LEWISTON – Production of a one-act play written by Suzanne R. Roy of Lewiston has won the “Best Play” award in the Ararat One-Act Play Festival in the Australian state of Victoria, earning the troupe that performed it the coveted “Bert Bates Memorial Trophy.” The Ararat Festival is said to be the largest single festival of its type in the southern hemisphere.

“Caretakers” is the second play in a trilogy about a family of Franco-American women struggling with generational issues. .

In addition to winning the festival’s top prize for 2005, the production of “Caretakers” garnered the Best Director award for Bette Sartore and Best Actress awards for two of the three actresses in the cast.

The production also won awards and commendations in Anglesea, Mount Macedon and Kyneton, other venues in the Victorian festival circuit. It is estimated that more than 600 people in Australia saw the play this summer.

Roy is a professional writer, a former University of Maine writing instructor, an independent business consultant and a creativity coach. She has written several plays in recent years and is a member of the Creativity Coaching Association and the Dramatists Guild of America.

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