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It started in 1989 with a dream and a man who loved to laugh . . .


The McLaren Competition is currently on hiatus. There are no submissions being taken at this time.

Mike McLaren, a long-time MCT volunteer and Permian Basin celebrity, loved a good comedy—whether he was onstage or in the front row. To honor his memory, Mike’s theatre family created a script competition to encourage playwrights to create new comedy scripts suitable for production in community theatre. Since 1989, over 2000 plays have been entered. Authors have come from almost every state in the Union, and a dozen countries. Many Finalists have published their scripts or been produced by other theatres in the US and abroad!

Every August finalists from the competition are presented in Mabee Theatre II as reader theatre productions. The afternoon event allows those in attendance a chance to vote for their favorite and select the winner for the competition.


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