EQT YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL ’17

Directed by Maggie Sulka
October 28-29, 2017

City Theatre is pleased to once again present the thrilling work of our local middle and high school students in the  EQT Young Playwrights Festival 2017. This year’s finalists examine the human condition with humor and heart, set in such varied locations as Tesla’s laboratory and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, as well exploring mother-daughter relationships and political fauxmance in 2017. Join us for a weekend of  new works by the next generation of playwrights!

VIDEO

COMING SOON

PHOTOS

COMING SOON

SCHEDULE

MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYWRIGHTS

Saturday, October 28 @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, October 29 @ 6:00 PM
Student Matinees: October 24, 26, 31 & November 2 @ 10:00 AM

HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

Saturday, October 28 @ 6:00 PM
Sunday, October 29 @ 1:00 PM
October 25, 27 & November 1, 3 @ 10:00 AM

TICKETS

ADULTS

$15

STUDENTS

$10

SCHOOLS & STUDENT MATINEE GROUPS

For student matinee tickets and more information about the Young Playwrights Festival, contact Kristen Link, Director of Education and Accessibility, by calling 412.431.4400 x225

HONORABLE MENTIONS

City Theatre will hold a reading of the honorable mentions from this year’s contest on Sat., November 4th @ 2 pm. This reading is free and open to the public.

ALMOST HOME
by Alaina DeMichiei
Hampton High School

A STORY TO TELL DEATH
by Madison Katarski
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

BUT IN OURSELVES
By Breanna McCann
South Fayette High School

HOLD ON FOR ME
By Sarah Nelson
Moon Area High School

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

FAMILY HONOR

By Jack Horrigan
Jefferson Middle School

Don Benito Luciani is an aging Mafioso struggling to retain his political and social power. When a family member is brutally murdered, Benito and his ambitious son, Bruno, must rush to catch the culprit and reassert the family’s control of the criminal underworld. This gripping thriller investigates how one family attempts to maintain its honor in the face of ambition and tragedy.

SPARK

By Danielle Jordan
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory is grueling and monotonous, but for the immigrant women who toil at dangerous machines and whisper at their work tables, it is the only option to earn a living. Told through the eyes of Adeline, a reluctant 14-year-old seamstress, this heartbreaking drama sheds light on one of America’s most shameful labor tragedies.

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

By Chloe Werner
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Raised by a loving, single father, Sophie Roy is shocked to discover that her absentee mother has been trying to contact her for years. Wary, yet curious about the woman who abandoned her as a child, Sophie—with the support of her grandmother and best friends—embarks on an emotional journey that explores the intersections of love, loyalty, and forgiveness.

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

GET OUT THE VOTE

By Riley Smith
North Allegheny Senior High School

Vicky Lancaster is a young, idealistic presidential candidate who longs to be taken seriously. As her campaign struggles to garner voters, Vicky, following the dubious advice of her sister-come-campaign consultant, launches into a public fauxmance with her long time campaign manager, David. Proving that women can have it all, Vicky steamrolls down the campaign trail on a romantic romp—with heartwarming and hilarious results.

LIKE OPRAH SAID

By Shelby Studt
Washington High School

Emma knows what to expect from her father on April Fool’s Day—an endless avalanche of practical jokes. However, she could never expect the commotion that two positive pregnancy tests and an Oprah Winfrey documentary could cause. This sidesplitting romance takes a farcical look at just how disruptive a prank can (and should) be.

THE VEINS OF CREATION

By Sarah Tomko
Bentworth High School

Newly arrived in America, Nikola Tesla, the brilliant young inventor, is determined to pursue his dreams of scientific immortality. His urge to create is matched only by his intellect and ingenuity. This electrifying play sheds light on Tesla’s hard-fought battle against Thomas Edison, and the successes and tragedies he faced on his quest for greatness.