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California Young Playwrights Contest Winner–Zoe Kamil

on February 24, 2014

Zoe Kamil

Zoe Kamil is a student at Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Inspired by her fascination with the dichotomy of “attending a religious high school in one of the most liberal cities in the world,” she wrote the play Nine Hours. This play follows the last two people on earth — transgendered Faye and the orthodox Jew Michal — as they set out on a journey of desperation, faith, acceptance, and strength.

How did you first get involved with writing? 

I can’t remember a time when I haven’t written. In tenth grade, I took a beginning playwriting course at school and absolutely fell in love with the form.

How did you come up with the idea of your script?

My script is a direct reflection of the environment I spend my school days in. As an atheist attending a Jewish high school in a ultra-liberal city, I wanted to write something about the necessary and often uncomfortable struggle that occurs when very different kinds of people have to survive in close quarters.

What themes are involved in your piece?

Above all else, my piece is about empathy, tolerance, and ultimately acceptance.

What is the message you hope the audience takes away with them?

I want audiences to walk out of the theatre with increased faith in the power of honest conversation and open-mindedness.

Do you plan to continue writing?

I have absolutely caught the playwriting bug throughout high school, and am pursuing a college degree in playwriting and theatre production in New York City next year.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I hope to be working in the world of theatre as a producer, director, or playwright someday. I’m also fascinated by theatre management. We’ll see!

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the Plays by Young Writers festival, visit or call (858) 384-2970. To find out more about the California Young Playwrights Contest, visit


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