YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS' WRITING CONTEST & FESTIVAL 2021

Actors' Theatre's Young Playwright's Festival reached out to middle and high schools throughout a wide Monterey Bay Area. We are always excited to read what young writers are creating as they grow and develop their craft and love of theatre. This year, because live performance has been at a halt, we are happy to present these works to you on Zoom Forward and Actors' Theatre Radio Hour on KSQD, as well as Summer streaming and inclusion in the 8 Tens@8 Festival in  January, 2022. 

THE WINNERS ARE...

The following two winning plays will be presented on the Actors' Theatre Radio Hour on KSQD 90.7 FM, JUNE 20th at 9 PM

 

OCEAN DISASTER

by Julien Jacklin - Georgiana Bruce Kirby School

Directed by Andrew Ceglio

Cast: Davis Banta, Avondina Wills, John Chandler, Andrew Ceglio, Dave Kramer-Urner.

Ocean Disaster is a Sci-Fi mystery romp – a one-act comedy with five strange characters, set in an advanced underwater research facility, sometime in the near future.

 

MOTHER & DAUGHTER

by Lila-Rose Roberts - Georgiana Bruce Kirby School

Directed by Joyce Michaelson

Cast: Lila Robers, Lillian Bogovich, and Kristin Brownstone

A teenager struggles with getting her mother to address a serious family issue.

The following three winning plays will be presented on Zoom Forward, JUNE 25th at 5 PM

presented in partnership with BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ and PHREN-Z online literary magazine.

Hosted by Hannah Hutton

 

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

by Ryan Holderup - Georgiana Bruce Kirby School

Directed by Robin Aronson

Cast: Nathan Woodward and Finn Vannerus

The death of a beloved dog brings together two estranged friends.  The loss of the dog provides a mirror for looking at the loss of their friendship. 

 

INTERNAL THOUGHTS - MY CRAFT

by Meghan Kearney, Brigette Vance - Soquel High

Directed by Luis R. Leonor

Cast: TBA

A girl sits at her Grandma’s funeral conflicted between staying and leaving to buy a book from the school book fair. She knows she should stay, but this book calls for her attention and the choice brings her more and more anxiety. Is this a selfish choice or is the book linked to her grandma and will help her cope with her loss?

IMPERFECT

by Acacia Neuburger, Emma Power-Perkins, Adessa Lewis – San Lorenzo Valley Nature Academy

Directed by Robin Aronson

Cast: Kaitlyn Johnson and Madelene Farias

Alice sneaks into her older sister’s room and rummages through her things.  Lauren finds her there and insists on knowing what Alice is looking for.  What starts out as a conflict becomes an opportunity for the sisters to give and receive support and encouragement. 

The following winning play will be presented as a  film production on Zoom in summer 2021

 

TOGETHER AT LAST

by Stella Pfefferkonn - San Lorenzo Valley Nature Academy

Directed by Joyce Michaelson

Cast: Olivia Chester and Spike Wong

A fairytale-like story of a childhood friendship that lasts a lifetime despite unthinkable circumstances.

The following winning play will be presented as part of  the 8 Tens @ Short Play Festival in January 2022

 

GONE

by AJ Davey Ouse - Soquel High

Directed by Andrew Ceglio

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