City Theatre Names Winners in Young Playwrights Contest

City Theatre has announced the six winning writers whose one-act plays will be presented at the 24th annual Young Playwrights Festival in October.

The winning entries in the regional playwriting contest for students in grades 7-12 will be professionally produced by City Theatre and presented to the public on October 28 and 29, as well as published in the Young Playwrights Anthology.  

The 2023 winners were chosen from more than 250 submissions.

The three winning middle school plays are:

  • Change is Challenging by Bella Bischof (7th grade,  Keystone Oaks Middle School)
  • Good Soup by Madelyn Koehler (7th  grade, Keystone Oaks Middle  School)
  • The Silver Stamped Letters by Tyler Dufalla (8th grade, Belle Vernon Middle School). 

The  three winning high school plays are: 

  • Of Birds and Worms by Andrew Hall (10th grade, Westinghouse Arts  Academy).
  • One Hell of an Intern by Danielle Swearingen (11th  grade, PPS CAPA 6-12)
  • Trolley by Cherish Erb-White (10th grade, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School).  

A trio of additional playwrights received honorable mentions, and their plays will receive staged readings. The honorable mentions are: 

  • Bizarro Pizarro by Max Brown (8th grade,  Brentwood).
  • Save Them by Jonathan Pennybaker (9th grade, Alumni Theatre Company).
  • The Devil  Made Me Do It by Brooke Reiter (10th grade, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School).  

Visit https://citytheatrecompany.org/ to watch for updates on attending the 2023 Young Playwrights Festival.

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