Thursday, April 17, 2014

Putting it together

Bit by bit,
Putting it together...
Piece by piece -
Only way to make a work of art.
Every moment makes a contribution,
Every little detail plays a part.
Having just a vision's no solution,
Everything depends on execution:
Putting it together -
That's what counts!

From the song "Putting it Together" in Act II, of Sunday in the Park with George by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. Thanks to LyricWiki for the words!

Drawing inspiration from Mr. Sondheim again today as a few more pieces to the NJ Young Playwrights Festival come together today. We've had a series of computer glitches in the past few days that have slowed things down. Back on our feet today and getting final details in place to fully launch the Festival in June.

We are adding some new components to the program this year including a mentorship for each high school playwrights with a professional playwright who will be working alongside them as a dramaturg. Keep posted to this blog for more news as it is available.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Announcing the 2014 New Jersey Young Playwrights

Congratulations to the 2014 New Jersey Young Playwrights! (Plays are listed alphabetically by the playwrights' last names)

HIGH SCHOOL (grades 10-12)
- Hurricane Season by Alexa Derman
- Mechanical Advancement by Emily Donegan
- Ink Never Dulls by Talia Green
- Enter Banquo's Ghost by Miranda Hoyt-Disick

- My Life, My Family, Not My Wallet by Christopher Frick
- Accounting for Change by Elizabeth Hendy
- An Underdog Story by Morgan McCauley

ELEMENTARY (grades 4-6)
- So Let's Get Cooking by Lily Bauer
- Zoe Verrazano's Big Adventure by Katie Dore
- A Good Story, A Beautiful Life by Ashley Jiang
- I Beat the Bully by Amanda Kefalas

An announcement regarding the REVOLUTIONARY PLAYS division will be coming soon.

Plays from the Elementary and Junior HS divisions will be presenting as readings on Monday, June 2.

Plays from the High School division will be presented as staged readings on Tuesday, June 3.

High school playwrights will also receive a 2014 New Jersey Governors Award in Arts Education at a special event in Trenton on Thursday, May 1.

For more information about the Festival, or the playwrights, please visit our website at

Congratulations to the playwrights whose work was selected for the Festival and to all of those who submitted a script!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Judging done; playwrights contacted!

Playwrights whose work has been selected for the 2014 New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival have all been contacted. Once we confirm with everyone (and parents) we will begin posting the list of plays and playwrights.

Thanks again to all who submitted a play!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Staging student-written work during Theatre in Our Schools month

We're very busy with young playwrights' work this week! Spent yesterday rehearsing for two school assemblies that will be presented today as part of the Madison Young Playwrights Program. There is another assembly on Thursday and a final presentation late next week.

In the middle of all of the work on Madison, there will also be a meeting of the Selection Panel for the NJ Young Playwrights Festival this Friday. The four of us will meet to select up to 10 scripts from the 33 that advanced to this final round of judging.

To reiterate, we will spend the rest of March contacting and confirming details with the selected playwrights. Results will be posted here in early April.

In the meantime, we hope that you are enjoying Theatre in Our Schools Month and will consider attending a play tomorrow, March 20 for the World Day of Theatre for Children.