PlayGround is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2014 Young Playwrights 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: ‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…’ (from Shakespeare’s As You Like It). The four selected plays will each receive a professional staged reading, presented as a “curtain raiser” before select performances of the 18th 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: WHO WANTS THE MOON by Eliza Mantz (Tamalpais High ’14); OCCUPI by Jake Rosenberg (JCHS of the Bay ’14); WALK A NIGHT IN MY MOCCASINS by Christine Lim (SOTA ’15); SOMNAMBULISM by Tessa King (Tamalpais High ’15). Zoe Kamil (JCHS of the Bay) was named a semi-finalist for her play, KIRU. Join us May 15-18 as we celebrate the work of these emerging young writers as a part of this year’s Best of PlayGround. For more info, visit http://playground-sf.org/youngplaywrights.
WHAT: Young Playwrights Contest Staged Readings
Thursday, May 15 @ 8pm / WHO WANTS THE MOON by Eliza Mantz
Friday, May 16 @ 8pm / OCCUPI by Jake Rosenberg
Saturday, May 17 @ 8pm / WALK A NIGHT IN MY MOCCASINS by Christine Lim
Sunday, May 18 @ 7pm / SOMNAMBULISM by Tessa King
WHERE: Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco, CA
About the Playwrights:
Tessa King attends Tamalpais High School. She loves reading and writing in any creative manor, especially playwriting. She hopes to write professionally in the future and travel the world while doing so. She thanks her friends and family for supporting her, as well as the CTE family.
Christine Lim was born in Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) and arrived to San Francisco with her family when she was a year old. She is currently a junior in the Theatre program at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.
Eliza Mantz is a senior at Tamalpais High School. She is a member of the Conservatory Theatre Ensemble, where she works as an actor, designer, and director. She recently appeared as Alice in Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl. Next year, Eliza will study theatre at Harvard.
Jake Rosenberg began playwriting at 16, and has already met with phenomenal success. From The 2013 Young Playwrights Contest/Best of PlayGround Festival in San Francisco to winning the Producers Club Short Play Contest in New York City, to attending New York University next fall, Jake is excited to start his career!
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, ‘All the world’s a stage…’. The same topic was also assigned to PlayGround’s professional writers pool members for the March 17 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. This year marks the sixth year of the Bay Area-wide Young Playwrights Contest. “This is a tremendous opportunity for creatively-inclined high school students to experiment with writing for theatre in the ten minute theatre form. The finalists gain immeasurable confidence and accomplishment from seeing their works staged by Bay Area theatre professionals, alongside the adult professional playwrights at Best of PlayGround,” added PlayGround Education Coordinator Dylan Russell.
PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, provides unique development opportunities for the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, annual Best of PlayGround Festival, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund and, PlayGround’s newest initiative, the PlayGround Film Festival. To date, PlayGround has supported nearly 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 680 original short plays and 50 new full-length plays, including more than a dozen that have since premiered in the Bay Area. For more information, visit http://playground-sf.org.