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Booth wins Minnesota Shorts Play Festival spot

Bemidji author-playwright Roy C. Booth has won a spot in the Minnesota Shorts Play Festival.

Booth's one-act zombie comedy, "How to Make a Brain Souffle," will be performed Friday, Sept. 10, at the Fitzgerald Little Theater in Mankato, Minn. Fourteen short plays will be performed in the two-day festival Sept. 9 and 10.

More than 100 qualifying plays from playwrights from all over the United States and Canada were submitted for the cash prize performance festival.

Tickets to the festival at the door are $10 or $9 in advance. A two-day advance pass is $15. Tickets for senior citizens and college students are $9 at the door or $8 in advance, and $14 for a two-day advance pass. Visit for details.

"How to Make a Brain Souffle" was originally a short story published in the Minnesota horror magazine "Necrotic Tissue" written by Canadian author Justin Pilon, who is currently teaching English as a second language in Taiwan. "Necrotic Tissue" Editor R. Scott McCoy, a former Bemidji resident and Bemidji High School graduate, had contracted Booth last year to pick four short stories from the magazine's first eight issues to convert into one-act plays. Booth chose and adapted "How to Make a Brain Souffle" into a play by adding additional characters, situations and dialogue, and submitted it to the contest as well.

The play will be published by Stygian Publications as part of the play collection "Necrotic Tissue Presents: Three Zombies and a Demon," which will be in print in time for Halloween.

Booth, who has 49 published plays with more than 660 productions in 27 countries, is the owner/manager of Roy's Comics & Games of Downtown Bemidji.