Thursday, May 02, 2013

2013 Young Playwrights Project Finalists!

PlayGround is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2013 Young Playwrights Project and Contest. PlayGround invited aspiring writers and theatre artists at the high school level to write and submit their own 10-minute plays inspired by the topic:  (Re) Making of a Legend. The four selected plays will each receive a professional staged reading, presented as a “curtain raiser” before select performances of the 17th Best of PlayGround Festival at Thick House in May. PlayGround invites audiences to join in welcoming these bold new voices to the stage. 

The selected plays/ finalists are: ARIADNE’S THREAD by Hilary Buffum (SOTA '14), MARRIAGE, ON THE ROCKS by Louise Newlin (Urban '13), PITCH SLAP by Jake Rosenberg (JCHS of the Bay '14), and FLOWERSHOP by Carly Van Liere (Redwood High '14). Join us May 16-19 as we celebrate the work of these emerging young writers as a part of this year’s Best of PlayGround.

WHAT:          Young Playwrights Project Staged Readings
WHEN:          Thursday, May 16 @ 8pm / ARIADNE’S THREAD by Hilary Buffum
                        Friday, May 17 @ 8pm / MARRIAGE, ON THE ROCKS by Louise Newlin
                        Saturday, May 18 @ 8pm / PITCH SLAP by Jake Rosenberg
                        Sunday, May 20 @ 7pm / FLOWERSHOP by Carly Van Liere
WHERE:       Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco, CA

About the Playwrights:
Hilary Buffum is a junior in the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Theatre Department. She is interested in the way that theatre can be used to heal and teach conscious communication. She intends to continue in theatre in college as well as science or drama/dance/music therapy.

Louise Newlin is a senior at The Urban School of San Francisco. She is off to college in the fall and is thrilled to be attending the NYU Stern School of Business.

Jake Rosenberg is a junior at JCHS of the Bay. This is Jake's third produced work. His first play, ‘The Scotland Company’, was performed earlier this year by the Thunderbird Theater Company, and his second, ‘The Big Ass Russian Novel’, was performed as part of Marin Theater Company’s Young Playwrights Festival.

Carly Van Liere is a junior at Redwood High School in Larkspur. She has performed in Marilyn Izdebski, Stapleton, and Redwood's EPiC productions. She has always loved to write. Besides theater, Carly’s interests include hiking, spending time with friends and family, and singing. Flowershop is Carly’s first original play.

About the Young Playwrights Project:
High school students from the Bay Area nine counties were invited to submit original short scripts inspired by the assigned topic, (Re)Making of a Legend. The same topic was also assigned to PlayGround’s professional writers pool members for the March 18 round of Monday Night PlayGround in residence at Berkeley Rep.

“Through the Young Playwrights Project, PlayGround and Bay Area high schools partner to enable young writers to find their own expressive voice through the creation, development, and production of short plays,” stated PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann. With a generous planning grant from the California Arts Council Artists-in-Schools program in 2007, PlayGround began taking its unique playwright development efforts into Bay Area high schools as part of the PlayGround Young Playwrights Project. This year marks the fifth year of the Bay Area-wide Young Playwrights Project Contest.  “This is a tremendous opportunity for creatively-inclined high school students to try their hand at writing in the ten-minute form with the possibility of seeing their work realized by Bay Area theatre professionals,” added PlayGround Education Coordinator CĂ©line Delcayre.

About PlayGround:
PlayGround is the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator. The mission of PlayGround is to support the development of significant new local voices for the theatre. More than just a play development program, PlayGround focuses on the creation of a true theatre community by nurturing the collaborative process between first-time or early development playwrights, and established professional actors and directors. With a particular focus on the ten-minute form and increasingly on full-length plays through the company’s Commissioning Initiative and New Play Production Fund, PlayGround creates a microcosm of the greater theatre scene, allowing for experimentation and risk-taking as well as the honing of style and technique. More information at

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