In early November, PBDA’s Ninth Graders read ten original 10 minute plays that they had written in Jan Cook’s play writing class. Each of the plays was entered into the DramaWorks Play Competition. From all entries countywide, 20 finalists were selected to receive professional feedback followed by a week to make revisions before a panel of playwrights and theater practitioners will select 10 winning plays. Those plays will be assigned a professional director and actors who will stage a live reading at Palm Beach DramaWorks’ Spring Playwriting Festival. Each winning playwright will receive a $250 prize and have his or her play published in an anthology.
Students in Palm Beach County Schools produced 78 entries from high school students, 9th through 12th Grade. Of the 20 finalists, three were PBDA students, Harry Cramer, Lauren Susick and India Lalor. Those three are now making final revisions to re-submit their edited plays in hopes to be among the final ten winners.