Plot Line Newsletter
Here's what's featured in this edition of Plot Line:

The 30th annual
Plays by Young Writers
was a smashing success!

Plays by Young Writers
Sponsored by the Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund

Produced by Playwrights Project in association with The Old Globe

Thank you to all who attended our 30th season of Plays by Young Writers, to the artists who brought their talents to these young writers' creative works, to our wonderful partners at The Old Globe for inviting us into the beautiful Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, and to the sponsors who made it all possible, most notably The Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund and the Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust! (See more below.)

Almost 2,000 people attended Plays by Young Writers. Of those attendees, 57% were students. Over 30 school groups attended our weekday matinees.

View Opening Night Photos by Geri Goodale

View Production Photos by Ken Jaques Photography

We received some wonderful press coverage of the festival. You can check out the roundup of reviews and articles on our website.

That sense of a reckoning - with family and friends and one's own expectations - resonates deeply (and often movingly) in the four fully produced works.

- James Hebert, U-T San Diego

Oh, it might sound cliche but, never-the-less, I was blown away by these young people’s artistry. Everything I saw literally moved me to my core. And made me laugh, at times, like crazy.

- Ernie McCray, San Diego Free Press

Did you see this year's festival? Be sure to let us know what you thought!

We are already accepting submissions for the 2015 California Young Playwrights Contest! For details, visit:

Photo credit: Ken Jacques

Telling Stories: Sisters in the System

Written by Tori Rice
Directed by Peter Cirino

Wednesday, March 25 & Friday March 27 at 7:30pm
San Diego State University Experimental Theatre
Tickets: Free, Reservation Required

Immerse yourself in theatre along with two girls navigating juvenile court. The complexity, confusion, and conflicts are almost comical.

Student actors from SDSU's School of Theatre, Television, and Film, and SDSU's Guardian Scholars work alongside faculty and local theatre professionals to present a performance of an experimental new play developed in Playwrights Project's Telling Stories program.

View the full flyer online →

Please RSVP by March 16 by calling (858) 384-2970 or emailing

The Thursday Club Rummage Sale

Playwrights Project is one of the Beneficiaries!

March 14, 9am - 4pm and March 15, 10am-2pm
Balboa Park Activity Center
(east side of Park Blvd. near Veterans Memorial)

The 88th annual Thursday Club Rummage Sale - San Diego's largest thrift, estate and garage sale - will be held Saturday, March 14, from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday, March 15, from 10am to 2pm in the large Balboa Park Activity Center.

All proceeds will benefit Playwrights Project and 25 other Balboa Park and local community charities and organizations from children to the elderly, health, veterans, arts, life skills, animals, nature and education.

There will be thousands of items and bargains galore. Free admission and lots of free parking. For more information call (619) 224-5264 or visit

Grants Received

Thank You to Macy's, Torrey Pines Bank, Costco, La Jolla Kiwanis, The Gold Diggers, and The San Diego Foundation

We are honored to receive funding from three philanthropic-minded corporations (Macy's, Torrey Pines Bank, and Costco) and the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, in support of our recent Plays by Young Writers Festival.

The Gold Diggers is providing general support through their annual Hats Off to San Diego event, in which Playwrights Project has been invited to participate for the first time. We are thrilled to enter our hat honoring this year's theme "America the Beautiful."

Playwrights Project will be working with playwright Todd Blakesley on the development of a his new play Dark Matter, which was selected by The San Diego Foundation as one of its 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship Grants from the Creative Catalyst Fund! Dark Matter culminates in a workshop production that transforms theater-goers into passengers aboard a spacecraft escaping a dying earth. As participants actively respond to various scenarios, the choices they make and actions they take directly affect their survival and determine the fate of humanity.


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Our Sponsors

Anonymous; Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation; Boys & Girls Foundation; City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office; City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program; Community Services Association, San Diego Unified School District; The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation; Michael Ehrenfeld Insurance Company; the Samuel I. Fox and John Henry Fox Foundation; Sidney E. Frank Foundation; Mrs. Audrey Geisel/Dr. Seuss Foundation; Kinder Morgan; Kiwanis Club of La Jolla; Sheila & Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund; The Richard Metcalfe II Memorial Fund of The San Diego Foundation; Mira Mesa Self Storage; The Parker Foundation; The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund; ResMed Foundation; Sempra Energy Foundation; The Thursday Club; The Weingart Foundation; Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust; and the Gary and Mary West Foundation.

Playwrights Project advances literacy, creativity and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions.
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