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California Young Playwrights Contest Winner–Ke’Ona

on December 2, 2014

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Playwrights Project will produce its 30th annual festival of Plays by Young Writers at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe on January 22 – February 1, 2015. The festival will feature winning scripts from its California Young Playwrights Contest for ages 18 and under.

Contest winners were selected from 581 plays submitted by students from across the state. Four scripts will receive full professional productions, and four scripts will receive staged readings in this highly regarded festival of new voices.

Ke'Ona

Ke’Ona

Light                       

By Ke’Ona

Age 17, Escondido

Directed by Rosina Reynolds

Light was written by Ke’Ona, who took part in our playwriting program co-taught by her classroom teacher Ms. Ramirez and Playwrights Project Executive Director Cecelia Kouma. Ke’Ona’s play is about an African American teen living with her grandmother in kinship care, struggling with racial prejudice, a family that resents her, and a boyfriend with a dangerous lifestyle. The playwright is working with writing mentor Monique Gaffney, who performed the play during class sessions along with other Playwrights Project actors, who read the students’ plays aloud and discussed possible revisions with the playwrights and returned on the final day of classes to perform finished plays for students and invited guests.

How did you first get involved with writing?

I got involved with writing when I was in sixth grade and one of my elective classes was expressive writing. Ever since then I’ve always used writing as a coping method and to express myself.

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

My English teacher Ms. Ramirez told us to write about a subject that’s important to you and how it affected your life. So I thought, my family’s important to me and so is the social conflict that is constant in the black community.

What themes are involved in your piece?

In my play I have themes that include family dynamic, teenage drug use, the light skin and dark skin issue in the black community, sibling relationships, and dating relationships that push age boundaries.

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

I hope the audience is enlightened on the social issues within the play and are able to relate to the dialogue and situations.

Do you plan to continue writing?

Absolutely. Writing has always been a part of my life and I hope to grow as a writer through the Playwrights Project process.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a child psychologist and help children with learning disabilities.

For more information and reservations, please contact Playwrights Project at (858) 384-2970 or write@playwrightsproject.org. Visit http://www.playwrightsproject.org.

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One response to “California Young Playwrights Contest Winner–Ke’Ona

  1. […] Light was written by Ke’Ona, who took part in our playwriting program co-taught by her classroom teacher Ms. Ramirez and Playwrights Project Executive Director Cecelia Kouma. Ke’Ona’s play is about an African American teen living with her grandmother in kinship care, struggling with racial prejudice, a family that resents her, and a boyfriend with a dangerous lifestyle. The playwright will work with writing mentor Monique Gaffney, who performed the play during class sessions. Actors visited the class midway through the residency to read the students’ plays aloud and discuss possible revisions with the playwrights, and returned on the final day of classes to perform finished plays for students and invited guests. https://sandiegoplaywrights.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/california-young-playwrights-contest-winner-keo… […]

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