ACT Asks San Francisco to Write Like Mamet for Prizes; Entries Due Jan. 17

News   ACT Asks San Francisco to Write Like Mamet for Prizes; Entries Due Jan. 17 Cram as many four-lettered words and exactingly-paced, rapid-fire "uh"s as possible into three pages and you could win one of American Conservatory Theatre's prizes in the company's David Mamet writing contest, open through Jan. 17.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of American Buffalo's run on Broadway (and ACT's own production, playing in the Geary Theatre Jan. 9-Feb. 9), the theatre will be accepting entries in three different Mamet categories: 100% original Mamet-esque script, an adaptation of another work (Shakespeare, Neil Simon, etc.) in Mamet-style and a new scene created for Mamet's characters (say, Glengarry Glen Ross's Ricky Roma meets American Buffalo's Teach in a bar where they both try to pick up Oleanna's Carol). All entries must be three pages long and written to be performed. Entries are due Jan. 17; the ten winners will be notified Jan. 24. Winning scripts will be performed Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Fred's Columbia Room at the Geary Theatre. Prizes include free tickets to upcoming ACT productions, movie passes for Landmark Cinemas and gift certificates to Border's Books.

To enter, send a hard copy to Writing Contest, A.C.T., 30 Grant Ave., 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108 or e-mail a copy in Word to writingcontest@act-sf.org. The author's full name, address, phone number, and e-mail address are required with each script. American Conservatory Theatre is on-line at http://www.act-sf.org.