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News: Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays Offers Local Playwrights a Chance to Develop Their Work | Newcity Stage
Playwright Aline Lathrop with director Hutch Pimentel Polarity Ensemble Theatre's eighth Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays, featuring four plays written by local playwrights, began last night at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Originated in 2006 by artistic director Richard Engling and Polarity's co-founder Ann Keen, the annual Dionysos Cup highlights four plays from Chicago-area playwrights, which are performed twice over a two-week period. This year's Dionysos Cup plays, selected from a pool of around seventy submissions, are "widely divergent" in subject matter, according to Engling. On the program are "Leavings" by Gail Parrish, "…And Eat It Too" by Aline Lathrop, "Girl Found" by Barbara Lhota and "The Charisma of Flying Saucers" by Mary Beth Hoerner. Parrish, whose play "Leavings" is rooted in her family's history, said she was thrilled to be selected for the festival. "I saw that Polarity was doing this competition for plays getting staged, and I sent mine in," Parrish said.