EQT Young Playwrights Festival

City Theatre Company
October 24 – November 4
Various times

A gripping thriller about aging Mafioso. A moving tale told by a 14-year-old seamstress toiling in NYC’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. A captivating story about feuding inventors Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

While these might sound like a new season of plays about to hit Broadway stages, they are in fact the of the work of Pittsburgh’s next generation of gifted writers.

For its 18th annual EQT Young Playwrights Festival, City Theatre will premiere six one-act plays and four honorable mentions created by middle and high school playwrights from Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The unique festival provides emerging playwrights with the chance to have their voices heard widely, present their original work in a professional arts environment and be mentored by theatre experts.

This year’s winners attend CAPA 6-12, Jefferson Middle School, and North Allegheny, Washington, Bentworth, Hampton, Moon Area and South Fayette High Schools.

Directed by Maggie Sulka, the plays will be performed with an ensemble cast and professional design team.

Selected from 356 entries, works tackle a variety of subjects ranging from pivotal events that shaped U.S. history to a slapstick, April Fool’s Day comedy to universal themes like family, power and loyalty.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.