Young Playwrights’ Festival

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Announcing the schedule for the…

2015 Young Playwright’s Festival Day

Saturday April 11th 2015

10:30am – 12:00pm Playwriting on Your Feet –

 A FREE workshop for grades K-6. Snack provided. Led by Managing Director Tara Palen & Prof. Laura Jean Schwartau. Please call the theater at (518) 891-1854 to make a reservation.

2:00 pm An Afternoon of Monologues Free Admission

Excerpts from:

Ordinary Voices: Civil War Monologues by George J. Bryjak (one of our judges) and Geoffrey Craig

April 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the conclusion of the Civil War. Historian Shelby Foote, author of the much acclaimed three volume narrative history of this conflict, states that an understanding of this country is firmly rooted in an understanding of the 1861 to 1865 war between the North and the South. While the Revolutionary War resulted in the birth of this nation, Foote believes the Civil War not only defined us as what we are, but “opened us to being what we became” both the good and the bad.

Well over 3 million men – and some women – took up arms during the war. Recent historical research indicates the number of war deaths reached 750,000 – almost two-and-a-half percent of the combined North-South population. Soldiers died as a result of combat or from disease or starvation. Hundreds of thousands were wounded and the most common surgical procedure was amputation, often performed in horrendous conditions with little if any anesthesia. At the Battle of Gettysburg more than 7,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed in three days, a figure higher than the total number of U.S. military fatalities suffered to date in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

With so many men in uniform and high casualty rates along with the war-related disruption of daily life, few people in the North or South were not impacted in some manner by the war. In 20 monologues of three to five minutes each, a voice has been given to 10 women and 10 men who experienced the Civil War on personal battlefields. While all are fictional characters, care has been taken to be as historically accurate as possible regarding time, place, circumstances, and events.

And a staged reading of:

There’s Iron in Your Future by Mindy Pfeffer

This piece chronicles one woman’s journey to find her inner athlete.  Mindy enters the wild world of triathlon training, preparing for an Ironman, and discovers more about herself than she ever expected.  As her favorite Russian coach says:  “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.”

Mindy Pfeffer is an actress, educator, and playwright living in NYC and the Catskills.  Most recently she presented There’s Iron in Your Future at the Estrogenius Sola Voce festival in NYC, and she has acted in over 60 plays regionally, off, and off-off Broadway.  Her work as a playwright has been seen at several NYC small theatres and on the Coney Island Boardwalk,  Mindy is Co-Director of the NYC Kids Project, an arts-in-ed company using puppets and theatre in schools to combat bullying and discrimination.  She traveled with NYC KP in June of 2014 to Krakow, Poland to teach puppetry and theatre techniques.  Lastly, Mindy is delighted to return to Pendragon – she was last here in 1992, appearing in Our Country’s Good.

7:00 pm Presentation of Winning Plays. Free Admission

Winners will receive a full production and runners-up a reading. A reception with the writers will follow the performances.

Middle School Runner-up: The 13th Gate by Jenna Morgan and Ryley Fischer. (Saranac Lake Middle School) Teacher Mrs. Reyell

Middle School Winner: True or False by Rosemary Crowley. (Saranac Lake Middle School) Teacher Mr. Carlisto

High School Runner-Up: Sticks by Sawyer T. Chase III (Saranac Lake High School)

High School Winner: Blackout by Sophie Morelli (Lake Placid High School), Witter Swanson and Silas Swanson (Saranac Lake High School)

Honorable Mentions: Here’s Jessie by Rachel Clements (Home School) and Voices by Tanner Stanton (Lake Placid High School) Teacher Mr. Gotham

For more information contact Pendragon Theatre at 518.891.1854 or info@pendragontheatre.org

YPF is underwritten in part by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation dedicated to
improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.

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2015 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL

And the winners are . . .

 

High School Winner:
Blackout by Sophie Morelli (Lake Placid High School), Witter Swanson
and Silas Swanson (Saranac Lake High School)

High School Runner-Up:
Sticks by Sawyer T. Chase III

(Saranac Lake High School)

Middle School Winner:
True or False by Rosemary Crowley.
(Saranac Lake Middle School), Teacher – Mr. Carlisto

Middle School Runner-up:
The 13th Gate by Jenna Morgan and Ryley Fischer.
(Saranac Lake Middle School), Teacher – Mrs. Reyell

Honorable Mention:
Here’s Jessie by Rachel Clements (Home School)
and
Voices by Tanner Stanton (Lake Placid High School),
Teacher –  Mr. Gotham)

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2014 Winner

ELMER by Witter Swanson

Witter Swanson
Playwright, Witter Swanson
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TOdd Moe with students
Todd Moe from NCPR interviews Festival Attendees
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Prisoner (Steve DeHond) and Elmer (Jason Amrhein)
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panelists
YPF Judges

Fred Balzac, Karen Kirkham, Karen Lewis
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Playwrighting Panel

Workshops at YPF 2014
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Pendragon Theatre is looking for submissions for its Young Playwrights Festival. Submissions date extended

till Feb. 16, 2015

 

Calling all high school aged playwrights! Young playwrights across the Adirondack Park are being asked to submit original one-act plays and musicals to be adjudicated by the Pendragon team for a chance to be presented on a professional stage. The winning playwrights will work with a creative team composed of a director, dramaturg, designers, and actors to develop and stage the script. Students should expect a vibrant discussion of the work, a full rehearsal with the artistic team, and opportunities to re-write their plays. The Festival culminates in a full performance of the winning plays and a script-in-hand public reading of the runners-up. Pendragon artists will work with interested students and/or classes to present playwrighting workshops. In order to be eligible, plays must be between 10 and 30 pages long, and can be on the subject of your choosing! Co-writing with other students is allowed. There are no fees to submit, and up to three plays per playwright/playwrighting team may be submitted.

For more information, or to download the submission form, please visit our website at www.pendragontheatre.org, call us at 518-891-1854 or email to info@pendragontheatre.org.

Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983.

YPF is sponsored in part by

The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation

and

Stewarts

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September 2014

Dear Teachers:

Pendragon’s Young Playwrights Festival will take place at the end of March/early April. We are calling for submissions from all middle and high schoolers in the North Country. The goals of our festival are to nurture young writers especially of plays, to teach the power of the word especially when translated to stage, and to foster artists and audiences especially of theater. We hope the festival will also provide further opportunities for you to work with your students on drama as another vehicle of written and spoken expression.

The winning playwrights will work with a creative team composed of a director, dramaturg, designers, and actors to develop and stage the script. Students should expect a vibrant discussion of the work, a full rehearsal with the artistic team, and opportunities to re-write their plays. The Festival culminates in a full performance of the winning plays and a script-in-hand public reading of the runners-up.

We need your help to spread the word. Pendragon artists would also be happy to come and visit with interested students and/or classes to present playwrighting workshops. Enclosed is the entry form and some guidelines for playwriting. This year’s deadline is February 1st.

Thank you so much for passing this along and please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Karen Lordi-Kirkham

Executive/Artistic Director

CLICK LINKS BELOW to download form…they will go to your computer’s download file.

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