Five Delaware high school students will show off their work in this year’s Delaware Young Playwrights Festival.
Their scripts were chosen from a pool of 58 one-act plays written by 64 students in recent months.
The showcase winners are:
- Morgan Baker of William Penn High School – “The Ladder Escape”
- Danielle Chapman of St. Elizabeth High School – Happy New Day”
- Mackenzie Lane of Charter School of Wilmington – “Football Practice”
- Lauren MacAllister of St. Elizabeth High School – “Hope Prevails”
- Jane Oommen of Charter School of Wilmington – “One of Us”
Each play is 10 to 15 minutes long and part of the challenge was the writers could only use two characters in the entirety of the play.
The five will be honored at a free public showcase performance of their plays Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Wilmington’s Delaware Theatre Company.
The performances are open to the public.
This year’s festival began in September with a workshop for Delaware teachers and students in eighth through twelfth grade.
Plays had to be based on a theme inspired by one of Delaware Theatre Company’s productions.
This year’s theme was inspired by a quote from Layon Gray’s play “Black Angels Over” Tuskegee: “We all want to succeed. That’s why we are here.”
It tells the story of Black American men who served as Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, examining each character’s unique experiences as a Black man.
The Delaware Theatre Company asks anyone who needs wheelchair accessible seating to contact them prior at (302) 594-1100. Tickets are not needed to attend.
To learn more about the Delaware Young Playwrights Festival, click here.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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