Students currently enrolled in New York City public schools (grades K-12) are invited to participate in the 18 year-old contest, Write a Play! NYC, designed to encourage and recognize the artistic achievements of New York's young writers. The contest, which is sponsored by Young Playwrights, Inc. (YPI) and AOL Time Warner, began as the New York City High School Playwriting Contest but is now open to all students from Kindergarten through grade 12. Evaluations of student plays will be in three separate categories: Elementary School (Grades K-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12). Winners will be awarded cash prizes and tickets to the upcoming Broadway revival of Into the Woods, starring Vanessa Williams and co-written by YPI Founder, Stephen Sondheim. All students who enter will receive an evaluation of their play and a certificate of achievement. The deadline for submissions is April 1. There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or subject matter. All participants must be registered at a New York City public elementary, middle, or high school.
Young Playwrights, Inc. will be holding free one-hour workshops for students to teach them the basics of playwriting. The workshops, entitled Write a Play!, are taught to as many as 5,000 students nationwide every year. This year's workshops will be taught on March 12 at the following locations: Fordham Library in the Bronx, Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, Starbucks (600 8th Avenue) in Manhattan, Queens Public Library, Flushing Branch in Queens, and St. George Library in Staten Island. Space is limited for the workshops. For reservations, call (212) 307-1140. For more information about this or other YPI programs and for a more detailed description of the rules and regulations, visit youngplaywrights.org.
- By Chris Reichheld