By Mary Frost
PARK SLOPE — Hot dog eating is not the only contest in town.
The audience will vote to choose the winner of a $500 prize at a playwriting competition taking place on July 11 at 8 p.m., outdoors at the Old Stone House in Park Slope.
Over the course of about one hour, Piper Theatre Productions will present three new one-act plays with a youth focus, finalists in the Piper Plays: Smart Plays for Young Actors festival. Then it will be thumbs up for the audience favorite.
The festival is the culmination of a nationwide playwriting contest. The plays presented have been chosen from over 100 entrants from throughout the United States and Canada, according to Piper Theatre. The one-act plays are “smart, dynamic, quirky, exciting, funny, disturbing and original."
The plays are: "Dancing Turtle," written by Thomas M. Atkinson and directed by Rachel Rear; "The Blasphemy of Bees," written by Christopher Dimond and directed by John McEneny; and "Brechtian Alienation," written by Sean O’Donnell and directed by John McEneny.
Piper Theatre Productions is in residence at the Old Stone House of Brooklyn at Third Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues. For more information visit pipertheatre.org.