Running Time: Approximately two hours, with one intermission.

The 15th annual festival of award-winning new work from ACT's Young Playwrights Program: eight talented writers ages 13-18 join with a professional team of local directors and actors to bring their new plays to life in staged readings.

2018 Young Playwrights Festival:

Thursday, March 29th at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 31st at 4:00pm

Pencil Pushers: The Musical by Connor Clemons, Explorer West MS
Dungeons and Dragons-loving middle schoolers confront bullies.

Goodbye by Owen Boxwell, Garfield HS
A man returns to the family farm. He and his brother confront their different choices in life and the imminent death of their mother.

We All End at the Grave by Francesca Myhrvold, Lakeside School
Three friends secretly travel across stateliness to find Charlie's estranged father's grave. A meditative piece on gender identity and family.

6,532 Miles by Michelle Ma, Franklin HS
Mina and her daughters leave China to find new life in the United States. They are taken in by Mina's sister Sara, but at a cost. As Mina and her daughters navigate new language and customs, they are also forced to reckon with uneasy family dynamics as they are put to work at Sara's restaurant in return for room and board.

Return to the Festival Homepage here. Learn more about ACT's Young Playwright Program here.

Support provided by: The Boeing Company, ArtsWA: Washington State Arts Commission, Harvest Foundation, Elizabeth George Foundation, Horizons Foundation, and The McEachern Charitable Trust

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