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“Nachas” about Plays by Young Writers

February 22, 2013

After attending this year’s Opening Night of Plays by Young Writers, Merryl Goldberg, the  Music, Visual, & Performing Arts Department Chair at Cal State University San Marcos, wrote to thank us for Playwrights Project’s partnership with Cal State University San Marcos.Merryl-Goldberg

“There’s a most wonderful word in Yiddish, “nachas.” It roughly translates to a warm genuine feeling in one’s heart and soul. Being at the Opening Night of the 28th Annual Play by Young Writers Festival gave me nachas. As chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at California State University San Marcos, I had a special connection to Playwrights Project this year. CSUSM’s Theatre program partnered with Playwrights Project on our first round of professional internships, and it was a resounding success. Six of our best and brightest theatre majors worked alongside professional theatre directors, designers and stage managers to produce the Festival. They were Tatiana Saunders (assistant stage manager), Christopher Murphy (actor), Sandra Fraga (light board operator), Julie Meram (property intern and dresser), Zachary Vargas (crew), and Jordan Demulder (second assistant stage manager). I am so proud of the important contributions that each of our students made to this wonderful production, and truly grateful to Playwrights Project for providing them with this opportunity.

Cal State University San Marcos Theatre Interns

Cal State University San Marcos Theatre Interns

In addition, we couldn’t be more proud of Kaja Dunn, who directed two of the plays. Kaja is on our faculty as an adjunct professor of theatre, and is working miracles with college students, many of whom have never experienced live theatre before.

Access and equity in and to the arts is a cornerstone of the Visual and Performing Arts department at CSUSM, and we are committed to setting a foundation such that arts are a language through which our students can work with ideas and communicate their understandings and reflections. Playwrights Project provides young people with an opportunity to embrace their experiences, find their voice and to tell their stories to others. Playwrights Project reminds us that young people are uniquely qualified to tell their own stories and that their stories matter. I couldn’t be more proud to support and partner with the organization in providing access and opportunity to literally thousands of kids. I hope you will join me in supporting Playwrights Project too with a contribution. Your dollars will go far in opening the door to many more students, as they learn that they too have stories to tell, and audiences are waiting to hear them.”

~Merryl Goldberg

Music, Visual, & Performing Arts Department Chair, Cal State University San Marcos

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