Get Your Tickets for the 31st Annual Festival of Plays by Young Writers

Playwrights Project will produce its 31st annual festival of Plays by Young Writers, sponsored by the Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund, at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe on January 22-31. The festival will feature winning scripts from its California Young Playwrights Contest for ages 18 and under.

Contest winners were selected from 269 plays submitted by students from across the state. Four scripts will receive full professional productions, and two scripts will receive staged readings in this highly regarded festival of new voices.

Program A (for ages 11 and up) includes full productions directed by Ruff Yeager. “Fronteras Hechas del Dinero” was written by Jennifer Curiel, age 18, from Fallbrook. Money is the border between Sofia’s dreams and her family’s needs. “Quarter Cup” by Lani Kording, age 17, from Costa Mesa. Coping with chaos, Mitzi risk failing school. Or is school failing Mitzi? A staged reading, directed by Chelsea Kaufman, of “ Daisy’s Journey” by Sydney Alper, age 11, of Rancho Peñasquitos A sun-deprived daisy seeks to find the warmth she needs.

Program B (for ages 13 and up) includes full productions directed by George Yé. “The Acquittal” by Emly Midgley, age 16, of Carmel Valley. Hidden forces ensure blind compliance in a futuristic society. “The Tangible Tollbooth” by Alara Magritte Slonaker, age 17, from San Mateo. Modernization threatens the seemingly ordinary lives of tollbooth workers on the Golden Gate Bridge. A staged reading directed by Chelsea Kaufman of “The Secret of Adventure by Koushiki Bhattacharya,” age 12, of Rancho Peñasquitos. A puppy chooses between a life of freedom and her comfortable home.

Public performances will be held on Saturday, January 23 – 7:30 PM – Opening Night (four full productionsno readings); Friday, January 29 – 7:30 PM – Program B; Saturday, January 30 – 2:00 PM – Program B; Saturday, January 30 – 7:30 PM – Program A; and Sunday, January 31 – 2:00 PM – Program A.

Opening Night features the four Full Productions and includes a post-performance reception. Proceeds help support Playwrights Project. If you have a gift certificate please call to redeem. Gift certificates are not available for use online. Weekday matinees (10am) are primarily booked with school groups, with limited availability for the general public. Please call (858) 384-2970 to check availability. Please note that online ticket sales end twelve hours prior to the performance. After this time, remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the theatre.

The Mission of Playwrights Project is to advance literacy, creativity, and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions.

Playwrights Project is a nonprofit organization devoted to arts education. Founded in 1985, Playwrights Project reaches up to 10,000 people annually through programs proven to teach the power of spoken and written language, nurture promising young writers, develop theatre artists and audiences, and honor older individuals by dramatizing their life stories.

Along with classroom programs, Playwrights Project conducts the annual California Young Playwrights Contest for writers under the age of 19, and professionally produces the winning scripts. Programs also dramatize stories from the lives of seniors, foster youth, and underserved populations and support the development of emerging playwrights. Playwrights Project collaborates with many organizations in San Diego County. They have created major programs with Anaheim Union High School District; Escondido Union High School District; San Diego City Library; San Diego Unified School District; San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services; San Diego Youth and Community Services; and Sweetwater Union School District.

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