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City Theatre Announces 2020 EQT Young Playwrights Contest Winners

The Pittsburgh company will produce and publish the selected works by middle and high school students.

PITTSBURGH: City Theatre Company has announced the winners of the 2020 EQT Young Playwrights Contest, a regional playwriting contest for students that is now in its 21st year. The selected students, from grades 7-12, will have their one-act plays professionally produced by City Theatre, as well as published in the Young Playwrights Anthology.

City Theatre is delighted to be presenting these three fresh voices at the Young Playwrights Festival coming in January 2021,” said Katie Trupiano, education director at City Theatre, in a statement. “While we aren’t sure exactly what the Young Playwrights Festival will look like this year due to COVID-19, City Theatre is committed to creating a platform for students’ voices and ensuring our audiences have access to their stories.”

The winning plays include How to Not Fail AP World History with Just a Little Paranormal Assistance by Elena Eiss (8th grade, Pittsburgh CAPA), A Banshee Wails by Amelia Kovach (11th grade, Sharpsville High School), and Fracture by Rivers Leche (12th grade, Winchester Thurston).

Four honorable mentions will receive public staged readings. They include: Sweet and Sour by Reyna Borrello (8th grade, Belle Vernon Middle School), Grand Visions by Zoé Soteres (12th grade, Winchester Thurston), The Battle of the Exes by Erin Brody (11th grade, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School), and Purple Ocean by Sebastian Mueller (9th grade, Pittsburgh CAPA).

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