Maine Playwright’s Competition Winner – January 18
“Isaac Woodard – Forgotten Hero” by Delvyn Case and Stanley Katz
****Please note: This event will be pre-cast.
MHTL’s Maine Playwright’s Contest winner, Isaac Woodard – Forgotten Hero, by Delvyn Case & Stanley Katz will be presented as a staged reading Saturday January 18 @ 7 pm. Isaac Woodard, a 26 year old black man and decorated WWII veteran, while on his way home with an honorable discharge and still in uniform, was beaten, blinded and jailed by South Carolina white police on Feb 12 1946. No convictions were handed down.
On Feb 8, 2019 a historical marker was unveiled on the site of the beating to acknowledge the attack and its impact upon the civil rights movement.
Stanley Katz has been active in theater for more than 25 years. He started his theater training learning the ropes of Improv, and through that process, found a niche in helping to mold actors. In the last 10 years he has acted, produced, and directed, with directing becoming his love and primary focus.
Stan has recently directed plays for the Township Theater Group on Long Island, for the Northport (Long Island, NY) One Act Play Festival, and for Bare Bones Theater. He most recently assistant directed ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’, a Pulitzer Prize winner by Stephen Adly Guirgis, at the Studio Theatre on Long Island.
The genesis of the play about ‘Isaac Woodard- Forgotten Hero’ comes from a recent book by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ‘UNEXAMPLED COURAGE -The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring’
Delvyn C. Case, Jr. is Director of Drama at First Presbyterian Church, Bonita Springs, Florida (near Naples). He is previously the Director of Drama at First Baptist Church, Portland, Maine for 20 years where he produced and directed a large number of plays he has written. Delvyn’s plays have been produced at a number of festivals including the Maine Playwrights Festival (several Best Play awards), Karitos Conference, Art of the Play Festival, Northern Writes, Crowbait Club, and Samuel French One Act Festival (Off Off Broadway production of KABUL SCREAMS in October 2012). His play WHOSE RITE? was produced at the Boston Theater Marathon in May 2014. He has won the Maine Literary Award for playwrighting, Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Writing Awards (several years), and First Place in the Christians in Theatre Arts Awards. Several of his plays concerning the Rwandan genocide have been commissioned by Central Africa Vision (U.S.A.) and performed in Rwanda and Burundi. He is published by Drama Source, and a full member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Delvyn is also a member of the Snowlion Repertory Company Playlab and Crowbait Club (Portland, ME). Delvyn is an Emerging Artist of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
In the summer of 2015, Delvyn studied theatre at the University of Oxford with Lynn Robson.
Delvyn and his wife reside in Cumberland Foreside, Maine and Bonita Springs/Naples, Florida, traveling to New York (“as much as possible”).
Over 400 plays to choose from, spanning 20 years of playwriting
****Admission is free but donations gratefully accepted****
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