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CLIVE Awards - And The Winners Are...

And The Winners Are…
Inaugural Clive Award Encouraged Hundreds of New Plays from a Christian Worldview and shared $40k in Prize Money to the Winners.

After a yearlong process attracting hundreds of new play submissions from around the world, Fellowship for Performing Arts has announced the winners of the inaugural Clive Awards!

“It is so important to encourage writers to create theatre from a Christian worldview to compete in the wider marketplace of art and ideas,” said FPA Founder and Artistic Director Max McLean. “And we have the visionary generosity of our donors who supported this inaugural awards program to thank.”

The winners include:
First Place – Mike Solomonson — $25,000
Second Place – Joe Borini — $15,000

Under the leadership of FPA Literary Manager Christa Scott-Reed, The Clive Awards competition drew high-quality submissions from both experienced and aspiring playwrights. These intense, provocative, humorous and dramatic scripts confirm what the FPA family has long known, namely that the Christian worldview is a rich vein of ideas to discover, explore and develop through the theatre arts.

“The Clives gave us the added benefit of connecting with many literary artists who are inspired by our history of producing smart, imaginative, multilayered stories and adaptations from a Christian worldview,” Christa said. “It’s a privilege to play a role in expanding opportunities for writers who are working at the intersection of faith and culture.”

Next up for our winners is the collaborative process of preparing their plays for a staged reading later this year.

“The quality of submissions was beyond our expectations,” Max said. “These intense, provocative scripts reveal that, despite rumors to the contrary, the tenets of the Christian faith are being lived, argued over, tested and defended vigorously. These plays will be exciting to see as staged readings.” 

Named in honor of Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis, submissions for the competition were accepted from Jan. 31, 2023, to Aug. 31, 2023. From the hundreds of submissions, a field of six finalists was selected in December then the two winners in January. For more information, visit CliveAwards.com.

Deepest thanks goes to our generous donors who made these awards – in fact who make all we do at FPA – possible.

“The quality of submissions was beyond our expectations...”

Mike writes to explore characters who struggle against repressive societal forces or personal circumstances that compel them to grapple with their own moral codes. A Dramatists Guild member, his full-length play The Goodbye Levee debuted in Memphis, Tennessee, at the Playhouse on the Square in 2022 as a winner of their NewWorks@TheWorks competition. It also was a 2019 finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Mike lives in Arizona.

In Big Pearls and Small Hips, the world-famous and brilliant Clare Boothe Luce has it all, yet still feels morally and spiritually lost. She confronts Monsignor Fulton Sheen in her usual brash style, seeking answers to her thorny questions. Clare and Sheen forge a bond that demands they confront the deceit and pain they each have kept hidden in their lives. Based on their true story and full of famous figures of the mid-20th century, the play uses wit and pathos to delve deep into eternal questions about suffering, sin, and repentance.

Joe is a former journalist who earned a Masters in Fine Arts in playwriting from the Actors Studio School of Drama at The New School in New York. Joe’s plays have been produced in Virginia, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Rome and Melbourne. His one-act comedy Homecoming was published in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope All-Story in 2001 and was produced in Los Angeles as part of Worldly Acts. Joe was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2006 Playwrights Conference and is a member of the Actors Studio and the Dramatists Guild.

 In Tiger Takeout, a young delivery man, trapped in an elevator, has a life-changing theological encounter with a 400-pound Bengal tiger. The tiger evokes a modern-day Aslan, as he engages the young man in a remarkable journey of self-discovery on the path to both physical and spiritual rescue. This fresh and innovative play is at times hilarious and, ultimately, deeply moving.

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