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'Blasphemy of Bees' takes 5 Donna Awards at Pittsburgh New Works Festival

The Thoreau NM production of "Blasphemy of Bees" received five of the seven Donna Awards at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival's annual gala. The play was written by Christopher Dimond of Astoria, N.Y.

The awards were announced Sunday at the 19th Pittsburgh New Works Festival gala aboard the Gateway Clipper Princess. The awards are named for the festival's founder, Donna Rae.

The annual festival is dedicated to fostering the development of original one-act plays. Each year it debuts a dozen original one-act plays each produced by a different theater company.

This year's Donna awards:

Outstanding Production: "Blasphemy of Bees," accepted by producer Wendy Rea on behalf of Thoreau NM.

Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role: Sara Fisher in "Blasphemy of Bees."

Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role: Christopher Bondi in "Blasphemy of Bees."

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Arlene Merryman in "Senior Moment," written by Michael Wolfson of Valley Village, Calif., and produced by the Baldwin Players.

Outstanding Supporting Actor: T.C. Brown in "Blasphemy of Bees."

Outstanding Director: Awarded to both lance-eric skapura for "Blasphemy of Bees," and Lora Oxenreiter for "Working Together" by CCAC South.

Outstanding Contribution by a Playwright: Chris Gavaler of Virginia for "Vows," produced by Rage of the Stage Players. This was Gavaler's fourth consecutive win. The award carries a $500 cash prize.

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