Reserve now for our 29th Annual Young Playwrights Festival!
WEEK 1 – Streaming July 10 – 16
Miss Diva Cup
Anya Jimenez, Age 17, Brooklyn, NY
Two friends in the bathroom at school confront diva cups, liquid eyeliner and sexuality in a quick, casual, and honest portrayal of friendship, support and acceptance.
Kea Kamiya, Age 18, Bradenton, FL
One quarter Japanese, three quarters white. Which box to check on a college application? A young woman with a visitor has a choice to make. Who gets severed? Who matters less? And when will we stop asking?
Zachary Garfinkle, Age 17, Woodbridge, CT
A presentation on Tasmanian devils is interrupted by a school shooting. While students respond as they’ve been trained to, they continue discussing the parallels between humans and other mammals in a palpable exploration of desensitization or normalized trauma.
WEEK 2 – Streaming – July 16 – 23
Mama Bushwick is Dead
Elizabeth Shannon, Age 17, Frederick, MD
When the matriarch of the family passes on, five siblings come back home to pack up the house, and unpack their family history as they try to figure out how to eulogize a woman who was a different person for each of them.
The Waiting Room
Abigail Milne, Age 16, Palo Alto, CA
Two strangers are in a waiting room and have completely forgotten who they are, where they are, and what they’re waiting for. Stuck in the liminal “waiting” space before the host lets you in, they explore reality and purpose with dark humor and quick wit.
Las Mujeres de Los Angeles
Lourdes Castillo, Age 19, New Orleans, LA
Four immigrant women meet at a bus stop and explore their shared experience of waiting. Waiting for equality, waiting for security, waiting to be seen, all while waiting for the bus.
WEEK 3 – Streaming – July 23 – 30
Let Me In
Zander Pryor, Age 18, Dallas, TX
Two trans roommates identify and navigate the differences in their experiences with the world, while their animal companions ruminate on how to help heal human wounds.
Living With It
Libby Eick, Age 16, McLean, VA
For Harriet, Covid isn’t the scariest thing about returning to school. While her sister, Maya, can’t wait to go back and their superintendent mom has her sights on bigger public office, Harriet has to figure out how to navigate her fear without destroying everything.
A House With a Broken Swing
Isabel Tongson, Age 16, Winter Park, FL
Two teenage strangers meet on an online platform: one is trapped inside and the other is an expert on escape. When unexplained things start to happen inside, will they find the key to get out of a house that has a mind of its own?
WEEK 4 – Streaming – July 30 – August 6
Makeup with Mallory: Special 29th Birthday Babe Edition!!
book, music & lyrics by
Alyssa Ho, Age 17, Pasadena, CA and Miya Matsumune, Age 17, Upland, CA
A beauty influencer turns *gasp* 30 and throws herself a virtual, musical party! Her virtual guests are quick to turn the fun upside down in this clever exploration of cancel culture and social media identity.
Simon Hamrick, Age 16, Charleston, SC
Two strangers at a laundromat fall into an accidental exploration of what’s lost and found between a mother and a son. When then last dryer buzzes, will either of them feel like the clothes ever really ever clean?
The Fantastic Adventures of Bonnie and Fran
Alethea Shirilan-Howlett, Age 18, Jamesville NY
Bonnie is losing her mind, and refusing to leave her home, afraid it will all fade away when she goes. With the help of some surprising friends, can Bonnie finally step outside and find forgiveness through forgetfulness?
If you want to provide enhanced support to YPF, consider donating for a Festival Pass. With one registration you will receive weekly links for all twelve winning plays, one watch code for all, and an emailed PDF of our program!