Playwrights Festival features over 130 students in 9 plays

Tara Stone

Patric Verrone’s ’13 one-act “Eve” will be professionally produced as part of the Blank Theater’s Young Playwright Festival and Becca Katz’s ’15 one-act “Something Like Magic” won this year’s Leon Fan Memorial Award.

More than 130 students participated in this year’s school Playwrights Festival, which took place in Rugby Theater from April 26 through April 28 and featured nine original student written one-act plays. The festival incorporated many different facets of student arts, involving writing from student playwrights, performances from student actors, student stage technicians, and performances from the Jazz Explorers, the Scene Monkeys and the Jazz Singers.

In October, 34 students submitted their one-act plays to be evaluated by a panel of judges. Chosen plays were then cast and began rehearsing with professional directors. Drama teacher Christopher Moore  has overseen the festival every step of the way.

“The Festival is the first opportunity for these wonderful young playwrights to hear their words and see their stories come off the page and come alive on the stage,” Moore said.