Prescott Center for the Arts offers, for the seventh year, the Young Playwrights Festival, showcasing the talent of eight young playwrights.
The Festival hosts two productions: 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23, and a matinee at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at the Mainstage Theater, 208 N. Marina. Tickets are $10. The PCA Theatre opens 30 minutes prior to the start of each show.
The 2017 festival play selections includes all genres: comedies, dark comedies, fantasies, light dramas and message dramas. Plays are limited to 10 minutes maximum, with six to eight characters. The application states, “Authors need to be very imaginative and creative in working within the parameters.”
More than 80 plays were submitted for this competition, which is open statewide to students in grades K-12. Only one play was submitted from out of county, and very few from grades K-5, said Debra White, instructor.
This year’s playwrights represent students from middle school through high school from Yavapai County. The first-place winner is “Roof Top” by Kushiai Dhungana. Second-place winner is “Cliché” by Aiden Montgomery. Third-place winner is “The Interview” by Glory Glidden.
The top three plays are very different, White said. “They ranged from comedy to drama to fantasy personification. The majority of our playwrights wrote about life situations and life experiences.”
During a weeklong workshop, the young playwrights worked with published playwrights, and technical and improv theatre personnel.
Selected plays were paired with PCA directors who worked with the young playwrights to take their selected plays through the entire page-to-stage process. This included open cast auditions, rehearsals, and the performances before a live festival audience.
The Young Playwrights Festival is an educational outreach program that promotes literacy and theatre appreciation, and is sponsored by Lindquist Realty and supported through donations from Ghost Talk, Prescott Parents Magazine, Allegra Print and Mail, Arizona Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and PCA Season Sponsors Jim and Sharon Carlin, Frank and Cathy Hahn, and Judith Hardes.