By Rich Adams
High school students with a knack for writing plays are invited to submit a one-act play for the Wharton Center for Performing Arts Young Playwrights Festival.
The program of the Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity will select 12 semifinalists from the submitted plays. A jury will choose six finalists out of the 12, and each will team up with a professional theater mentor to help with revisions. The winning one-act plays will be produced in the Pasant Theater at the Wharton Center in the spring, with Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre students serving as actors for the plays.
The six finalists also will receive a $200 award for their winning works, and the other six semifinalists will be granted a $100 award, according to a Wharton Center news release. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 2.
The eligibility rules for submitting a play are:
The winning plays will be performed two times in the spring. The first performance at 2 p.m. May 9 is free and open to the public. The second performance, at 10 a.m. May 11, is a free high school performance, and all sponsoring teachers are encouraged to attend, according to the news release.
Professional mentors for 2020 include:
Rules, guidelines and script submission rules can be found at whartoncenter.com/education-engagement/young-playwrights-festival.