Playwright Angus MacLachlan.
Playwright Angus MacLachlan.

Angus MacLachlan (author of the highly acclaimed film Junebug) has just been named the 2012 ACT New Play Award winner for his new work Abundant Acreage Available.  As winner, he wins a $2500 prize and the opportunity to have workshop development of his play. Two free staged readings will be presented in ACT’s Bullitt Cabaret February 25-26, 2012. Immediately following each reading are post-play discussions with the playwright and the director, Anita Montgomery.

MacLachlan’s Abundant Acreage Available takes a quirky look at existential questions of loss, impermanence, and the notion of home. On a fifty-acre North Carolina farm worked, loved and haunted by generations, the aging siblings of two intimately connected families come to terms with the death of their parents and the shortened strand dividing them from the end of their lives.

Local actors included in these readings are Burton Curtis, Todd Jefferson Moore, Marianne Owen, Wesley Rice and Rick Tutor.

2012 also marks the development of a new play monthly reading that ACT is “playfully” calling The Construction Zone. Co-curated by Anita Montgomery and Christine Sumption, The Construction Zone offers playwrights opportunities to develop and share new work. Performed by professional artists and followed by discussions, The Construction Zone will occur on the last Monday of select months in ACT’s intimate new Eulalie Scandiuzzi Space (The Lalie). The first Zone is January 30 and will feature American Wee Pie by Lisa Dillman and will include actors Chris Ensweiler, Sarah Harlett, Peter Dylan O’Connor, MJ Sieber and Annette Toutonghi.

Tickets for the 7:00pm, January 30 reading are – Adults: $10, Students/Seniors/Under 25: $5. Go to for more information.

Community ACT Theatre announces 2012 New Play Award