Plays by Young Writers

Our 30th season of winning plays from the
2014 California Young Playwrights Contest

January 22 - February 1, 2015
The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe

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

Program A

Recommended for Ages 11+


Coffee, Cream, & Closure

By Matthew Maceda
Age 15, Torrey Highlands
Directed by George Yé
Meeting a medium in a coffee shop leads to a miracle for Felicia.

Crown Prince Crazy

By Alberto Cordova
Age 18, Escondido
Directed by George Yé
Mexico or USA? Family or alone? Boy or man? Decide now!?


Best Friend Mistakes

By Donya Sharifi
Age 12, Rancho Peñasquitos
Directed by Erika Phillips
Harry missed his best friend’s birthday party. Dude! Not cool.

One Magical Day

By Tricia Mendoza
Age 14, Rancho Peñasquitos
Directed by Erika Phillips
A fairy godmother, a mysterious woman, and a magical potion.

Program A Cast Francisco Brambila, Veronica Burgess, Zion Dyson, Eduardo Garcia, Virginia Gregg, Kimberly King, Dylan Nalbandian, Miguel Padilla, John Polak, Arnica Skulstad Brown, Reed Willard

Program B

Recommended for Ages 16+



By Ke'Ona
Age 17, Escondido
Directed by Rosina Reynolds
Danielle must shine a light on the truth to find her self-worth.

From Another House

By Eliana Pipes
Age 17, Altadena
Directed by Rosina Reynolds
Lena’s first meeting with her father and his family sparks a discovery.


With Your Own Eyes

By Sol Manuel Garza
Age 14, San Marcos
Directed by Derek Livingston
Is an uncle's love stronger than cords plugging Trey into the grid?

She Remembers

By Jerusha Israel
Age 13, Rancho Peñasquitos
Directed by Derek Livingston
Two octogenarians fight for memory and to be remembered.

Program B Cast Marshall Anderson, Whitney Brianna Thomas, Kimberly King, Aliyah Malcom, Eric Poppick, Saverina Scopelleti, Alexandra Slade, John Tessmer, Aaron Winey


Festival Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jan. 22
Program A
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Jan. 23
Program B
Jan. 24
Opening Night*
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Jan. 25
Jan. 26
Jan. 27
Program A
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Jan. 28
Program A
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Jan. 29
Program B
Jan. 30
Program A
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Jan. 31
Program B
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Feb. 1
Program A
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*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.

Ticket Prices

Individual Tickets $25
Student $20
Senior (65+) $20
Military $20
School Groups of 10 or More $10
Other Groups of 10 or More $15
Opening Night* $60

Please call (858) 384-2970 for group bookings.


George Ye Director - Program A Full Productions
Rosina Reynolds Director - Program B Full Productions
Erika Phillips Director - Program A Staged Readings
Derek Livingston Director - Program B Staged Readings
Aleta Barthell Dramaturg - From Another House
Monique Gaffney Dramaturg - Light
Derek Livingston Dramaturg - With Your Own Eyes
Jessica Ordon Dramaturg - Crown Prince Crazy
Deborah Salzer Dramaturg - Coffee, Cream, & Closure
Tiffany Tang Dramaturg - She Remembers
Rachael VanWormer Dramaturg - One Magical Day & Best Friend Mistakes
Sharon Strich Production Stage Manager
Alina Bokovikova Costume Design
Melanie Chen Sound Design
Arianna Ibanez Assistant Costume Design
Sherrice Mojgani Lighting Design
Timothy Nottage Scenic Design
Mark Robertson Technical Director
Angelica Ynfante Properties Design

Press Coverage

San Diego Playwrights: Interviews with the Playwrights (December 2, 2014)
Program A: Matthew MacedaAlberto CordovaDonya SharifiTricia Mendoza
Program B: Ke'OnaEliana PipesSol Manuel GarzaJerusha Israel

U-T San Diego: "Young Dramatists Take Spotlight" (October 2, 2014)

Press Materials

View the Plays by Young Writers Press Release


Playwrights Project gratefully acknowledges major support for this program from:
City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust
Kinder Morgan Foundation

Additional support provided by:
Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation
Community Service Association of San Diego Unified School District
Kiwanis Club of Old San Diego
La Jolla Kiwanis
National Endowment for the Arts
ResMed Foundation

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

Danielle Amato

Martin Benson
South Coast Repertory Theatre Artistic Director

Randy Reinholz
PSFA Director of Community Engagement and Innovative Programs
& Producing Artistic Director, Native Voices at the Autry

Deborah Salzer
Playwrights Project Founder

Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg
Artistic Director, MOXIE Theatre

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