring Stage
Outstanding production (Published)
Third Place: “Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Cape Henlopen HS Theatre Academy
Second Place:  “Hansel and Gretel” – Wilmington Drama League
*First Place: “Commencing” – The Montgomery Playhouse

Outstanding production (Original Work)
Third Place: “Our Place” – The Barnstormers
*Second Place: “Useless Information” – Silver Spring Stage  
First Place: “Mirror Bowl” – Confetti Stage

Best In Show 
“Mirror Bowl” – Confetti Stage

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