Baltimore Center Stage: Young Playwrights Festival

Young Playwrights Festival


Young Playwrights Festival: Ball of Confusion

Illustration by Evangeline Gallagher

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

Friday, May 18 at 6:30pm in The Head Theater

The Young Playwrights Festival, a Baltimore Center Stage tradition for over 31 years, welcomed 10-minute play submissions from across the state of Maryland around this year's theme, "Ball of Confusion." Six young playwrights have been chosen to have their plays workshopped with professionals and then fully produced at Baltimore Center Stage in our newly renovated Head Theater. Four runners up will have in-school readings of their plays by professional actors.

This event is FREE with a $5 suggested donation. Seating is limited, and tickets are required.

Tickets are available here.

For more information about this and other Baltimore Center Stage Education Programs, call 410.986.4050 or email education@centerstage.org.


Young Playwrights Festival 2018

PLUTO PROBLEMS
By Kelly Durkin’s 2nd Grade Class, Hampstead Hill Academy

With a busted space heater and no relief in sight, life on Pluto can get cold, really cold. Unable to cope with the frigid temperatures inside their classroom, one adventurous group of students works together to crank up the heat.

 

MISINTERPRETED INTENTIONS
By Isabella Otterbein, Grade 8, The Greenmount School

In 2053, the government passes a life-changing new law that makes a life of secrets and lies the only option for those it targets. Will Ella and Zoey survive, or will their emotions betray them before they discover the truth?

 

UNTITLED (GUINEA PIG PLAY)
By Patrick Kirwin, Grade 11, Albert Einstein High School

Rufus knows from experience that people are not to be trusted. To keep them locked up, they’ve been fed a diet of lies about the outside world. Pablo, his roommate, thinks he’s just being paranoid, but Rufus is determined to escape and find out for himself. The truth is out there.

 

THE SHOW
By Tahjae Young, Grade 7, Sisters Academy

Ms. Kashia is hosting a talent show at her school. Aliyah, encouraged by her BFF Brandy, decides to show off her skills as a rapper. When her performance is met with laughter and Brandy is nowhere in sight, Aliyah plots her revenge.

 

DISPLACED
By Julianna Gross, Grade 11, Sherwood High School

Jodie lives her life by the numbers. When her father falls ill, she naturally retreats into her world of logic and mathematics. Sometimes, the longest journey is just a few steps down the hall.

 

THE CONFUSING WAY OF LOVE
By Stella Kalambihis’ Life Skills Class, National Academy Foundation

Outside of The Perkins Homes in Baltimore, a group of rowdy children have gathered to make mischief on Halloween night. Old Bob Stevens, his equally ancient next-door neighbor, and her sharp-toothed pitbull Roxy have other plans. Madness ensues. Can love save the day?

 

NEW THIS YEAR!
Come early and experience new festival events beginning at 5pm. The film and the immersive theater pieces will loop and repeat:

Gary Be Unlucky: A short documentary film of a play written by students of the Lab School

The Last Meal and Ikea Kingdom: Two immersive theater pieces developed by students of the Montessori Public Charter School


About YPF

  • The Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) has been our flagship education program for over 31 years.
  • We have our own terrific curriculum—full of playful exercises to help students create.
  • At the start of the school year, we embed our professional teaching artists in partner schools across the state of Maryland.
  • In six sessions, our professional teaching artist will lead your class of up to 25 students through the play-writing process; producing short plays that can be submitted to the annual Young Playwrights Festival competition.
  • Students in grades 1-12 are given tools to communicate their ideas, develop characters, write dialogue, and shape their stories.
  • Classroom teachers find new ways to engage students in writing.
  • In January, we invite and receive hundreds of play submissions from participants in our residencies, and many more from students across the state.
  • Every submitting playwright is sent constructive feedback.
  • In the spring, up to 5 plays are chosen to receive a professional production at Baltimore Center Stage.
  • All Young Playwrights Festival honorees are assigned a mentor to help them refine and edit their scripts before the plays are presented.
  • YPF is aligned with Common Core Learning Standards in ELA. 
  • YPF residencies require a school partnership agreement, and close collaboration with a classroom teacher.

Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) Residency Program

BRING A YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL RESIDENCY TO YOUR SCHOOL!

In six sessions, our professional teaching artist will lead your class of up to 25 students through the playwriting process; producing short plays that can be submitted to the annual Young Playwrights Festival competition.

Only $800 per YPF residency (8 sessions)

FREE YPF RESIDENCIES FOR BALTIMORE CITY AND BALTIMORE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
A limited number of Young Playwrights Festival Residencies are offered FREE to under-resourced public schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, by application.

APPLY NOW!

To bring a YPF Teaching Artist to your classroom, or to apply for a YPF school scholarship, please complete the online application form.

To learn more about YPF, email education@centerstage.org or call 410.986.4051.

YPF residencies are offered, in part, through a contract with VSA Kennedy Center. 

 

SUPPORT FROM:

The Kennedy Center VSA

 

 

 

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