THE SCREENING ROOM: Highlights from the Davenport Songwriting Contest, Featuring Hannah Elless, Ben Fankhauser and More
07 Feb 2014
The first annual Davenport Songwriting Contest, presented by Broadway producer Ken Davenport, was held Jan. 30 at the Davenport Theatre. Here are highlights from the evening.
The contest, hosted by Sheri Sanders ("Rock The Audition"), featured ten songs competing for the title of Best Song and a $500 grand prize. Songwriter Madeline Myers, whose song "I Could Be a Hero" was performed by Ben Fankhauser, took home the top prize, and all finalists received a cash prize of $50.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.