EQT Young Playwrights Festival

Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
Public Performances December 3-4
Student Matinees November 30-December 9

City Theatre is thrilled to again showcase the incredibly talented work of our local middle and high school students in the EQT Young Playwrights Festival 2016. This year’s finalists tackle topics ranging from lost love to unlikely friendships, anthropomorphized books to animals on the brink of extinction, with a little magic, sunshine, and fun in between. Join us for a family-friendly weekend of new works by emerging young artists!

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EQT Young Playwrights Festival 2016

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YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 2016

Photos by Kristi Jan Hoover

THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Photo credit: Human Habits. (Left to Right) Back Row: Abigail Over, Cavan Bonner, Mehrnaz Tiv, Katrina Kudla | Front Row: Jacob Voelker, Julia Garhart, and Brenna Sposito

SCHEDULE

MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYWRIGHTS

Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Student Matinees: Nov. 30, Dec. 2, Dec. 6, Dec. 8

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYWRIGHTS

Saturday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m.
Student Matinees: Dec. 1, Dec. 5, Dec. 7, Dec. 9

HONORABLE MENTIONS READINGS

Friday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.

This is a free event.

TICKETS

ADULTS

$15.00

STUDENTS

$10.00

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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

ENDANGERED HOPE

by Abigail Over
Keystone Oaks Middle School
A flock of rare Evening Grosbeak birds struggles to survive a harsh winter and encroaching
human plans for the forest they inhabit. Thoughtful and compelling, Endangered Hope explores family, perseverance, and the dangers of climate change from a feathered perspective.

THE MAGIC PENCIL

by Julia Garhart & Brenna Sposito
Sharpsville Middle School
Can a curse be inherited? Ellison and Nicolette are best friends and classmates, but when a unique
gift from Nicolette’s aunt precipitates a series of strange occurrences, their bond is tested. The girls soon come face to face with a shared history that stretches back to the Salem Witch Trials in this taut, suspenseful play.

RUNNING FROM GRIEF

by Jacob Voelker
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Ryan, an all-star cross-country runner, begins volunteering at a local nursing home in hopes of
bolstering his chances of admittance to the college of his dreams. He is assigned to work with the cantankerous Henry and the pair forge an unlikely bond in this heartwarming story about the
power of friendship.

HONORABLE MENTION PUBLIC READING

LIFE OUT OF THE SEA

by Megan Stafford
Fox Chapel Area High School

PUZZLED

by Olivia Wright
Lakeview High School

THE VEINS OF CREATION

By Sarah Tomko
Bentworth High School

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

DISCOUNT SHELF

by Cavan Bonner
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
The Discount Shelf is the last stop for unwanted used books. In this funny, imaginative play we
meet a host of novels—from a text book to a crime fiction paperback—vying to make it off the
shelf and into the hands of a new reader.

SIGNED, SEALED, NEVER DELIVERED

by Mehrnaz Tiv
North Allegheny Senior High School
A lively romantic comedy set in San Francisco, Signed, Sealed, Never Delivered introduces us to neighbors Adam Truth
and Alex Truth (no relation). Adam, a struggling writer, and Alex, a gallery curator on the rise,
are always getting (and reading) each other’s mail. This leads to a series of mix-ups, mistaken
identities, and missed connections, with a climatic finish at Alex’s hot new exhibit.

THE SUNFLOWER

by Katrina Kudla
Moon Area High School
Julien is desperate to prove himself to his future mother in law, Basha. In an attempt to curry
favor, he arrives at her pierogi shop offering assistance with the hopes of some culinary bonding.
This heartfelt, entertaining play explores the meaning of family and the price of assimilation in
one tiny Pittsburgh kitchen.