Pittburgher F.J. Hartland's "The Perhaps" was named best play and "Moon Over Gomorrah" by Byron Wilmont of Rochester, N.Y., won best production when the honors were handed out for the 2013 Pittsburgh New Works Festival on Oct. 6.
"The Perhaps" is about a lonely little boy who finds an imaginary friend — film legend Bette Davis, said a statement from Mr. Hartland. Parents travel to San Francisco for important news their son wants to share with them in "Moon Over Gomorrah."
- Best director: Jake Wadsworth, "Moon Over Gomorrah," produced by the Red Masquers of Duquesne University.
- Best actor: Joel Ambrose, "Hotline" by Cheryl Navo.
- Best actress: Ayne Terciera, "Hotline" by Cheryl Navo.
- Best supporting actor: Arran Harlan, "Even" by Karen L. Lewis.
- Best supporting actress: Barb Sawatis, "The Perhaps."
- Lifetime achievement: Playwright Rob Zellers, education director at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and co-author of "The Chief."
The Pittsburgh New Works Festival's 23rd season produced 18 new one-act plays (six as staged readings, 12 as full productions). It was the festival's first time in their new home at Off The Wall Theatre in Carnegie.