Barter Theatre announced the winners of its 19th Annual Young Playwrights Festival in November.
This year’s festival included 228 plays submitted by 266 playwrights from 13 different schools. Since its inception in 2002, the Young Playwrights Festival has fostered more than 4,000 plays and over 6,000 playwrights.
2020’s first place winner is “Totally Not a Date” by Ashley Andrade from Sullivan Central High School, whose teacher is Kelly Kendrick. Second place went to “Our Last Date” by Sunny Beach from Sullivan Central High School whose teacher is Seth Grindstaff. Third place went to “The Middle” by Addison Reedy from John S. Battle High School whose teacher is Dr. Melissa Buckles.
The honorable mention plays, in no particular order are “The Granny Escape” by Katie Blevins, Dana Hurley and Madison Miller, Chilhowie High School, whose teacher is Rebecca Peery. “Now or Never” by Luke Johnson, Sullivan Central High School, whose teacher is Seth Grindstaff. “My Guardian Angel?” by Emily Hodges, Chilhowie High School, whose teacher is Rebecca Perry. “The Chained Flower” by Zoe Carter and Jaden Firestone, Northwood High School, whose teacher is David Burns.
The plays were presented online and are available for free viewing at bartertheatre.com.
The Young Playwrights Festival was made possible by the generous support of Crutchfield, Williams-Berry Foundation, and Speedway Children’s Charities.