Here's what is featured in this edition of Plot Line:
:: A reading from Playwrights Project's Out of the Yard program
:: Playwright Spotlight: Thelma Virata de Castro
:: California Young Playwrights Contest deadline is approaching!
:: Student script reading at Advocates for Change Today Town Hall
:: Celebrating Successful Community Performances
A reading from Playwrights Project's Out of the Yard program included in Write Out Loud's NEA Big Read Event !
Playwrights Project's Out of the Yard participants at Donovan Correctional Facility wrote scenes inspired by Kelly Link's book Pretty Monsters, as part of Write Out Loud's NEA Big Read project. 

Out of the Yard participant Michael Stillman won Write Out Loud's Short Story & Poetry Writing Contest with his script Billy and Willow, which will be read at their event tonightFriday May 4th at 5:30pm at San Diego Writers INK. Out of the Yard participants Derek Damiano (Purse), Glenn Jefferson (The Goat and the Book), and Santa Feathers (Sammy and Cynthia) received Honorable Mentions.
This event is free and open to the public!
For more information, visit Write Out Loud's website!
Playwright Spotlight: 
Thelma Virata de Castro
We are so proud of Playwrights Project's Community Programs Coordinator Thelma de Castro. In addition to her successes as an accomplished playwright, Thelma is also the founder of San Diego Playwrights, a volunteer group striving to get local playwrights' work produced. 

The San Diego Foundation announced earlier this week that Thelma is a recipient of the 2018 Creative Catalyst Grant! Thelma is partnering with Asian Story Theater to produce a script that explores domestic violence within the Filipino community to "give a voice to the voiceless and connect the audience to the issue of domestic violence in a safe, intimate setting."

Can't wait to see Thelma's work? You don't have to!
Thelma's play Bachelor Moon will receive a staged reading on Monday, May 7th
at 8:00pm at Ocean Beach PlayhouseThe FLIP Side: A Night of FOB-ulous Theatre will feature the work of seven Filipino theatre artists and is produced by the MaArte Theatre Collective. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets!
Encourage the students in your life to enter 
the California Young Playwrights Contest

The deadline for Playwrights Project's 34th annual California Young Playwrights Contest is fast approaching! California students 18 and under are welcome to submit their plays; all entrants who request comments on their scripts will receive a letter with customized feedback from a theatre professional. Contest winners receive a professional production of their scripts at the Plays by Young Writers Festival held in January at The Old Globe Theatre. The deadline to submit is June 1st, 2018

For more information or to submit a script, please visit our website
Student script read at Town Hall!
Actors Arusi Santi and Jyl Kaneshiro 
Playwrights Project partnered with Advocates for Change Today, a youth lead group organized by SAY San Diego to spread awareness about drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Advocates for Change Today hosted a Town Hall event for teenagers to learn more about health and well-being, as well as education on the dangers of substance abuse. Scripts from Playwrights Project's school residencies were performed by professional actors. We love seeing this upcoming generation's enthusiasm and leadership!

For more information on Advocates for Change Today, visit SAY San Diego's website!
Celebrating successful 
Community Performances!

Beyond Prison Walls 
at San Diego State University

Playwrights Project and San Diego State University presented Beyond Prison Walls April 12-15th as part of our sixth annual Collage collaboration with SDSU. The performances consisted of staged readings written by incarcerated playwrights at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility through Playwrights Project's Out of the Yard program. The staged readings were performed by SDSU student actors and professional actors, and were directed by SDSU alumna Olivia Espinosa, who has a long history of involvement with Playwrights Project.

Each performance was followed by a talk-back with panelists, featuring leadership and program providers from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, theatre and criminal justices professors from SDSU, former Out of the Yard program participants, and the cast.

Audience praise for the event included:
"The work produced, and the discussion that followed, gave me interesting insights into how certain experiences can inform and shape creative expression. While being incarcerated is certainly challenging, it doesn't necessarily shut creative doors, and in fact, I suspect that some of the best moments in the work I saw could not have been written by anyone who hadn't experienced those particular challenges."

"The most surprising part of the event was the feeling of familiarity, which was essentially the universality of the human experience. And it was so beautiful to be in the presence of such meaningful storytelling for voices that are not often heard, let alone given a stage to be seen by the public."

Did you see Beyond Prison Walls? Click here to take our survey!

Sisters in the System 
at CSU San Marcos
Playwrights Project collaborated with local universities to present staged readings of Sisters in the System by Tori Rice. Sisters in the System depicts the journey through the foster care system and the challenges that it presents. CSUSM student Ingrid Trovao directed student actors from CSUSM and Palomar College.

Sisters in the System was presented at CSUSM in partnership with ACE Scholars, at Palomar College in partnership with the Women's Studies department, and at Mesa College in partnership with FAST Scholars as part of their Foster Youth Awareness week.

Sisters in the System in the News!
"Women's Press for Progress in March" for Palomar College's The Telescope

"Shedding Light on Challenges for Foster Youth" for California State University's Cougar Chronicles
Our Sponsors

Anonymous, Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation, City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office, Current Wisdom Foundation, City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program, Community Service Association of San Diego Unified School District, Michael Ehrenfeld Insurance Company, The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Gold Diggers, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, Kiwanis Club of Old San Diego, The Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund, Macy's, Mira Mesa Self Storage, Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Parker Foundation, The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund, Allison and Robert Price Family Foundation Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, San Diego County Board of Supervisors Community Enhancement Program, The Creative Catalyst Fund of The San Diego Foundation, Sempra Energy Foundation, The William and Ruth Tippett Foundation, Torrey Pines Bank, Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation, Annie Weisman and Bill Macomber, Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust, Gary & Mary West Foundation.

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to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions.  




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