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.
Last night I had the great privilege of attending the