28 May 2005 — THE GARDEN OF DROMORE
by James McLindon

The Cast...
Estelle
Aden
as: Nana
Anne
Connolly
as: Marie
Brendan
McMahon
as: Father Terrence
Jan M.
Grice
as: Monsignor Buckley

The Garden of Dromore is a riveting drama pulled from today’s headlines. James McLindon’s wonderful play, winner of HRC Showcase Theatre’s W Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest this year, gives audiences a view of one day in the lives of four people caught up in the tragic scandal in the Catholic Church in Boston. Although The Garden of Dromore is a work of fiction, McLindon’s characters have been crafted so beautifully that they become vividly alive and you will insist they are real.

JAMES McLINDON, playwright of this season’s final offering and winner of this year’s W Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest, The Garden of Dromore, is no stranger to Showcase Theatre audiences. His wonderful play Distant Music , was performed on the Showcase Theatre stage in February of 2003. Jim is a lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School, although he has severely limited his practice for several years to write plays. He has written five to date, The Garden of Dromore being his most recent. Distant Music was just named one of four finalists for the Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American comedy. It was also a finalist in the 2002 Panowski Playwriting competition. The Irish Repertory Theatre in New York and the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago also performed readings of Distant Music this past fall. In the spring of 2004, it was read at the Abingdon Theatre in New York and won the Tennessee Stage company’s New Plays Festival, and will be given a full production this year. Distant Music has also been chosen for a reading by First Stage in Los Angeles and was given a full production at Sienna Colege in Albany this year having won their International Playwriting Contest. McLindon co-wrote two plays, Making It and People II, which were produced in Chicago. Making It was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award as Best New Play (non-Equity). He has published numerous, humorous short pieces in, for example, Yankee Magazine and Boston Phoenix. Jim has also published lengthy, exceedingly non-humorous pieces in the Harvard Law Review and other legal journals.

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