Playlab reads Emack’s ‘Power Play’

Dec 27, 2013

Portland — Snowlion Repertory Company's Playlab meets every month to explore a new script for the stage, and Prospect writer Laura Emack considers the drive well worth the effort in order to interact with other playwrights and Portland's vibrant actors. On Thursday, Jan. 9, under the direction of Al D'Andrea, Emack's “Power Play” will begin its journey from page to stage.

In search of little-mined dramatic territory, Emack chose the world of college sports. While “Power Play” happens at a fictional college in Vermont, University of Maine fans will relate to the challenges facing the new head coach. The team's resurgence becomes threatened when Shane Reilley, star freshman goalie, gets into academic trouble. Both coach and player face crises in which integrity wages battle with the need to win.

Emack's work has been produced in New York City, as well as various Maine venues. In 2012, Husson University Theatre produced “The Easter Parade” at Gracie Theatre in Bangor. Her essay "Solving the Childcare Conundrum" was included in “Save Wisely, Spend Happily,” published by the AICPA in 2012. Emack is a certified public accountant who works part-time "to feed my writing habit" at Haverlock, Estey & Curran in Hampden.

Playlab readings are not open to the general public. However, the group welcomes inquiries from potential new members. Interested dramatic writers should visit for more information.

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