Young Playwrights Draw a Captive Audience
April 26, 2012 by James
Just 20 minutes from El Cajon, California, the Lyceum Theatre in Downtown San Diego is featuring a diverse festival of contest-winning plays. ‘Plays by Young Writers’ is broken up into two segments. In the first, audiences will enjoy the Playwrights Project’s traditional festival selections; scripts written by young dramatists. The second segment will showcase plays written by playwrights over the age of 55.
In its twenty-seventh year, the Playwrights Project offers playwrights from Scripps Ranch High, Canyon Crest Academy, The Bishop’s School, and Mesa Verde Middle School, the chance to see their works live on stage. Local actors, both young and old, also have a chance to show their chops during performances of the works. While some writers are recent graduates, others are still yet to finish seventh grade.
At the low cost of $20, the stage festival should attract couples, families, and individuals interested in the arts. Additionally, friends and family of the writers and actors are sure to gather from San Diego, El Cajon and the surrounding areas to offer their support. Local business owners and event hosts can reach this large and diverse audience by hiring the services of local print shops for brochure and catalog printing to distribute before and after the shows. The festival lasts through April 29 and offers performances at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday. For those more interested in seeing plays written by an older crowd, the festival’s 55 and older group will present their pieces at 10 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.