MADISON, NJ - Playwrights Theatre is pleased to announce the winners of the 30th Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest. From the 328 plays submitted by young writers throughout the state, a panel of theatre professionals has selected four High School plays, three Junior High School plays and three Elementary Schools plays. In each category, selection was blind; plays were selected without knowledge of playwrights' schools, grade or background. The 30th Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest Festival will be held on May 20 and May 21, 2013 as part of a partnership between Playwrights Theatre and Premiere Stages at Kean University. Select plays from this festival will be reprised at Playwrights Theatre’s nationally-recognized Forum Reading Series in December 2013. This reading series brings together writers from all over the United States.
The plays will be presented at the University Center's Little Theatre at Kean University on Monday, May 20 at 7 pm for the Elementary and Junior High Division winners and on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 pm for the High School Division winners’ plays. The readings will feature professional actors and directors and reservations can be made by calling 973-514-1787 X21 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission to the readings is free, but reservations are required, as seating is limited.
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In the High School Division (grades 10-12), the winners are:
You Definitely Got All That from Your Mother by Emma Iacometta, 11th grade, Bergen County Academies
Mirror by Kelsey Garrett, 11th grade, Middletown High School South
Blues-Berries by Philip Peker, 11th grade, Livingston Senior High School
Good News! by Philip Anastassiou, 11th grade, Bergen County Academies
The aforementioned winners received a New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education, which is co-sponsored by New Jersey Arts Education Partnership and the New Jersey Department of Education, at the Governor’s Awards Ceremony on May 2 at 4:30 pm at the War Memorial in Trenton. The Governor’s Award is the highest honor in arts education in New Jersey.
In the Junior High School Division (grades 7-9), the winners are:
We’re Sisters by Christine Vapsva, 9th grade, Union County Academy for Performing Arts, Scotch Plains
Untitled by Emma Ohlig, 9th grade, Union County Academy for Performing Arts, Scotch Plains
An Obstacle Worth Facing by Lindsay Gerrato, 8th grade, Columbia Middle School, Berkeley Heights
In the Elementary School Division (grades 4-6), the winners are:
A Tale of Two Kitties by Matthew Sidorovich, 4th grade, Lafayette Elementary School, Chatham
Bully Days by Zachary Vincent, 4th grade, St. Vincent Martyr School, Madison
It All Happened in 24 Hours by Anna Gregory, 4th grade, Lafayette Elementary School, Chatham