Eight Western Pennsylvania students are winners of City Theatre's Young Playwrights Contest, which means their scripts will receive professional productions in City’s Hamburg Studio during the 14th annual Young Playwrights Festival Oct, 1-11.
The winning scripts from middle school students were "The Amazon: Race to the Cure," by Honesty and Hope LeGrande of Pittsburgh Arsenal; "Deck the Halls" by Lily Buchanan of Pittsburgh CAPA; and "What Are the Odds?" by Ariana Distler and Alayna Perrine of Sharpsville Middle School. High school selections were "Dial Tone" by Mayah El-Dehaibi of Pittsburgh CAPA; "Flicker" by Shea Minter of Shady Side Academy; and "Tame (This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven)" by Tyler Hudson of Pittsburgh CAPA.
The one-act plays were selected from 200 Young Playwrights Contest submissions. Students from middle and high schools in Western Pennsylvania are eligible to participate in the annual contest, which will expand to West Virginia next year. Each script is read by at least two members of the Literary Committee, comprised of 40 theater professionals, and all writers who submit scripts receive constructive criticism and encouraging suggestions for continued revisions.
The festival schedule, including performances and workshops, will be announced in late August.