Plays by Young Writers

Sponsored by the Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund

Our 32nd season of winning plays from the
2016 California Young Playwrights Contest

January 19 - 29, 2017
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.
Winners of the California Young Playwrights Contest were announced on Saturday, October 1st at Lights Up! Playwrights Take the Stage.

Buy Tickets Now for:
Opening Night: January 21 at 7:30PM
Program B: Jan. 27 at 7:30PM | Jan. 28 at 2:00PM
Program A: Jan. 28 at 7:30PM | Jan. 29 at 2:00PM

Program A

Recommended for Ages 11+


Supermarket of Lost

By Cassandra Hsiao
Age 16, Walnut
Directed by George Yé
In a cosmic warehouse, what will you trade for the treasures you've lost?


By Eliana Dunn
Age 16, Pacifica
Directed by George Yé
A satire set in Silicon Valley asks: can an app really change the world?


Turtle on a Rock

By Absinthe McDonald
Age 12, San Diego
Directed by Erika Beth Phillips
A singing turtle plans a journey to find his purpose.


Program B

Recommended for Ages 11+


The Dumping Ground

By Matthew Maceda
Age 17, Rancho Peñasquitos
Directed by Wendy Maples
Yes or no? You won't know until you ask, but love is not a PROMise.

Pros and Cons

By Katie Taylor
Age 18, Woodlake
Directed by Phil Johnson
A comedy about seeing the best in people, even when they're ex-cons!


A Play on Words

By Minh-Son Tran and Samantha Rafter
Ages 13 & 14, San Diego
Directed by Erika Beth Phillips
Animated school supplies suffer existential crises over spring break.



Festival Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jan. 19
Program A
Jan. 20
Program B
Jan. 21
Opening Night*
Jan. 22
Jan. 23
Jan. 24
Jan. 25
Program A
Jan. 26
Program B
Jan. 27
Program A
Program B
Jan. 28
Program B

Program A
Jan. 29
Program A

*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

To buy tickets, select a date in the calendar above, or call (858) 384-2970.

Individual Tickets $25.00
Student $20.00
Senior (65+) $20.00
Military $20.00
School Groups of 10 or More $10.00
Other Groups of 10 or More $15.00
Opening Night* $60.00

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


Ruff Yeager Festival Artistic Director
George Yé Director - Program A Full Productions
Wendy Maples Director - Program B- The Dumping Ground
Phil Johnson Director - Program B- Pros and Cons
Erika Beth Phillips Director - Staged Readings
George Yé Dramaturg - Supermarket of Lost

Mabelle Reynoso

Dramaturg - Hackathon
Mabelle Reynoso Dramaturg - The Dumping Ground
Ruff Yeager Dramaturg - Pros and Cons
Deborah Salzer Dramaturg - Staged Readings
Charmaine Reed Production Stage Manager
Jordyn Smiley Costume Design
Karin Filijan Lighting Design
Angelica Ynfante Properties Design
Victoria Vitola Scenic Design
Chad Goss Sound Design
Andrew Young Technical Director

Press Coverage


Press Materials

View the Plays by Young Writers Press Release


Plays by Young Writers sponsored by the
Playwrights Project gratefully acknowledges major support for this program from:

Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund

City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust

San Diego County Community Enhancement Program

District 4 (Ron Roberts) & District 3 (Dave Roberts)
Kinder Morgan Foundation

Additional support provided by:
Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation
Community Service Association of San Diego Unified School District
Kiwanis Club of La Jolla
Kiwanis Club of Old San Diego

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

Ed Delos Reyes
Playwrights Project Contest Coordinator

Monique Gaffney
Prominent local actor

Jennifer Thorn
Associate Artistic Director, MOXIE Theater

Danielle Ward
Literary Manager, San Diego REP

Ruff Yeager
Adjunct Instructor, Southwestern College
& Playwrights Project Festival Artistic Director