Playhouse seeks original works to perform

Staff report


The Youngstown Playhouse’s third annual Voices of the Valley New One-Act Play Festival will be July 1 through Aug. 3.

Local writers are invited to submit their unproduced plays.

Voices of the Valley brings playwrights together with directors and actors and provides them an opportunity to collaborate as their new works are fostered and prepared for fully staged productions at theaters around the country.

Participating writers will have a voice in the creation of a performance-ready piece as they establish a creative team to discuss, rehearse and produce a “staged reading” of their new one-act plays. Plays that have been selected in the past include “Rain Delay” by Cheryl Lilko Games, “Through a Broken Window” by Brandon Martin, “The Kissing Bandit” by Stephen Sniderman and “Arriving at Bessie” by Kelly Bancroft.

Once again the Playhouse has added a category for young writers between grades seven and 12. This will give beginning authors a chance to try their craft and work with individuals more established in the field.

The panel of writers and directors chosen to select and stage this year’s new plays include James Canacci, of Kent State University; Bernie Appugliese, playwright and operations manager of the Youngstown Playhouse; and actor/director Dylan White. They will select as many as three new plays to be rehearsed during a four-week workshop and performed at readings Aug. 1, 2 and 3 in the Moyer Room of the Youngstown Playhouse.

Auditions will be scheduled in early June for actors interested in performing in the plays.

Deadline to submit a play is May 30. Information on applying and guidelines for the festival can be found at or at the theater during regular business hours.

There is a $10 nonrefundable submission fee, and each interested author may submit only one work. For information, call the Youngstown Playhouse at 330-788-8739.

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