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The Blank Theatre Announces Young Playwrights Festival Winners

The 12 teenage playwrights hail from 5 different states, and this year’s live presentations will be the first performed in person since 2019.

LOS ANGELES: The Blank Theatre has announced the winners of their nationwide Young Playwrights Festival. The 12 winners range from 15 to 19 years old.

The winning plays include Lox by Leo Eigen, 15, of New York City; Slick, Slimy, Grimy, and Dead by Audrey Hunter, 17, of Dallas; An Actor Recalls by Anna Parker, 15, Houston; Beach Bushes by Izzy Vismara, 19, of San Diego; Opus 9 No. 2 by Alessio Vega, 17, of Syracuse, N.Y.; Bat Eaters by Christine Lee, 18, of New York City; The Groundwater by Dylan Malloy, 19, of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; Life Review by Lola Podolner, 15, of La Grange, Ill.; Bowling!!! by Quint Bastian, 16, of Burbank, Calif.; Waiting for the 6 Train by Elizabeth Shannon (ELLIS) ,19, of Frederick, Md.; Good by Brian Guan, 16, of Dublin, Calif.; and Jonas Versus the Fairyarchy by Catherine Day, 16, of San Antonio.

The festival will be divided into weekly presentations of three plays at the Skylight Theatre Company July 6-30. This year’s performances will be live and in person for the first time since 2019.

Directors, casting, and mentors for the young playwrights will be announced at a later date.

This year’s Young Playwrights Festival is sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the Plum Foundation, and the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

The Blank Theatre produces new works and trains and inspires young people to pursue careers in theatre. The Blank allows playwrights the opportunity to see their work grow from a draft script to a fully realized production.

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