Five budding playwrights and their works have been recognized by the Delaware Theatre Company as part of a competition culminating in a showcase performance in March.
The DTC’s Delaware Young Playwrights Festival named these students’ plays as among the very best of more than 80 entries.
• Season 9, Episode 8 by Jordyn Flaherty – Charter School of Wilmington
• In All Honesty by Jalyn Horhn – MOT Charter High School
• (A Little Bit) of the Book of Exodus by Tristen Hudson – St. Elizabeth School
• Senior Year Shakespeare by John Morrison – St. Elizabeth School
• Star Signs and Book Shops by Madelyn Thomas – St. Elizabeth School
The finalists will participate in a series of playwriting workshops with professional theatre artists from Delaware Theatre Company to further refine their writing and ready their works for a public showcase performance on March 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm on the DTC stage.
This year’s DYPF began in September with a kickoff workshop for Delaware teachers and students in grades 8-12. From there, 73 plays written by 83 students representing eleven different schools from across the state were submitted for the first round.
Each playwright wrote original plays with their own characters, conflict, dialogue, theme, and other dramatic criteria. And each received personal feedback about his or her play from a teaching artist of the Delaware Theatre Company staff.
Student playwrights had the opportunity to revise their plays. Playwrights then resubmitted their work for the second round, also known as the “competition round.” From these entries, the five finalist plays were selected for additional development.
Students’ plays are based on a theme inspired by a Delaware Theatre Company production. This year’s theme was inspired by a quotation from Chelsea Marcantel’s adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Saint Joan, which runs February 6-24, 2019 at the DTC. The quotation reads, “You believe this world is a stagnant thing, that it waits for you to be ready—it does not.”
Six other plays and their playwrights are recognized with an honorable mention for the merits of their work. These plays are Brain Teaser by Maureen Carroll (Ursuline Academy), Uncertainty by Skylar Hass (Smyrna High School), Phone Booth by Michael Hahn (Charter School of Wilmington), Writing the Play by Zachary Hitchens (Cab Calloway School of the Arts), Indecision by Ellen Schlecht (Ursuline Academy), and Illuminate by Allison Ziegler (Charter School of Wilmington).
The goal of the Delaware Theatre Company’s DYPF is to provide students with an authentic audience for their creative writing and teachers with an innovative literacy program. DYPF uses educational resources, interactive workshops, personal feedback to every playwright, and public performances to engage students in the art of theatre through the act of writing a play. Both competitive and cooperative, DYPF fosters, respects, and celebrates the voices of young writers.
The Delaware Young Playwrights Festival is made possible, in part, by support from Delaware Humanities and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.