IN FOCUS: Winners of Barter Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival11.18.2005
ABINGDON, VA — The Fourth Annual Young Playwrights Festival, part of Barter Theatre's Educational Outreach Program, took place Monday, November 14, at Barter's Stage II. Nine schools participated this year, with students submitting 90 plays. Winners received trophies and plaques after Barter professionals staged readings of the plays. Judge Isaac Freeman presented the awards to the students and their schools. A reception was held in honor of the students and their teachers immediately following the awards presentation.
First place went to Olivia Gibian and Megan Pfefferkorn for Naked in the Wind, second place was Blackbird, Fly by Ryan Cury, and third place was [Weathered] by Kenzie Green. All three of the top plays were written by students at Abingdon High School.
Five plays received Honorable Mention: Need a Date by Jordan Anderson, Ashton Edwards and Tristan Mullins of Haysi High School; One Last Duel by Laura Meade and Michael Kiser of Lebanon High School; Christmas at Windham Heights by Ryan Gray of Chilhowie High School; Section 8 by Brent Goins of Graham High School; and Voices by Megan Hope of Abingdon High School.
The Young Playwrights Festival is open to high school students in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. Students participating in this year's Festival came from Bland, Haysi, Lebanon, Chilhowie, Northwood, Graham, Richlands, Abingdon and Pound High Schools in Virginia. Bank of America and Crutchfield sponsored this year's Young Playwrights Festival.
Barter Theatre is enthusiastic about the level of participation in this year's festival and with the quality of plays submitted. Tere Land, coordinator of the Young Playwrights Festival, said, "For four years, high school students in southwestern Virginia have shown us what talented future playwrights we have in our region. We at Barter are delighted to have a role in helping to cultivate this talent."
Barter Theatre's Educational Outreach Program includes not only the Young Playwrights Festival, but also the Barter Players season and tour as well as new and emerging e-learning opportunities for the region's youth. For more information, contact Tere Land by Email or call 276-619-3347.