Winners of the annual NVTA one-act play festival in Reston were announced Sunday, with the Castaways Repertory Theatre of Woodbridge capturing the top award for best overall production.
Castaways won for its performance of "Bitter Sauce," a comedy by Eric Bogosian. The play's director, Mary-Anne Sullivan, garnered the best director award.
The Reston Community Players won best production of an original play for "Harvest Moon," a drama by Deb Crawford.
This year's festival was the 24th for the NVTA, formerly called the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance. The festival, which ran during two weekends earlier this month and ended Sunday with the award ceremony, was launched as a showcase for Northern Virginia's community theater groups.
NVTA's members include some 40 companies from the Washington area. This year's festival, held at the Reston Community Center's CenterStage theater, featured 14 plays from 11 of those groups. The other winners:
Best actor: Ted Schneider, "Perfectly Good Airplanes," an original drama by Stephen LaRocque, performed by Silver Spring Stage.
Best actress: Ellen Cribs, "Lovers," a drama by Brian Friel, performed by the Pied Piper Theatre, Manassas.
Best supporting actor: Nicholas Ruley, "The Perfect Son," an original comedy by Sara Joy Leibowitz, performed by Castaways Repertory Theatre, Woodbridge.
Best supporting actress: Sarah Daisy Split, "Blackmail," an original drama by Alex Fraser, performed by Rockville Little Theatre.
Judges' discretionary awards
* Best original script: LaRocque, "Perfectly Good Airplanes."
* Best ensemble performance: "The Guys," a drama by Anne Nelson performed by Tapestry Theatre Company, Alexandria.
* Best original score in a production: Deb Crawford and Herb Tax, "Harvest Moon" from Harvest Moon.