By Micah Sperling
Three students were selected as finalists in the California Young Playwrights contest for their plays from last yearâs Playwrightâs Festival.
Leland Frankel â12, Daniele Wieder â12 and Elana Zeltser â13 all qualified as finalists. Their plays were chosen to be among the 11 finalists out of 333 entries to this yearâs competition. Wiederâs play “Dropped Stitches,” Frankelâs play “â¦Or Not to Be” and Zeltserâs play “Steps” were submitted by the playwrights to the contest.
Each year, Californians under 19 years old can submit plays to the festival, which is sponsored by the Playwrights Project. Actors and directors from major theaters serve as judges and determine what plays will be finalists in the competition.
Finalist plays receive script readings and some are selected to be fully produced in the Plays by Young Writers festival.
All playwrights who submit, even those who are not selected as finalists, can get a written critique from the judges if they ask for one.
“Iâm super excited to have been one of 11 finalists out of 333 entries,” Frankel said. “I hope to attend the festival and see the two winners for myself soon.”