Young Playwrights Festival
Center Stage is pleased to announce the honorees for the 30th Annual Young Playwrights Festival, a yearly competition that invites student playwrights in kindergarten through 12th grade in Maryland to submit their original works. The winning playwrights will be honored with workshops, in-school performances, and select pieces staged at the Annual Young Playwrights Festival performance this spring at Towson University’s Center for the Arts.
The 30th Annual Young Playwrights Festival was held Monday, May 2, 2016, 7 pm at Towson University
“We received more than 600 entries from all over the state for this year’s festival,” said Rosiland Cauthen, director of Center Stage’s Department of Community Programs & Education, which presents the festival each year. “There is so much creativity pouring out of these young people. It was very hard to choose plays that would be staged for this year’s festival, but we’re excited to bring to life these exceptional stories.”
2016 Young Playwrights Festival Honorees
The Worry Keeper
Grade 4, The GreenMount School, Baltimore City
Sumi’s list of worries is 13 worries long, but with the help
of her worry dolls Alexa and Brea, she whittles that tally down to just a few
until… they reach the most worrisome worry of them all.
Soldiers or Princesses
Grade 7, Sisters Academy, Baltimore City
Fed up with being told to “go play with dollies,” Harmony
designs a secret plan—and a secret identity—to fight the ethos that prevents
the girls and boys in her neighborhood from playing together.
The Veteran’s Son
Grade 8, Harford Day School, Baltimore County
The effects of war can be detrimental not only to the
soldiers themselves, but also to the families they return home to. In this
moving and topical play, we see how the PTSD of a soldier returning home from
war affects those closest to him.
Enlightenment in Skyzone
Grade 11, Centennial High School, Howard County
Never. Stop. Jumping. These are words to live by—both in
trampoline park Skyzone and in pursuit of the American dream. Longtime Skyzone
employee Joseph has doubts about his future, his drive, and social Darwinism,
but his doubts are assuaged when the best capitalist in all of American history
makes an appearance.
Hannah Bauer, Anastasia Strouboulis, & Meredith Riley
Grade 12, Dulaney High School, Baltimore County
Ten years of training to increase his hot sauce tolerance is
about to pay off when man-boy runs into his one true love from middle school,
Margot Lorraine Schnozenheimer. He is confident that now—unlike all those years
ago in middle school—he will be able to drink a bottle of Sriracha in one
sitting and capture Margot’s heart.
What Actually Happened in the Purse
Grade 4, The Odyssey School, Baltimore County
As you go through your day, have you ever wondered what goes
through the minds of your cell phone and chapstick as they are jostled about?
When their home is carelessly dropped onto the floor and they are left to fend
for themselves in this cold, cold world, we find out…What Actually Happened in the Purse.
Billy’s Troublesome Name
Grade 5, Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore
Little half-worm, half-caterpillar Billy Wonky-Grass hates
his name, but there is a law in the Manual of Bugs that no bug is allowed to
alter his moniker. Undeterred, Billy squirms to the Manual-maker’s house in
what he hopes will a successful bid to change the laws—and his name.
The Robot Bodyguard
Grade 6, Baltimore Lab School, Baltimore City
The time of Robots walking among us is no longer confined to
our imaginations—it is here. What will happen when a less-than-perfect
politician hires an ambitious and cunning…Robot Bodyguard?
Ethan Van Orden
A Tale of Four Kitties
Grade 8, The GreenMount School, Baltimore County
Inheritance brings out the worst in everyone, and the
members of the Vjord family are no exception. But, as our washed-up emcee
explains in this quirky family dramedy—not to be confused with hit Broadway
musical Cats—not everything is as it
Grade 8, Harford Day School, Harford County
Ira is surprised to find that the cruel rules of popularity
at her new retirement home are disconcertingly similar to those governing
middle-school cliques. While she is learning to navigate this new social
landscape, an explosion at the therapy pool propels all the residents to
question their loyalties as they solve the mystery of who detonated Thelma.
Grade 11, Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School, Montgomery
They used to do parties—"wedding receptions” they were
called—with music and food. But now, coupling has become a sterile and
state-controlled process. Through small acts of rebellion, Kenneth and Brynne
forge a tenuous companionship, but that defiance puts them at greater risk with
each passing day.
Grade 12, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick
Though pining for each other, David and April find
themselves on diverging paths at the end of high school. The expressive score
for this musical explores the complicated journeys of love, loss, and how we
deal with them.
Grade 12, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick
The Emotional Enhancing medicine is a marvel!—a
revolution!—a necessity!—the invention of the century! But this controlled
substance also has a darker side: one of addiction, deception, and emptiness.
Young and privileged Eloise seems to have her act together, but can she handle
the pressure of being a good role model to her younger brother, the feeling of
rejection from her mother’s apathy, and the attention from her new friend
For more information, contact the Community Programs & Education Department at 410.986.4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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