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Playwrights Project Presents Plays by Young Writers

on February 24, 2014

Playwrights Project will produce its 29th annual festival of Plays by Young Writers at The Sheryl and Harvey White Stage in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe on March 6-16, 2014. The festival will feature winning scripts from its California Young Playwrights Contest for ages 18 and under.

Contest winners were selected from 165 submissions by students statewide. Four scripts will receive full professional productions, and five scripts will receive staged readings in this highly regarded festival of new voices.

All contest submissions were evaluated by theatre professionals who volunteered their time and expertise. Final Judges in the selection process included Deborah Salzer (Founder of Playwrights Project), Martin Benson (Founding Co-Artistic Director of South Coast Rep), Stephen Metcalfe (Director & Screenwriter of films like Pretty Woman and The Marrying Man), and Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre). Program Manager and Producer Derek Charles Livingston spearheaded the evaluation process, which focused on a sense of truth, imagination, fresh use of language, and grasp of dramatic structure. All contest participants who requested feedback received individualized written critiques.

The Festival is divided into Program A (for ages 11+) and Program B (for ages 16+). Each program includes two-to-three staged readings and two full productions. Two acting ensembles will present the two different programs, with actors playing multiple roles.

Program A

Directed by George Yé

Staged Readings

Pound by Matthew Maceda, Age 14, Rancho Peñasquitos

Mostly Perfect by Heidi Erwin, Age 13, Rancho Peñasquitos

A Perfect Home by Kirra McColl, Age 11, Leucadia

Full Productions

Fairy Tale by Devyn Krevat, Age 17, Carmel Valley

Thirty-Nine to Forty by Erica Myrmel, Age 15, Ocean Beach

Program B

Directed by Manny Fernandez

Staged Readings

The Island by Carly Cipriano, Age 14, Rancho Peñasquitos

Opposite Togetherness by Siobhan Snider, Age 14, Point Loma

Full Productions

Little Elephant by Isaac Dwyer, Age 16, Idyllwild

Nine Hours by Zoe Kamil, Age 17, San Francisco

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the Plays by Young Writers festival, visit http://www.playwrightsproject.org/PBYW or call (858) 384-2970. To find out more about the California Young Playwrights Contest, visit http://www.playwrightsproject.org/contest.htm.

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