Center Stage's fifth annual Young Playwrights Festival begins at at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the theater.
The program includes an awards ceremony and performances of three award-winning short plays chosen out of 150 submitted. The festival recognizes the talents of young playwrights in grades 3 through 12, who have participated in the Center Stage Education Department's Playwrights-in-Schools program.
The performances include: a staged reading of "Dream Jury" by Paul A. Bachmann (Howard High School), first place winner in the high school division, "These Things Aren't Supposed to Happen" by Ebony Ashby (Dunbar Middle School) first place winner in the middle school division, and "A Doggone Dream" by Tina Emory (Woodhome Elementary School), first place winner in the elementary school division.
Second place winners in all categories are also to be honored.
The Playwrights-in-Schools Program, which sends professional playwright/teachers into schools to conduct week-long residencies in playwrighting, visited 38 schools in 15 counties throughout Maryland this year.
Serving as this year's festival judges were playwright Joan L. Floyd, professor Jason Rubin of Washington College, and Center Stage's Associate Artistic Director Rick Davis and Education Coordinator Dr. Margaret M. Tocci.
For more information about the Playwrights-in-Schools Program and other Center Stage educational outreach projects, call 685-3200.