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Interview with Sydney Alper, winner of California Young Playwrights Contest 2015

November 3, 2015

Playwrights Project will produce its 31st annual festival of Plays by Young Writers, sponsored by the Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund, at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe on January 23 – January 31, 2015. The festival will feature winning scripts from its California Young Playwrights Contest for ages 18 and under.

Contest winners were selected from 269 plays submitted by students from across the state. Four scripts will receive full professional productions, and two scripts will receive staged readings in this highly regarded festival of new voices.

Daisy’s Journey

By Sydney Alper

Age 11, Rancho Peñasquitos

Directed by Chelsea Kaufman

Daisy’s Journey by Sydney Alper is about a flower who finds that warmth and friendship can come from unexpected places. Sydney took part in a playwriting residency in Ms. Blackmore’s class at Mesa Verde Middle School in Rancho Peñasquitos led by Founder Deborah Salzer. Sydney will receive dramaturgical support from mentor Tori Rice.

How did you first get involved with writing?

At first I had hated writing. Then, around fifth grade I stared writing poetry and fiction, which I loved. Now I love to write.

How did you come up with the idea for your script?

I wanted to write about something that other people wouldn’t think to write about, so I wrote about a plant. I wanted this plant to be lacking in something critical to a plant’s survival. Along the way, a theme of friendship also started to appear. It just developed from there.

What themes are involved in your piece?

A major theme in my play is friendship and trust that comes in unexpected ways and places. One day you’re enemies, the next you’re friends.

What is the message you hope the audience takes away with them?

I want them to  come away with a new friend, a feeling of happiness that my characters have made friends, and to be thankful for their friends.

Do you plan to continue writing?

100% YES!!!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I mostly want to be a teacher (a fifth grade teacher, a middle school teacher, or an English professor). If I can’t be a teacher then I want to be a news reporter or a spy.

For more information and reservations, please contact Playwrights Project at (858) 384-2970 or write@playwrightsproject.org. Visit http://www.playwrightsproject.org/productions/pbyw/. 

*Photo courtesy of Geri Goodale and Reminisce Photography.

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