Harold Ellis Clark named finalist in the 58th Annual Stanley Drama Award competition
Harold Ellis Clark was named among a few people on a highly selective list at the 58th Annual Stanley Drama Award ceremony, held on March 23rd at The Players Club in Manhattan, NY. Justin Guarini, runner-up to Kelly Clarkson on American Idol's first season and star of Broadway's "Wicked," served as the award presenter. Hal was honored as a playwriting finalist along with Will Pegg (music composition winner), Bob Clyman (playwriting winner), and Jackson Toby (playwriting finalist).
Judges included Tony Award-winning actress Michele Pawk, two-time Drama Desk Award-winning director Jack Cummings III, whose direction of 2014's "I Remember Mama" was named by The New York Times as one of the top ten productions from last year, and Jeffrey Sweet, a playwright and theatre historian, whose book, "The O'Neill", a history of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, was published last year by Yale University Press. When asked the next day of his experience speaking with Mr. Sweet, Hal stated, "The accolades and insight Mr. Sweet stated last night about my play "Uncle Bobby '63" were truly humbling." Hal also states, "Being recognized for my work in NYC twice within the past two years is undoubtedly a God-job and a boyhood dream come true."
"We Live Here" premieres at Theaterworks in Memphis, TN
Harold Ellis Clark's play "We Live Here" debuted January 2-25, 2015 at Theaterworks in Memphis, TN. A winner of the 2013 NewWorks@TheWorks Playwriting Competition, the play focuses on Francine and Calvin, a black couple from New Orleans’ Lower 9th ward who win a house in a white neighborhood. When they catch a boy vandalizing their yard, they begin to worry that their “dream come true” may be too good to be true.
Sponsored by Sedgwick and Janis & Peter Kesser