MCT YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

Coming in MCT’s 2020-2021 Season

The final round of competition has begun! A panel of theatre professionals, educators, audience members, and friends of MCT are hard at work this July evaluating these twenty exceptional plays by Milwaukee’s freshest voices. Their recommendations will give six plays a chance at a world premiere production or public reading by MCT and Milwaukee’s emerging and established theatre artists.

Stay tuned for the YPF Showcase!

ANNOUNCING
Top Ten Distinguished Plays of 2020


In the midst of our country’s accelerated civil rights movement and the societal paradigm-shift of the pandemic, we at MCT have been fortunate to continue our solicitation of the work of young voices of the region. We wish not only to honor their work, as it is one of the things we can still do while many of our operations remain dormant or in flux, but also to lift up the good news of continued storytelling from those who will be (and in many cases already are) the vanguard of our future artist-citizen population.
From a pool of 90 one-act plays submitted to MCT’s Young Playwrights Festival Playwriting Competition this year, the following are our Top Ten selections.

Congratulations, playwrights!

BLACK LIVES MATTER: OR DO THEY?
by Imani Hankins
Golda Meir High School
Mentor teacher: Tyne Turner
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
A young woman finds words to express how celebrating Black History Month in school is not enough.
“I started to have a voice when I realized that I had one.”


THE DEPARTING LUNCHEON
by Nasya Miller
Messmer High School
Mentor teacher: Zachary Ziegler
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
A friendship is tested when one of the pair can’t bring herself to tell the other she is moving.
“…those are three days lost that we could have spent together!”


GIVE UP GIRLS
by Elysium Morss
Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker-Jackson
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Two young siblings rely on each other to manage and rise above a family member’s addiction.
“So… let’s make a plan. And we both need to stick by it.”


HELP WANTED: INQUIRE WITHIN
by Addy Grace
Rufus King International High School
Mentor teacher: Kelly O’Keefe-Boettcher
Independent submission
A mysterious mentor guides a teenager through managing anxiety, change, love, and the future.
“You look like you just saw a ghost, Red.”


JUST FRIENDS
by Bianna Townsend
Messmer High School
Mentor teacher: Zachary Ziegler
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Two friends at State Fair discover they’re in a love triangle—and agree there’s only one way out.
“…I didn’t want you to find out this way.”

LUCIFER JR.
by Dexx Spychala
Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker-Jackson
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Think it’s tough being a teenager? Try being the teenage kid of Satan.
“Lucifer Junior Satan, heir to the throne of Hell, I am your father and you shall do as I say!”


LUNCH TABLE
by Jasmin Rivera-Gonzalez
Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker Jackson
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Sometimes a friendship just can’t be repaired.
“Jesse said something rude and won’t accept it’s wrong.”


PHASE 4
by Charlie Voith
Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker Jackson
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Teens scramble to cover their tracks when they see a movie before their friend—a big fan—has the chance to go.
“It’ll be tough work, we’ve gotta stay on guard.”


THE ROAD TO FAMILY
by Sophia De Los Santos
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Mentor teacher: Catie O’Donnell
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
When their father is deported, two siblings must learn to reframe what family means to them.
“I really needed you today.”


TO MAKE HISTORY AND LET OTHERS WRITE ABOUT IT
by Imanol S. Ruiz
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Mentor teacher: Catie O’Donnell
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Inspired by a true story: a priest reflects on his history with a pupil whose name the world would one day know.
“Si, todo Cuba conocerá el nombre de Fidel Castro.”

Top Ten Distinguished Plays of 2019

A DIFFERENT LIFE
by Sabrina Arassi
Brookfield Academy
Mentor teacher: Wes Schultz
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
A daughter of Iranian immigrants persuades them to share their story of music and revolution.
“You were born in America, you are an American, this has nothing to do with race.”


BETWEEN BENCHES
by John Sellars
Homestead High School
Mentor teacher: Angelina Cicero
Independent submission
Family secrets at a father’s funeral unfold alongside a silent, and often invisible, observer.
“He needs to be paid his proper respects.”


BLOOM.
by Sylvie Arnold
Brookfield Academy
Mentor teacher: Wes Schultz
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
A young woman’s travels through life and art lead her through pain to freedom.
“I…write poetry. In the margins.”


CAN’T LEAVE HIM ALONE
by Diana Sanchez
Messmer High School
Mentor teacher: Zachary Ziegler
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Misunderstandings and confrontations at a house party escalate beyond everyone’s intent.
“It is not that I don’t get you but this happens all the time…”



DANCE WITH ME
by Hanah Galvan
Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker Jackson
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
A high school student in the U.S. collides with and embraces her Ecuadorian heritage.
“My name is Ylla. Not Ella.”


 

ECHO
by Kate Ketelhohn
Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School
Mentor teacher: Nate Krug
Independent submission
The ancient myth of Echo and Narcissus is retold in an ominous distant future.
“You talk too much for a secretary. You are dismissed.”


PINHEADS
by Zach Rolf
Pius XI Catholic High School
Mentor teacher: Kevin Schwartz/Jonathan Davidson
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Hard-pressed coach Bob tries to rally his team to victory in a family bowling tournament.
“Not that big a deal? That’s like saying that water or breathing are not that big a deal.”


R/WHOOSH
by Irvin Palmer
Messmer High School
Mentor teacher: Zachary Ziegler
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Two high school students realize they’re in a play, and the sky’s the limit.
“WE’RE LITERALLY WORDS ON A PIECE OF PAPER RIGHT NOW”


THE ARRANGED MARRIAGE
by Samia Sheikh
Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker Jackson
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
A young couple facing an arranged marriage lay down some ground rules with their parents.
“Would it be odd if I do actually like you?”


TRUTH OR TRUTH
by Indigo Dawn Lubotsky
Pius XI Catholic High School
Mentor teacher: Kevin Schwartz
YPF Playwriting Residency participant
Over a casual hangout, two friends learn a secret about each other that will make their day.
“I don’t want this weekend to end.”


 

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