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Young Playwrights Festival at City Theatre Oct. 4 and 5


Last updated 9/16/2014 at 5:37am

City Theatre will present the 2014 Young Playwrights Festival, October 4 and 5 in City Theatre’s Hamburg Studio featuring original one-act plays written by select middle and high school playwrights from Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia.

The 15th annual festival showcases professional productions of six winning scripts chosen from more than 300 Young Playwrights Contest submissions.

This year’s festival will showcase diverse theatrical storytelling, imaginative plots, and vivid characters. Subjects tackled range from identity crisis in Barbie and Ken’s Dream House, to adventures with a psycho goose from outer space, to time travel via a magic bat, and more.

Featured middle school selections are:

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

Even Hippy Harry, expert on all things weird, can’t give twins Colin and Carrie the edge in their epic battle with a psycho alien goose. Is it possible the enemy is much closer to home?

The Bat Boy by Joseph Bornes, Sharpsville Area Middle School.

When Joey travels back in time to the 1960 World Series, he meets a surprise fellow time traveler who helps him get back to 2014, and teaches him a few lessons on family and friendship along the way.

Cologne by Michelle Do, North Hills Middle School.

Sophia, a musician, and Christian, a soldier, are newlyweds separated by the miles to Afghanistan. But combat training didn’t prepare Christian for the toughest assault he has to fight—a loss of memory, and not his own.

Featured high school selections are:

The Cellar by Casey Zadinski, South Fayette High School.

Derek and Annabel hardly know each other, but when they get locked in the cellar during a party, emotions rise to the surface as their darkest secrets come to light.

Conflict by Michael Kelly, Moon Area High School.

Arthur thinks his new story should be true to real, uneventful life. Montgomery, his publisher, thinks it needs action, structure, conflict. Is Montgomery asking the right questions? And what does it even matter?

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

When Barbie dreams she’s someone else, a crack appears in the foundation of the Dream House, forcing Barbie and Ken to reevaluate their status as the ideal couple.

The 2014 Young Playwrights Festival creative team includes: Steven Wilson, director; Carlyn Aquiline, literary manager and dramaturg; Kristen Link, director of education and accessibility; Tony Ferrieri, scenic consulting; Hannah Prochaska, costume; Regina Tvaruzek, lighting; Steve Shapiro, sound; Sabrina Hykes, props; and, Brad Peterson, projection consulting.

Dramaturgy for each play was done by: David Little, Attack of the Psycho Geese from Outer Space!; Heather Helinsky, The Bat Boy; Jeanne Drennan, Cologne; Tyler Crumrine, The Cellar; Annie DiMario, Conflict; and Olivia O’Connor ,Dream House.

In addition to producing the six winning plays, City Theatre will also feature readings of three plays that were selected as Young Playwrights Contest finalists. The readings will be performed at City Theatre on October 10 at 7 p.m. in the Hamburg Studio Theatre in collaboration with local university actors and directors from Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University, and the University of Pittsburgh. The finalists are:

Finalists include:

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

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

The Now by Daniel DiFabio, Washington High School.

The festival schedule is: Saturday, Oct. 4: 1 p.m. middle school performance and 6 p.m. high school performance; Sunday, Oct. 6: 1 p.m. high school performance and 6 p.m. middle school performance; and, Friday, Oct. 10: 7 p.m. performance reading of finalists’ plays.

Performances are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Performances include three middle or high school selections. Finalists’ Play Readings are free

City Theatre is located at 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.


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