Other Than Honorable is the story of Grace Benton, a former army officer who resigned her commission under sealed terms and now works with a high profile Washington, D.C. law firm. A new client arrives at her office, reopening Grace’s wounds as she is forced to confront her past life in the army and learn what honor can mean in a soldier’s and woman’s life.
The cast includes Gwendolyn Whiteside* (Grace), Barbara Robertson (Alvina), Mark Montgomery (Gideon), Carmen Roman* (Brenda), Zach Kenney* (Billy), Ciera-Dawn Washington (Lydia), and Lakin Valdez (Hector).
*American Blues Theater Ensemble & Artistic Affiliate
The Blue Ink Playwriting Award was created in 2010 to support new work. Whiteside and the award-winning Ensemble select the winning play; the playwright receives a prize of $1000, a staged reading and the possibility to develop the work with American Blues Theater.
Previous recipients include:
2014 Comden Mall Community Activists by Doug Post
2013 Graveyard of Empires by Elaine Romero
2012 American Myth by Christina Gorman
2011 American Home by Stephanie Walker
Graveyard of Empires received a production at 16th Street Theater in 2015;
American Myth received a production at American Blues Theater in 2014.
ABOUT JAMIE PACHINO, recipient of the 2015 Blue Ink Playwriting Award
Jamie Pachino, currently living in Los Angeles, is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and television writer. Her plays have been produced in four countries, commissioned, published and honored multiple times, and her television work has aired across the world. Pachino’s plays have been named the winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant, the Laurie Foundation Theatre Visionary Award, Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson (“Jeff”) Award for Best New Work, the Pinter Prize Gold Medal for Drama, and the Francesca Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, among many others. Her plays have been nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Illinois Governor’s Award, and named Runner-up for the Osborn Award (American Theater Critics Association) and Jane Chambers Award. Pachino’s plays have been produced and developed by such theatres as Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, San Joes Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Geva, Northlight, Florida Stage, A Contemporary Theatre, and the Women’s Playwright Conference in Athens, Greece. As a screenwriter, Pachino has written features for DreamWorks, Disney, Vanguard Films, Walden Media, and Smith/Hemion. Greenestreet, Hearst, Trigger Street Films, and Lions Gate have optioned other film scripts. On television, Pachino currently writes for the series Franklin & Bash (TNT), with previous series work on Fairly Legal (USA Network) and freelance work for Rizzoli & Isles (TNT). She has written movies for Lifetime Television and the Hallmark Hall of Fame, including one that gathered Emmy and SAG nominations for Gena Rowlands. Pachino is a proud member of the WGA, the Playwrights Center, and the International Center for Women Playwrights, and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency and Evolution Entertainment. She has served on the faculties of Northwestern University (her alma mater), University of California Irvine, Columbia College, National Louis University and the Chicago Academy for the Arts.