Party Favors has won First Prize in the 2016 Goshen Peace Play Contest.
Cary Pepper is a playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. His plays have been presented throughout the United States and internationally.
Among his one-act plays, Small Things won the Robert R. Lehan Playwriting Award and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2006 One Act Play Contest, and has been airing on National Public Radio as part of the Playing on Air series. Stealing Melissa won the Doc Jim Martin Playwright Competition, and The Walrus Said won the Religious Arts Guild Playwriting Competition and Party Favors won the 2016 Goshen Peace Play Contest.
Among his full-length plays, How It Works was given a staged reading at the Abingdon Theatre in New York City, was a Finalist at Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest 2010, and won the 2012 Ashland New Plays Festival. Cufflinked was a semifinalist in the 2014 Ashland New Plays Festival; And Jonah Rose Up was a semifinalist in the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition; The Maltese Frenchman was a Finalist for the National Play Award.
He was nominated for the 2010 David and Lynn Angell Humanitas Comedy Fellowship, and is a four-time contributor to Applause Books’ Best American Short Plays series (Small Things;House of the Holy Moment; Come Again, Another Day; Irish Stew). His work also appears in Audition Monologues for Student Actors II (Meriwether Publishing); Scenes and Monologs from the Best New International Plays (Meriwether Publishing); The Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays - Volume Two (Applause Books); and The Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays - Volume Three (Applause Books).
Cary is a member of the Dramatists Guild, a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area playwrights group ThroughLine, and a member of the Marin Playwrights’ Lab.
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