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Newport Writer, a Graduate of Covington Latin & NKU, Wins State Playwriting Contest

A ten-minute play scored a Newport woman first prize from the Kentucky Theatre Association (KTA).
 
Morgan Patton's Strangers in the Park bagged top honors from KTA's "Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest" which for the past four years has focused on finding Kentucky's best new full-length plays.
 
Patton's play, along with cuttings from the winning full-length scripts, will be read at the KTA Conference on Friday at Eastern Kentucky University's Pearl Theatre. 
 
Born and raised in Newport, Patton went to Covington Latin High School and graduated magna cum laude from Northern Kentucky University as an Honors Scholar with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Playwriting and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Currently, Patton is finishing her Master's of Fine Arts in Playwriting at Ohio University. In addition to writing the winning play in the 10-minute catagory, Patton was a semi-finalist in the KTA'S full-length division for her play The Wastepaper Basket.
 
The three full-lenght finalists in the Kentucky Theatre Association’s Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest will discover who has won first prize and $250 as writer of the state’s best new full-length play. Ms. Patton wins $50 and a plaque for her play. Finalists in the full-length division are Mike Meadors, a 2006 graduate of Lexington Catholic High School who currently lives in San Carlos, CA, and  is the author of The Prince of Riker’s Island;  John J. Kelly of Elmira, New York, who once taught at Somerset Community College, for A Passing Moment, and David J. Preece, Manchester, NH, a graduate of WKU, for According to John.
 
Patton's Strangers in the Park is about a chance meeting between Nathan and Abigail. Even though they just met, they have undeniable chemistry, and more in common than they realize, but they’re hampered by their respective insecurities—and their inability to read each other’s minds. 
 
KTA’s Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest is open to any past or present resident of Kentucky who writes plays. In previous years—the contest is in its fifth year—the contest gave awards only for full-length plays. 
 
Semi-finalists in the full-length category included all of the finalists and Phil Paradis, Fort Thomas for The Red Badge of Stephen Crane, and Patton for The Wastepaper Basket.
 
Beginning in 2015, the KTA Contest will have two play categories: Full-Length and 10-Minute. In both instances three finalists will be recognized and have readings at that year’s KTA Conference at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.
 
-Staff report