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California Young Playwrights Contest Winner–Matthew Maceda

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.

Matthew Maceda

Matthew Maceda

Coffee, Cream, & Closure

By Matthew Maceda

Age 15, Torrey Highlands

Directed by George Yé

Coffee, Cream, and Closure was written by Matthew Maceda, who attends Westview High School. The play examines how we look at death, as a young business woman reconnects with her deceased father through the help of a medium she meets at a coffee shop. At age 15, this is Matthew’s first year competing in the older division of the contest, after winning readings three years in a row in the younger division. (Read his previous interview here: https://sandiegoplaywrights.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/california-young-playwrights-contest-winner-matthew-maceda/) Founder Deborah Salzer is serving as writing mentor/dramaturg, supporting the playwright in further developing his play.

How did you first get involved with writing?

I was introduced to Playwrights Project when the organization did a residency program in my sixth grade class. Once the program finished, my writing partner and I decided to submit our script into the California Young Playwrights Contest. We ended up winning that year, and since then I’ve never wanted to stop being involved with Playwrights Project.

What themes are involved in your piece?

My play focuses mainly on people’s perception of death and the unbreakable bond between us and the ones we love.

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

I hope that the audience recognizes that the connection we have with our loved ones doesn’t end after they die. Also, I would like the audience to remember the importance of cherishing family and friends.

Do you plan to continue writing?

Absolutely! I have so many potential ideas that I think would make fantastic plays.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m torn between being a screenplay writer, environmental planner, and professional soccer player.

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–Matthew Maceda

  1. […] Coffee, Cream, and Closure was written by Matthew Maceda, who attends Westview High School. The play examines how we look at death, as a young business woman reconnects with her deceased father through the help of a medium she meets at a coffee shop. At age 15, this is Matthew’s first year competing in the older division of the contest, after winning readings three years in a row in the younger division. Founder Deborah Salzer will serve as writing mentordramaturg, supporting the playwright in further developing his play. https://sandiegoplaywrights.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/california-young-playwrights-contest-winner-mat… […]

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