Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy

Tom Cavanaugh Wins Lionheart Prize

Congratulations to my long-time client and TALF (Theatre Artist I Love to Follow) Tom Cavanaugh, whose ADAM & YOSHI has won the Lionheart Theatre’s Make the House Roar Prize for 2012. I enjoyed dramaturging ADAM & YOSHI, and am proud that it has gained so much attention in such a short time.

ADAM & YOSHI is a full-length serio-comedy. It features a young lawyer who is studying for the bar exam and falling deeper in love with Yoshi, a woman who dresses as a superhero. Adam bears with his unhappy home and career, but he learns from Yoshi how to envision a different reality for himself. Themes of masking, unmasking, complacency and bravery are interwoven as Adam’s all-American family adopts a change in values.

Tom, a Los Angeles playwright, holds an M.F.A. from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has been awarded numerous prizes and his works have been produced across the country. Highlights among these include: THE CIRCUS STILL COMES TO TOWN, produced as part of the Thesis Repertory Season at Circle in the Square Downtown (NYC); DINER TALK, awarded first prize and produced in the 2001 Jersey Voices One Act Play Festival; ICONS and STARS IN CEMENT, produced in the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s, Hollywood Boulevard Playwriting Competition at the Actors Playpen in Hollywood, California; ACE OF HEARTS, a commissioned work produced by Twilight Productions produced in Gilbertsville, Kentucky; BEHOLD, a 2010 finalist in the New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and one of three winners of the 2011 Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting; and WONDER winner of the Irene Bashore Award for Playwriting from FirstStage Los Angeles in 2010.

Featured as a “Writer to Watch” in the March/April 2006 issue of “Script” magazine, Tom’s screenplays include HARVEST, a short erotic thriller, won third prize in Toucan Films Short Screenplay Competition in Burbank, CA., THE HEROES OF ’76, a semi-finalist in the 2003 Sundance Institute Feature Film Development Project, and THE WILDNESS TREATMENT, one of twenty scripts to receive Honorable Mention at the 2012 Los Angeles Movie Awards.

In addition to winning the Lionheart Theatre prize, ADAM & YOSHI, has won second place in the McKinney Repertory New Play Competition in McKinney, Texas and is one of seven finalists at The New American Playwrights Program at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City Utah.

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