2012-2013 Write On Playwrights
Joe Buchek is a junior at Hall High School. He has never written a play before this one and hopes to learn from this workshop.
This play is about death, not the act, but the person, the Grim Reaper. Aside from his job, he is just as normal as you or me.
Abby Kehoe is a senior at Classical Magnet School in Hartford, where she is taking a playwriting class and slowly warming to this dialogue-heavy literary medium. Flash fiction, poetry, and novels are her usual forte, but she is hopeful that this opportunity will expand her writing repertoire and make her a better-rounded thespian. Abby is currently stage-managing Classical’s production of Iphigenia 2.0 and preparing for National Novel Writing Month in November, where she will be attempting her first complete novel.
Two old friends struggle to break bad news to each other over a long-distance phone call. Tom, happily married, tries to save his ex-girlfriend Clara the pain of a second rejection; Clara, an E.R. nurse, must break the news of a terrible loss that will change Tom’s life forever.
Jonas Shivers is a Senior at Hall High School in West Hartford. Jonas has a large background in technical theater working on a lot shows throughout his 4 years at Hall including but not limited to; Moon over Buffalo, Romeo & Juliet, House of Blue Leaves, Our Town, Children's Hour, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Under a Better Sky. He likes to write short stories. Jonas also is an actor, musician, DJ, and a freestyle skier in the winter.
In this play, a man has to battle his memory as he tries to get to Maine in the public transportation system.
Alyssa Slotnick is a senior at Lewis Mills High School in Burlington, CT. She has a love of both reading and writing, as well as an interest in photography. She is currently taking AP English at her high school as well as several other English classes. Throughout high school she has had an interest in writing short fiction, and though playwriting is a new genre for her, she is very excited to use Write On to its full potential in exploring and learning a new type of writing.
Disenchanted with her future prospects, a high school girl stumbles across a mysterious woman with a jar of fortunes and a valuable lesson.
Christopher Snow was born in Hartford, Ct and has always been interested in art, film and media direction and production, acting, fashion and interior design. He had the good idea of doing Write On because he sees it as good start in the art industry, starting with playwriting.
16- year-old native Riley Williams had a life any teenage boy or girl could want. The only thing getting in the way is his vain brother Dylan.
What is Write On?
Write On is Hartford Stage's Annual Young Playwrights' Competition and is open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. From among these applicants, 5-6 are selected to participate in the program. Write On playwrights have the unique opportunity to sit in on rehearsals and readings at Hartford Stage's Brand: NEW Festival of New Work in order to learn about the professional play development process first-hand. The Brand: NEW experience is at the core of Write On, and provides the young playwrights with valuable knowledge that supports their work in intensive writing workshops taught by a professional playwright. The program culminates in the spring with readings of the ten-minute plays the young playwrights will develop in the workshops.
Try picking up a newspaper, logging on to a news organization's website, or looking through a magazine.
- What people, places, and events grab your attention?
- What stories do the photos and advertisements tell?
- Who are the characters? Is there anyone or anything that piques your interest?
- If you see something that speaks to you, consider the reason why. How does it connect to you and your life?
Ask yourself these questions when drafting your idea:
- What am I trying to say with this play?
- What do I want the audience to know, understand, or wonder?
- Does my idea contain a clear conflict?
- Can I explore this topic in a 10-minute format?