Panic Is Winner of 2008 Edgar Award for Mystery Play

News   Panic Is Winner of 2008 Edgar Award for Mystery Play The Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best New Play was given to Joseph Goodrich for his play Panic at a May 1 ceremony in Manhattan.

The thriller was one of three nominated works in the drama category. All three titles emerged in the 2007 International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, KY. The nominees included If/Then by David Foley and Books by Stuart M. Kaminsky.

"Panic takes place in 1960s Paris as a film director becomes friends with a French film critic who wants to be a director," according to the announcement. "Their futures are in jeopardy when a past relationship brings blackmail and leads to a murder."

Goodrich is a writer and actor from Minnesota. His plays have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and Portland, ME. He has plays included in "The Backstage Book of New Short American Plays" and in "Padua: Plays from the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival." His poetry has appeared in the Venice West Review, his fiction in Bullet magazine, and he is a contributor to "Conducting A Life: Reflections On The Theatre Of Maria Irene Fornes."

For more about the Edgars, named for Edgar Allan Poe, visit www.mysterywriters.org.

The 2008 International Mystery Writers' Festival (not related to the group that runs the Edgars) is scheduled for June 12-22, when another crop of thrillers and mysteries for the stage will emerge. The festival will take place at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro. Visit www.newmysteries.org for more information.