Plays by Young Writers
Our 29th season of winning plays from the
2013 California Young Playwrights Contest

March 6-16, 2014
The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe

Plays by Young Writers is produced by the Playwrights Project in association with The Old Globe.

The intriguing scripts presented in our 29th season of Plays by Young Writers
spring from the imaginations of playwrights under age 19, the winners of our California Young Playwrights Contest. Scripts are evaluated in two age groups - winners age 14 and under receive readings, while writers age 15-18 work with Playwrights Project to stage full productions of their scripts.
The older playwrights spend months on revision, guided first by writing professionals and later by questions from the artists mounting the plays. Adult audiences are moved by the sophisticated ideas on the minds of teenage writers and students are intrigued by characters grappling with conflicts much like their own.


Program A
Directed by George Ye
(Recommended for ages 11+)

Full Productions

Fairy Tale
By Devyn Krevat
Age 17, San Diego
A narrator fights for control as his
characters highjack the story.

Thirty-nine to Forty
By Erica Myrmel
Age 15, San Diego
Aaagh! John's turning the big 4-0!
Can he skate past unscathed?

Staged Readings

By Matthew Maceda
Age 14, San Diego
Some dogs know it's a "ruff" life.

Mostly Perfect
By Heidi Erwin
Age 13, San Diego
In a perfect world, senior Ralph Baker rebels to feel alive.

A Perfect Home
By Kirra McColl
Age 11, Encinitas
Will they change the course of each other's lives?

Program B
Directed by Manny Fernandes
(Recommended for ages 16+)

Full Productions

Little Elephant
By Isaac Dwyer
Age 16, Idyllwild
Our strongest binds are
the ones we imagine.

Nine Hours
By Zoe Kamil
Age 17, San Francisco
What if the last two people on Earth
have nothing in common.

Staged Readings

The Island
By Carly Cipriano
Age 14, San Diego
Will the quirky hermit help rescue shipwrecked sailor?

Opposite Togetherness
By Siobhan Snider
A reclusive old woman meets her opposite... or is he?

Program B has langage and themes that may not
be suitable for children under the age of 16.

Press Coverage

Del Mar Times, Feature by Kristina Houck
Accomplished Carmel Valley teenís writing career continues to flourish

Del Mar Times, Preview
Carmel Valley studentís winning script to be produced at Playwrights Project festival

Encinitas Patch, Feature by Deanne Goodman
11-Year-Old Leucadia Girl Wins Script Writing Contest to Have Play Read at the Old Globe

SDGLN, Review by Jean Lowerison
THEATER REVIEW: "Plays by Young Writers" at The Old Globe

San Diego Theatre Reviews, Interview of Program A Playwrights by Kathy Carpenter
Interviews - Encouraging Young Writers

San Diego Theatre Reviews, Review of Program B by Kristin Fogle
Playwrights Project's Contest Winners Showcase Their Stories

U-T San Diego, Preview by Jim Hebert
Young writers find a home onstage - Playwrights Project festival returns to the Old Globe as it marks 29th season

U-T San Diego, Review by Jim Hebert
'Young Writers' fest a growth experience - Opening of contest-winners' plays reveals mature, empathetic voices

Vanguard Culture, Feature by Susanna Hernandez Peredo
Cause of the Quarter

Schedule of Plays by Young Writers







 Mar. 6

10am Program A

Mar. 7

10am Program B

Mar. 8

Opening Night*

All 4 full productions


Mar. 11

10am Program A

Mar. 12

10am Program A

Mar. 13

10am Program A

7:30 pm
Program B

Mar. 14

10am Program A

7:30pm Program B

Mar. 15

Program B

Program A

Mar. 16

Program A


View the Plays by Young Writers Press Release

Playwrights Project is grateful to the underwriters of this year's New Play Festival:

City of San Diego's Commission for Arts & Culture

Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust


With additional support from...

Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation
Community Service Association
San Diego Unified School District
Kiwanis Club of La Jolla
Kiwanis Club of Old San Diego
National Endowment for the Arts
ResMed Foundation
Torrey Pines Bank

We also thank the many theatre professionals and judges who helped critique the plays in this year's Contest.

Final Judges

Martin Benson
South Coast Repertory Theatre Artistic Director

Stephen Metcalfe
Playwright and Screenwriter

Deborah Salzer
Playwrights Project Founder

Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg
Artistic Director, MOXIE Theatre





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