G. M. Calhoun, Playwright
G. M. (George) Calhoun performed over 1,300 times with Covenant Players, a professional
traveling repertory company based near Los Angeles , earning their David Garrick Acting
Award for his body of work.
As a director of more than 60 one-acts and short plays on the road, his greatest pleasures
came from helping actors realize confidence in themselves. Tired of suitcase living, he now
resides in Hattiesburg , Mississippi, where he keeps busy writing plays.
After Off-West End previews at London’s Etcetera Theatre The Last South was a critical and
audience hit at the Pleasance Theatre during the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
(festivalhighlights.com) . A British tour of the play was in Spring '08. In Summer '08 George
and The Last South were accepted for the Sewanee Writer's Conference playwright's
workshop with Romulus Linney and Arlene Hutton. Two 10-minute plays, Waiting on
Napoleon and Starting Line, have had readings at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in
Alaska, where George is often an actor/reader. His one-act play "Tumblin' Down" was
performed at the 2010 Mississippi Theatre Association conference where George gave the
keynote speech and will perform in August 2010 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
A member of the Dramatists Guild, George is also the founding patron and organizer of the
Blaine Quarnstrom Playwright Series at the University of Southern Mississippi with the
purpose of introducing actors to working with playwrights.
THE LAST SOUTH
(aka The Last South: Pursuit of the Pole)
2 characters, single or no set
Two invincible explorers; one final race. Based on the journals of Scott and Amundsen. Only one
would be first at the South Pole, capturing the world’s respect and history’s acknowledgment.
Could the other handle being THE LAST SOUTH?.
**** "Compelling" - The Scotsman (click for full review)
**** "Gripping yarn" Top 5 Theatre, Top 20 Of All Festivals' Events, Hot List - The List (full review)
**** "Engaging" - Metro (full review)
**** "Poignant" - Evening Standard (full review)
***** "Everything right" - Edinburgh Guide (full review)
G. M. Calhoun