Center Stage Celebrates 28th Annual Young Playwright’s Festival

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Center Stage celebrates tonight at 7 p.m. the 28th Annual Young PlaywrightsFestival with live performances of honored plays, an awards ceremony for the recognized playwrights, and the world premiere of six new My America/My Baltimore filmed monologues. 

YPF is an annual competition that welcomes Maryland students in grades K-12 to submit original scripts. This year, student playwrights submitted nearly 500 plays, which were read by a panel of staff, visiting artists, and volunteers. The final honored plays selected will be showcased with workshops, in-school performances, and select pieces will be staged at Center Stage.

My American/My Baltimore

Accompanying the staged readings at the Festival will be the premiere of six new filmed My America/My Baltimore student monologues. In response to Center Stage’s My America project—where 50 leading American playwrightswere asked to answer the question “What is my America?”—Center Stage opened this question up to the creative minds of tomorrow. This year, more than 260 students in grades K-12 throughout Maryland submitted monologues exploring “What is my America?” and six monologues will be filmed and premiered at the 2014 Young PlaywrightsFestival.

Center Stage welcomes the community to attend the free Young Playwrights Festival performance on May 5, which includes an awards ceremony recognizing honorees, staged readings of selected plays, the My America/My Baltimore films, and a reception in honor of all of the students who submitted scripts. The event is free; however, a $5 donation is suggested at the door. Click here to see more MyAmerica/My Baltimore video.

The Young Playwrights Festival is presented by Center Stage’s Department of Community Programs & Education, under the direction of Rosiland Cauthen, and is made possible through the generous support of our many community partners, including The Kennedy Center VSA, The P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Eggspectation, M&T Bank, Transamerica, and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Center Stage is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges, and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Center Stage’s 2013-14 Season is made possible by Season 51 presenting sponsor M&T Bank. Maryland Public Television is a Media Partner for Center Stage’s 2013-14 Season.


Susan Dunn

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