MCT confirms Young Playwrights Festival plays and directors
Performances set for May 4-7, 2017, at the BTC’s Studio Theatre
Milwaukee, WI… Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s eighth Young Playwrights Festival Showcase will bring three new, vibrant stories from the winners of our local high school playwriting competition to life at the Broadway Theatre Center. In addition to providing an opportunity for multiple young playwrights to see their work fully produced on stage, the YPF Showcase, May 4-7, 2017, will feature creative teams comprised of emerging directors, actors and designers.
The three winning plays are: THIS JUST IN… by Malaina Moore from Rufus King High School, directed by Grace DeWolff; SAYING GRACE by Alexandra Gieske from Homestead High School, directed by Alexander Coddington; and PRIDE & PANCAKES by Kyle Radomski from Ronald Reagan High School, directed by Jake Brockmann. All three one-acts will be performed each evening during the Showcase at the Broadway Theatre Center. In addition, MCT will produce staged readings of three scripts that received honorable mentions during the Showcase weekend.
MCT’s Young Playwrights Festival is the culminating event in a series of free playwriting workshops at several Milwaukee-area high schools. Ten plays are chosen each year from an annual competition that encourages students to write original one-act plays exploring themes, genre and relationships from a uniquely adolescent perspective. Of the top 20 plays chosen over two years, three are selected by a panel of local theatre artists, educators and past winners to receive full productions, along with a cash award and invaluable professional guidance and feedback.
The usual result is a series of plays with dynamically different tones and focuses, and this year is no exception. Malaina Moore’s THIS JUST IN… tells the story of a young Milwaukeean who grieves the loss of a friend due to an incident with police and seeks justice and change. In Alexandra Gieske’s SAYING GRACE, a family navigates the complex choices of care for parents as they reach their fiftieth wedding anniversary in an assisted living facility. And in Kyle Radomski’s PRIDE & PANCAKES, a pancake-eating champion cheers his friend on to another, perhaps worthier, goal.
The three honorable mention plays receiving public readings are ROAD TO TRANQUILITY by Katlyn Brookens from Rufus King High School, directed by Di’Monte Henning; THE GRAY AREA IN MY LIFE by Kristen Leer from Ronald Reagan High School, directed by Amber Smith; and MEMORY ROAD by Colin Acheson from MacDowell Montessori School, directed by Wes Schultz. Full cast and production team details for all six plays will be announced in Spring 2017.
The Young Playwrights Festival Showcase 2016-2017 performs May 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and May 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre, 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Each performance will feature all three one-acts and a talkback. The three honorable mention scripts will be read on May 6 at 2 p.m. These readings will be offered free of charge.
Young Playwrights Festival Showcase 2016-2017 tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and MCT subscribers. Tickets are available Monday through Saturday from noon-6:00 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office, 158 N. Broadway, or by phone at (414) 291-7800. Tickets can be purchased online – 24 hours a day at milwaukeechambertheatre.com.
The Young Playwrights Festival Showcase 2016-17 is sponsored by The Women’s Club of Wisconsin Foundation, The Deborah Aronson Theatre Education Fund, Bader Philanthropies, the United Performing Arts Fund and the City of Milwaukee Arts Board.
MILWAUKEE CHAMBER THEATRE
Founded in 1975, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) produces intimate and accessible theatrical works that engage and challenge the audience, while employing and nurturing principally local theatre artists. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director C. Michael Wright and Managing Director Kirsten Mulvey, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre performs at the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.
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