Northwest English Instructor Alice Shen has been honored with the Southeastern Theater Conference’s 2010 Charles M. Getchell New Play Award. Her play, “Entitled,” will receive a staged reading and adjudication at SETC’s conference March 3-7 in Lexington, Ky.
“Entitled” is Shen’s first full-length play, written while she was a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The play chronicles the life of David Winter, a writer who penned a pretty good novel four years ago, but hasn’t produced a follow-up. When his estranged and pregnant half-sister, Renee, arrives in town, Winter finds himself struggling with past baggage and future responsibilities.
Shen continues sending out full-lengths and one-act plays and is looking to land her first full production. She currently is working on “Magical Thinking,” a psychological drama about a woman who weighs the personal benefits and familial disapproval of her decision to divorce her comatose husband.