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Shepherd-Bates and Matthew Turner Shelton performing in the winning script from the 2012 Gay Play Series, "Fanny Packs and Hanky Codes," by Kristian O'Hare. Photo: Joe Plambeck
FERNDALE – The third annual Gay Play Series completed its most successful year June 25 at Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre. The Audience Award for Best Script this year went to "Fanny Packs and Hanky Codes" by San Francisco playwright Kristian O'Hare. "Fanny Packs and Hanky Codes" was directed by Matthew Turner Shelton and featured Shelton, Patrick O'Connor Cronin, Frannie Shepherd-Bates, and Josh Campos. The short play will be featured in a full run with last year's winner, "A Few Survivors" by Jason Sebacher, during the upcoming 2012-13 season at The Ringwald.
An Audience Award for Best Actor went to Cronin for his performance in "Fanny Packs and Hanky Codes." Best Actress honors went to Genevieve Jona for her turn in Mark Harvey Levine's "Ten Picnics," directed by Joe Plambeck. The Best Director award went to Gary Lehman for helming "Queer/Trek" by Brian Walker.
The Ringwald Theatre is located at 22742 Woodward Avenue in the Times Square of Ferndale. For complete information about The Ringwald, log on to TheRingwald.com.
About The Ringwald Theatre
The Ringwald opened its doors on May 11, 2007 with "Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy" and quickly became a mainstay of Detroit's theater community. The Ringwald was named 2009 and 2012 Best Theatrical Troupe by Real Detroit and Best Place to See Local Theatre in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the readers of Metro Times.