Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award 2023

The Portland Civic Theatre Guild sought submissions from Portland Metro Area playwrights for a new play and we have a winner!

BAD BABIES (A Western Fairytale)
By Jacklyn Maddux

BAD BABIES (A Western Fairytale) will receive a staged reading by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild in 2023.


“Left in a garbage can as an infant, abandoning her own child on a doorstep, a scurrilous old woman lives on the edge of the desert offering water and unexpected gifts to lost men.  Cactus Jack revels in her aloneness and howling at the mountain lions who smile at her from the mountains many miles away, until two visitors arrive and change her life forever.”

Jacklyn Maddux (playwright) is an actor and playwright. Her play Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and was subsequently produced by Foothill Theatre Company. Her play Woman Floating Out a Window was chosen by the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York for their One Act Festival. Her play Time Being was given a reading by the Reading Parlor.

As a Portland actor, Jacklyn has appeared at Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, Shaking the Tree, and Corrib Theatre.

Nationally, Jacklyn has appeared at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York in The Art of Dining and Hagar's Children. For the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, she appeared as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Portia in Merchant of Venice. She has appeared at the Cincinnati Playhouse, and in New York appeared at the Thirteenth Street Theatre in the Off-Broadway revival of Israel Horovitz's Line and Shooting Gallery.

She is a member of Actors' Equity and the Dramatists Guild, as well as a certified Alexander Technique teacher and a member of New York's Ensemble Theatre.

The Portland Civic Theatre Guild is also pleased to recognize our seven finalists for their outstanding works listed below in alphabetical order by playwright:

Shanghai by Linda Alper

Still Harvey Still by Brianna Barrett

Sube y Baja by Francisco Garcia

The God Cluster by Ernie Lijoi

The Eclipse by Sofia Molimbi

Hot Times by Nancy Moss

Hector of LA by Cari Quistberg

BAD BABIES (A Western Fairytale) marks the eleventh anniversary of the
Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s commitment to Portland area playwrights and new works through the Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award.

Each spring The Guild calls for submissions from Portland area playwrights,
selects a new script, and provides everything the playwright needs to bring the new work from the page to the stage. Previous winners include The Sweatermakers by Andrew Wardenaar, Love is Enough by Donna Barrow-Green, Deception by Nancy Moss, Rimbaud’s Daughter in Louisiana (or the Drunken Pirogue) by Steve Patterson, Badge of Honor by Tim Blough, I Love You/Who Are You by Matthew Miller, Shakespeare's Skull by Rich Rubin, Recent Unsettling Events by Andrea Stolowitz, Cat Napper by Kwik Jones, and Dorothy's Dictionary by E.M. Lewis.