Students direct productions for Playwrights Festival

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ACCUSATORY: Sophia Van Iderstine ’17 argues with Joe Katz ’16 during a performance of Dylan Schiffrin’s ’16 “Gwendolyn.” Schiffrin’s play, directed by professional actor Tait Ruppert, was about a businessman and his relationship with a living cactus, named “Gwendolyn,” that manipulates him into doing evil. Credit: Pavan Tauh/Chronicle

Jadene Meyer

Sixteen students wrote 13 student-written plays for the Playwrights Festival 2016, which took place in Rugby Theater April 28-30.

Drama teacher Christopher Moore directed and led students throughout its production and organized the event as a whole.

The festival was comprised of performances that ranged from political commentaries to genres such as horror and comedy.

ISOLATED: Cate Wolfen ’17 sits on her bed listening to music during Sabrina de Brito’s ’17 play, “The Hidden Empire.” Credit: Pavan Tauh/Chronicle
ISOLATED: Cate Wolfen ’17 sits on her bed listening to music during Sabrina de Brito’s ’17 play, “The Hidden Empire.” Credit: Pavan Tauh/Chronicle

Auditions were held Feb. 16 and 17 in the Drama Lab. A 34-member committee selected the plays from 32 submissions.

The rehearsal process involved after-school practice consistently throughout the week.

“It was a great experience where I got to meet a lot of people who I wouldn’t have otherwise met and made friends with,” Playwrights actress Alexa Frandzel ’18 said. “It is also so great that in a short amount of time, you are able to see so many stories and get to know so many characters.”