Just a quick note that the The 13th Annual Blank Theatre Company Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival starts tomorrow night and runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the rest of the month.
According to the website, the festival “…is a nationwide forum dedicated to developing and producing plays and musicals by playwrights 19 years of age and younger!” In addition, “Accomplished professional writers make up a team of mentors who help winning young playwrights prepare their work for public performance. Next, experienced directors work closely with playwrights during the rehearsal process. Best of all, winning playwrights see their work performed on stage in Los Angeles by professional actors!”
Past participants have included “…Noah Wyle and Kellie Martin (ER), Constance Zimmer (Good Morning, Miami), Sherri Shepard (Less Than Perfect), Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Marsters, Amber Benson, Tom Lenk, Danny Strong, Eliza Dushku and Alyson Hanningan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Bruce Vilanch (Hollywood Squares), Kelli Lynch (Charlieís Angels), Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), Allison Mack (Smallville) and Edward Asner plus over 450 other professional mentors, directors, actors, producers and crew!”
I’ve checked it out for the past few years and am always blown away by the talent of these young whippersnappers.