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Calling All Playwrights!

On Saturday, October 20th, HART Theatre is presenting a Playwright’s Showcase, taking a unique look at the creative process which takes a playwright’s work from page to stage with readings from previously unproduced plays or works in progress.

We are asking local playwrights to submit scenes no longer than 15 minutes and the best of these will be chosen to present as staged readings in an evening that encourages a dialogue between playwright and audience members.

Please send scenes electronically to with the subject “Playwright’s Showcase”. Include a short summary of the play and your contact phone number. The deadline to submit material is Monday, September 24th. We will let you know whether your scene has been chosen by the end of that week.

On Saturday, October 20th, from 1 – 5:30 p.m., you will have the opportunity to work with the six actors (3 male, 3 female) who will be reading your script. There will be time for dinner, then the Showcase begins at 7:30 p.m.

One of these new plays might end up in one of HART’s upcoming seasons…

Hillsboro Artists Regional Theatre (HART) is Hillsboro’s only community theatre celebrating its eighteenth year. It has an ongoing commitment to local artists, producing new works by local playwrights, providing training for technicians and actors, and encouraging young directors.

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  1. Written by HART founder Kim (Sandstrom) Hawksey with collaboration by Helen Haskell of Mothers Against Medical Error, Damselfly is often light-hearted, humorous, and passionate, yet it still conveys the real-life account of a deadly breakdown in our healthcare system and the resulting loss of a bright theatre light. Damselfly is the first theatrical production of its kind, dedicated to safe healthcare. It is based on the life of Diana Brookins, a young Hillsboro actress who was the daughter of HART founder Kim (Sandstrom) Hawksey. Diana, a long-time actress on the HART stage, died July 25, 2004 (National Patient Safety Day), from the effects of a routine surgical procedure four months earlier. She lived in the hospital for 110 days and succumbed to her injuries eight days following the birth of her only child, Julia Belle. Damselfly also features an epilogue that brings to life children Lewis Blackman, James Mannix, and Leah Coufal, all lost to medical harm.

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