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City Theatre releases names of winners of Young Playwrights


City Theatre has announced the six Young Playwrights Contest winners who will develop their scripts in collaboration with professional theatre artists—a director, dramaturgs, and actors—for productions in City Theatre’s Hamburg Studio during the 15th annual Young Playwrights Festival, September 30 – October 10, 2014.

The Middle School Winners include:

Attack of the Psycho Geese from Outer Space! by Weston Custer, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12;

The Bat Boy, by Joseph Bornes, Sharpsville Middle School; and

Cologne, by Michelle Do, North Hills Middle School.

High School Winners:

The Cellar, by Casey Zadinski, South Fayette High School;

Conflict, by Michael Kelly, Moon Area High School; and,

Dream House, by Drew Praskovich, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12.

In addition to producing the six winning plays, City Theatre will also feature readings of three plays selected as Young Playwrights Contest finalists, as follows:

Catch That Bird; by Brenda Nicole Dressel, Canon-McMillan High School;

God Hates Pancakes, by Madeline Smith, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12; and,

The Now, by Daniel DiFabio, Washington High School.

The winning and finalist one-act plays were selected from a record 305 Young Playwrights Contest submissions. Students from middle and high schools in Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia are eligible to participate.

Each script is read by at least two members of the Literary Committee, comprised of 60 theatre professionals from across the United States. All writers who submit scripts receive constructive criticism and encouraging suggestions for continued revisions.

“Young Playwrights encourages student writers to make their voices heard and to take ownership of their work in a professional, artistic environment,” says Kristen Link, City Theatre’s director of education and accessibility. “Through our playwriting program, students not only learn a new craft, but also discover different ways to think critically, connect with their peers, and form valuable networks within the local theatre industry.”

This October, City Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival will showcase diverse theatrical storytelling, including identity crisis in Barbie and Ken’s Dream House, adventures with a psycho goose from outer space, and more. Subjects tackled range from sports and time travel to alcoholism and death in combat, with imaginative stage directions and vivid characters throughout.

Young Playwrights Festival tickets will go on sale September 2, online at or by phone at 412-431-CITY (2489). The full festival schedule will be announced.


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