The North Haven Playwriting Festival, which debuted in 2011, returns for a second round of original, locally-written short theatrical works Friday through Sunday, May 17 through 19, at Waterman’s Community Center on Main Street, adjacent to the ferry landing.

The festival, coordinated by North Haven Community School’s Courtney Naliboff, features seven fully staged works by local playwrights presented across three performances: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday.

“We have 24 actors, ages 5 to adult, said Naliboff. “The plays are directed by myself, Terry Goodhue, A.G. Alexander and J.J. Greenlaw.”

Plays written by NHCS students are “The Brave Princess” by third-grader Sierra Koerber-Marx; “Tree House Club” by fourth-grader Katherine White; and “Marten Potter & The Goblet of Fire” by third-grader Marten Dunn. NHCS teacher Terry Goodhue of Vinalhaven offers “Earthless,” and North Haven year-rounders Alexander and Greenlaw wrote “Craig?” Plays from the island’s summer community are “Maine Diner” by Jacqueline Clark and “Sealed” by Sam Minot.

Scenic design and construction is by Brett Thompson, costume design by Kelsey Jones, sound design by William Trevaskis and lighting design by Alexander. Light board operator is Tristan Carrier, costume assistant is Ashlynn Ames, scenic construction assistance was lent by Greg Thompson and projections will be run by A. G. Alexander.

The festival should build interest in North Haven Arts & Enrichment at Waterman’s Community Center’s Play Writing Competition Summer 2013, funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. There will be cash prizes, and the winning script will be produced next year by NHA&E.

The contest is open to both year-round and summer residents of the island. Deadline for outline plus a single scene with dialogue is July 1. Selection of finalists will be announced July 15; full-length scripts will be due Nov. 4 and the first prize winner will be announced Jan. 24.

For script submission information, email Christie Hallowell at The submission form can be downloaded from

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or