MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT
Laddy Sartin, a resident of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and a Mississippi native, holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi. An actor and stage technician as well as a writer, Sartin has worked in theatre for over two decades. He was the 1991-92 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Playwriting Fellowship, the state’s most prestigious individual artist award, with an honorarium of eight thousand dollars. His play BLESSED ASSURANCE was selected for the Eudora Welty New Play Series at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi, and was performed there in March 1995. BABY CAKES and LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, one-act plays by Sartin, were produced in the mid-1980s in Tallahassee, Florida; ROSES FOR ROY LEE was the first of Sartin’s full-length plays to be produced when it was included in the 1990-91 season of Charlotte’s Innovative Theatre. In the fall of 1992 BLESSED ASSURANCE was produced by Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, and was their entry in the American College Theatre Festival. The play was also produced by the University of Southern Mississippi in September 1993 and by West Georgia College in February 1994. It was also produced at the Arts Station in Atlanta, March 1995. CATFISH MOON was originally presented by Charlotte Repertory Theatre in 1994 during their Charlotte Festival/New Plays in America Series, where it received the prestigious Virginia Duvall Mann Award. Amateur productions and workshops have taken place at Catawba College and the University of Southern Mississippi using student performers. Coincidentally, both productions were entered in the American College Theatre Festival and were selected for the regional finals, and one was selected for the national finals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER described Sartin’s unique voice as “Southern, warm, full of the most bodacious joviality. He is able to have fun being from the South without making fun of Southerners.” Mr. Sartin is a member of The Dramatists Guild.