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SUNO executive associate is finalist for drama award - 2/5/2013 -

Harold Ellis Clark, executive associate to the Chancellor, SUNO, is one of two finalists for the 2013 Stanley Drama Award for his play, Tour Detour. Rob Winn Anderson of Orlando, Florida, is the other finalist for the play, The Tenth Son.

Clark and Anderson will be honored during a reception, March 18, 2013, at The Players in New York, New York. Veteran playwright David Ives, writer of Venus in Fur, a 2012 Tony Award nominee for best play, will present the awards.

The award is offered for an original full-length play or musical that has not previously been professionally produced or published. Judges include a variety of faces from the New York theatre community including artistic directors, literary agents, and producers. This year marks the Stanley Drama Award's 56th anniversary.

Tour Detour is set four months before the 2008 U.S. presidential election. A son, just prior to embarking on his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, visits his father who's serving a life sentence at a Central Louisiana prison. They haven't seen each other in 26 years.
Clark penned numerous unpublished novels and unproduced screenplays over 18 years. The plays include Marrero Action (produced at the Anthony Bean Community Theatre in 2011), Fishers of Men (produced at Dillard University's Cook Theatre in 2012), and Tour Detour. He's currently editing the rough draft of the play, We Live Here.

He adapted Marrero Action from his identically titled unpublished novel for which he was named one of eight finalists for the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize. Fishers of Men was adapted from his screenplay, The New Saints, and in 2000 Clark's script, Urban Realities, was made into a short film starring Mykel Shannon Jenkins (ABC's "Ugly Betty"; CBS's "The Bold and the Beautiful"). It aired as the 10th installment of New Orleans Access Television's critically-acclaimed "Short Story Theater" series. Chummy's Spirit, his independently published novel, topped the best-seller's list for four weeks in 2006 at Barnes & Noble in Harvey.


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