Teen Writers’ Plays Will Come Alive in Playwrights Project’s 38th Season

| January 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

Playwrights Project will present its 38th Annual Plays by Young Writers Festival showcasing new scripts written by youth across California. This year’s Festival will be presented in-person to the public at the Salvation Army’s Joan B. Kroc Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 28. 

San Diego student Ell Banoub, age 12, receives honors for his script “The Santa Heist.” Photo courtesy of Daren Scott.

Playwrights Project’s Executive Director Cecelia Kouma said, “Plays by Young Writers offers young playwrights a rewarding opportunity to work alongside professional theatre artists to stage their writing. The four plays featured this season explore cultural identity, the pressure of pursuing one’s talents, the impact of grief and injustice of war, and defining ourselves beyond the labels others give us. These talented young writers offer insights and perspectives that will entertain and inspire audiences of all ages.”

This year’s scripts were written by four young writers between the ages of 13 and 17. Each of these young writers is a winner of Playwrights Project’s California Young Playwrights Contest, and their plays will be featured in Playwrights Project’s 38th annual Plays by Young Writers Festival, sponsored by the Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund and U.S. Bank. Contest winners were selected from 228 scripts submitted by students from across the state. Three scripts will receive full professional productions and one script will receive a staged reading.

Selection criteria focused on creative ideas, intriguing and authentic characters, original use of language, a story that is revealed through dialogue and action, producibility online, and a script that would benefit from further development in the production process. All contest participants who requested feedback received individualized written critiques.

For tickets and more information, visit www.playwrightsproject.org/productions/pbyw.

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