by Rachael Carnes

2nd Place Winner – Flash 405, June 2023: “Crescendo”


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A formatted text version of the stageplay



Judge’s Comments:
I was already intrigued by the third line of dialogue, with that sharp interruption suggesting the shape of the interpersonal dynamic to follow. I love how this piece depicts tension as a set of misreadings and misjudgments—accumulating in the space between two people at a terrifyingly fast pace, as one person completely fails to see and acknowledge the other. This piece felt very relatable to me.

Playwright Rachael Carnes received a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship, a 2020 Oregon Arts Commission Grant, a 2021 Lighthouse Writers Workshop Advanced Dramatic Writing Fellowship, and the 2021 Jane Stevens Award in Theatre. Her work is produced across the U.S., U.K., Middle East, Canada, and Asia; featured in many literary journals; and developed at myriad conferences and festivals. She and her family live in Oregon.

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