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Senior Martin Prevost won the 12th-annual Student Playwriting Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Playwrights Project, the Department of Theatre and the Theatre Arts Board. A public reading of Prevost’s one-act play, “Deeper Meaning,” will take place at 7:30 p.m., May 6 in the Experimental Theatre in the Fredric March Theatre Building, 926 Woodland Ave.

Prevost’s play was chosen from a host of other plays submitted earlier in the spring semester. “Deeper Meaning” is about an English professor who has verbal combat with one of his students concerning the meaning of one of Robert Browning’s poems.

The annual playwriting contest awards the winner with a rehearsed public reading, $100 and a framed commemorative certificate. This is the second time Prevost has won the contest.

The Playwrights Project has been responsible for 17 public readings in the last 12 years. A public reading is usually the first step for a playwright — en route to a full production.  One of the winning plays from the past was later read at the Kennedy Center.