Last night I had the great privilege of attending the 18th Annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival at the Stella Adler Theatre on the world-renowned corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The Blank Theatre Company created this event in 1993 under the tutelage of Artistic Director/Producer Daniel Henning and Artistic Producer Noah Wyle. The festival itself is now older than most of the playwrights whose works have been selected this year.

Imagine being a teen having your own play produced onstage in a Hollywood theater with professional directors and actors. That is the mission of the Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival, which solicits submissions of plays by young writers from all over the country. From these, an esteemed group of producers, directors, actors, and other industry professionals choose the semifinalists. Finally, 12 plays are selected to be produced onstage -- three each weekend for four weekends in June. This is the third week of three one-act plays, which included The Twilight Saga's Michael Welch starring in May. Directed by Sara Israel, May was authored by 14-year-old May Treuhaft-Ali from Hunter College High School in New York City. In addition to Welch, the play featured Heather Morris (Glee) and Will Barker.

There are three more shows: tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. You can get tickets at the Blank Theatre Company site. Audience members are welcome to greet the actors and writers after the performance.

Here are some pictures I shot as all gathered onstage after the play to celebrate.



Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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