CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham High sophomore Jack Kimber's one-act play, Listen,, has reached the finals of the high school division of this year's NJ Young Playwrights Contest.
Hundreds of high school playwrights from across New Jersey submitted original one-act plays, and fifteen plays were selected as finalists. The winning play will be performed in the spring at a date and time yet to be determined.
Kimber wrote the play under the guidance of creative writing teacher Lynn Polan. which he wrote in his CHS fall semester.
Kimber’s play tells the story of a struggling teen who is forced to do community service hours in a retirement home, where he reads to a none-too-friendly elderly man. 

“What I was trying to get across while writing this piece was that these two characters, while it might not be so obvious, have a good amount in common, and both characters can give and receive a little from each other, which will ultimately benefit them in future," Kimber said. "While the young boy, Trevor McClaine, is receiving knowledge from this old cranky man, he is also providing this old man, Bernie Foles, with the company he has been longing for a long time.”
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