Smith-Harris is finalist in theatrical competition

Megan Smith-Harris of Wilton is one of two finalists in a theatrical competition that will be judged by renowned playwright Terrence McNally. Billed as An Evening with Terrence McNally, the contest is part of a spring benefit at The Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport on Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m.

Smith-Harris’s play, A Whole New World, will compete with Ukimwi by Tom Coash.

“Am I nervous? Very,” she said in a press release. “While I have written for virtually every medium (television, film, radio, blogs, magazines, and theater) I have never ever written a one-act play before.”

Smith-Harris will direct her play with Melody James of Westport. Her cast includes Florence Phillips of Cos Cob, St. Luke's rising senior Grace Cashman and Jason Peck of Ridgefield, and Joanna Keylock of New Haven.

Known to Wilton Library patrons as the presenter of the New Perspectives Film Series there, Smith-Harris is president and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions, which produced the critically acclaimed film Trial by Fire: Lives Reforged. She has also produced documentaries for WEtv and is currently producing and directing The Buddy System, about the relationship between a young autistic boy and his assistance dog, Buddy. She is also editor of Wilton Magazine.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I feel incredibly grateful,” Smith-Harris said.

Tom Coash of New Haven has written works such as Cry Havoc, which was produced for the South African National Arts Festival, and Veils, which was a finalist for the American Theatre Critics Association's ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award and will be produced in London this summer. His other works have been produced regionally.

After the performances, McNally will meet one-on-one with the authors and offer suggestions on how to improve their material. McNally is one of Broadway’s most prolific playwrights, having won a Tony Award for Best Play for Love! Valour! Compassion! And Master Class. He has also won an Emmy Award and four Drama Desk Award and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1996.

The benefit includes a VIP cocktail reception with McNally, a short lecture with a Q&A and the one-act performances.

Theater seats are $35, table seats are $75, which include post-event cocktails and desserts with McNally.

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