Current Playwriting Competition Winner

The 2014 Panowski Playwriting Award winner is A Paper Tiger in the Rain written by David J. Swanson. Congratulations, David!

A Paper Tiger in the Rain - Sep. 30 - Oct. 11

James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre

By David J. Swanson
Directed by Paul Truckey

Nathan has just been promoted to his dream job; Editor-in-Chief of the Willow Falls Beacon Telegraph.  He soon learns that the newspaper is in financial trouble. His predecessor hires Ben, a young blogger with a lack of reverence for the newspaper industry. Nathan holds Ben in contempt though asks him to write for the newspaper’s website. As the newspaper’s financial picture worsens, Nathan is faced with saving his beloved newspaper and winning the heart of his newly widowed former flame.  Before it’s over, Ben will help Nathan through a painful lesson about waiting for impossible dreams and depending on false promises.

About the Playwright:

David J. Swanson is a playwright having written the award winning play A Paper Tiger in the Rain.  He is also the author of the novel The Julian Ark: A Madison Dawn Adventure and Theatre for Church: Vol 1, a collection of short sketches.  He is a Featured Author for and freelances for  Having found his love for theater while in college, he began writing several years later and transitioned from actor to writer and director.  In his free time he also is an avid guitar player, private pilot, and maker of short films.  In 2010 he produced Mission to Ethiopia: Tikempt Ishet, a documentary about his sister’s time in down country Ethiopia.

His works professionally as an aerospace engineer in Wichita, KS, where he lives with his lovely wife and son.  Visit him at

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