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Photos from behind the scenes of Plays by Young Writers

January 10, 2017

Playwrights Project will produce its 32nd 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 19 – January 29, 2017. The festival will feature winning scripts from its California Young Playwrights Contest for ages 18 and under.
Contest winners were selected from 385 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.


From left to right: Matthew Maceda of The Dumping Ground, Cassandra Hsiao of Supermarket of Lost, Katie Taylor of Pros and Cons, Eliana Dunn of Hackathon, Minh-Son Tran and Samantha Rafter of A Play on Words, and Absinthe McDonald of Turtle on a Rock.* 


Plays by Young Writers Artistic Director Ruff Yeager with Playwrights Project’s Executive Director, Cecelia Kouma.*


Five time California Young Playwrights Contest winner Matthew Maceda with his parents, Rebecca Cerince and Ulysses Maceda. This year, Matthew’s winning play The Dumping Ground will be produced as a full production in Program B.*


After evaluating scripts blindly, the judges were astonished to find thatHackathon writer (Eliana Dunn; right) is the granddaughter of Playwrights Project founder. (Deborah Salzer; left).*


Plays by Young Writers alumnus James Monroe engages attendees of Light’s Up! Playwrights Take the Stage, where contest winners and finalists were formally announced.*


Special thanks to Something Good Catering for the lovely spread!*


Playwright Cassandra Hsiao (Supermarket of Lost; Program A) speaks to the inspiration behind her play.*


A Play on Words (Program B) writers Minh-Son Tran and Samantha Rafter with teacher, Arlene Gapusan. Minh-Son and Samantha wrote their winning play in Ms. Gapusan’s 8th grade classroom at Black Mountain Middle School during a Playwrights Project residency lead by Teaching Artist Wendy Waddell.*


The first table read for The Dumping Ground by Matthew Maceda.


Actor Wilfred Paloma reading with intensity at The Dumping Ground table read.


Behind the scenes of a Plays by Young Writers production meeting. (From left to right: Program A Director George Yé, Costume Designer Jordyn Smiley, Sound Designer Chad Lee, The Dumping Ground director Wendy Maples, Lighting Designer Karin Filijan, and Scenic Designer Victoria Vitola).


The technical crew arrives to view the venue, The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe! (From left to right, bottom: Costume Designer Jordyn Smiley, Assistant Stage Manager Beonica Bullard, Production Stage Manager Charmaine Reed, Playwrights Project Executive Director Cecelia Kouma, The Dumping Ground director Wendy Maples, Pros and Cons director Phil Johnson; in rear: Artistic Director Ruff Yeager and Sound Designer Chad Lee).


Actor Brandon Kelley rehearsing for staged reading Turtle on a Rock (Program A) as playwright Abby McDonald looks on.


Scenic construction- in progress!


Technical Director Andrew Young, Scenic Designer Victoria Vitola and Production Manager Kevin Six working hard to construct the set.


Program A cast with Hackathon playwright. (From left to right: Kelly Nichole, Michelle Marie Trester, Director George Yé, playwright Eliana Dunn, Roberto Castillo, and Brandon Kelley).


Program A actors show their excitement for another productive day of rehearsals! (Left to right: Brandon Kelley, Roberto Castillo, Gabrielle Korte, Olivia Wiese and Michelle Marie Trester).


Technical rehearsals in progress.


Scenic Designer Victoria Vitola and The Dumping Ground director Wendy Maples share an embrace.


Hackathon actors rehearse on stage.

We hope you enjoyed this behind the scene peek at Plays by Young Writers, and will join us for an upcoming performance!

Buy Tickets Now for:
Opening Night: January 21 at 7:30PM
Program B: Jan. 27 at 7:30PM | Jan. 28 at 2:00PM
Program A: Jan. 28 at 7:30PM | Jan. 29 at 2:00PM

RSVP to the Plays by Young Writers Facebook event here. 

For more information, please contact Playwrights Project at (858) 384-2970 or Visit 

*Photo courtesy of Geri Goodale of Reminisce Photography.

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