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Local playwright recognized in annual one-act play playwriting competition

November 29, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Arts of the Inland writer Chuck Wood, of Lehigh Acres, is a winner of the Naples Players annual one-act play playwriting competition.

His short play, "Waiting for my Vote," was among the four winning plays chosen.

Among the hundreds of persons in long lines on election day 2012, "Waiting for my Vote" centers on two strangers who form an unexpected friendship while in line. The two share small talk, a snack, deeper insights and a surprise decision.

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Chuck Wood

All four plays will receive staged public readings at the Sugden Theatre on Dec. 6-7.

A public reception will be held for the winning playwrights following the Dec. 6 performance.

Wood was also a Naples winner in 2005 for his play, "Tonight is Forever."

In July, Wood learned that he had won first place in the Clarence "Bud" Jones Memorial Playwriting Competition, sponsored by the Firehouse Theatre in La Belle.

His winning longer play, "Up Close from a Distance," will receive a full-staged production at Firehouse Theatre during the 2014-15 season.

Wood is an Arts of the Inland member, and he has a writing connection with the Gulf Coast Writers Association and the Penpushers at the Lehigh Acres Senior Center.

He has also written and directed productions at the Lehigh Acres Church of the Nazarene.

Wood has a background in teaching at the high school and college levels.



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