Friday, March 11, 2011


25th Annual Madison Young Playwrights Festival

WHEN: Saturday, March 26, from 1 PM to 5:30 PM; The Festival is divided into two sessions. Attendees can attend one or both sessions.
WHERE: Playwrights Theatre, 33 Green Village Road in Madison
TICKETS: $10 for adults, $5 for students for one session or $15 for adults and $7.50 for students to attend both sessions. For tickets, visit or call the box office at 973.514.1787 X34.

The Madison Young Playwrights Festival brings to life the work of young playwrights who completed a play as part of a 12-week playwriting program conducted by Playwrights Theatre in the Central Avenue School, Kings Road School, Torey J. Sabatini School, Madison Junior School and St. Vincent Martyr School. From the 50 students who participated, 21 plays were chosen, and these plays will be presented with professional actors and directors.

In addition to the Festival, the plays will be performed at each school during the Festival week. On Thursday, March 24, the plays will be presented at 1:15 PM at Kings Road School. On Friday, March 25, plays from Central Avenue School will be presented at 10:15 AM and Torey J. Sabatini at 1:30 PM. The performance at the Madison Junior School and St. Vincent Martyr School will be scheduled at a later date.

"It is hard to believe this is the quarter-century mark for this unique and valuable program," said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director. "In the past 25 years, we have worked with over 2,000 Madison school children and have presented over 400 pieces of student writing. Some of our earliest crop of playwrights are 43 years old, and a few are involved in the theatre or related fields."

The following student's plays will be presented this year:

  • Greta and Lucci by Lucciana Happe (Central Avenue School)
  • Friendship by Gaetano Pace (Central Avenue School)
  • Haley's Worst Enemy by Audrey Tolbert (Central Avenue School)
  • The Christmas Nightmare by Trent Wyhopen (Central Avenue School)
  • Saving Jojo by Aileen Bergin (St. Vincent Martyr School)
  • There's Nothing to Do! by Finn Gannon (St. Vincent Martyr School
  • Invisible by Lauren Heitsenrether (St. Vincent Martyr School)
  • The Lost Emerald by Brendan O'Reilly (St. Vincent Martyr School)
  • Mountain of Broken Dreams by Kayla Bailey (Torey J. Sabatini School)
  • The Beat of Tom McKeller by Rob J. Bazaral (Torey J. Sabatini School)
  • Trapped by Emily Chopoorian (Torey J. Sabatini School)
  • Where's the Golden Monkey by Vivien Sherman (Torey J. Sabatini School)
  • Space Out by Kathryn Wilt (Torey J. Sabatini School)
  • The March of the Unicorns by Ellie Culin (Kings Road School)
  • Teenage Dreams by Justice Forschner (Kings Road School)
  • Detective Elmar on the Case by Caroline Harting (Kings Road School)
  • Electric Man by Christopher Penev (Kings Road School)
  • Coward vs. Forest by Michael Bennett (Madison Junior School)
  • The Plan by Christina Lu (Madison Junior School)
  • Fame by Emilee Maas (Madison Junior School)
  • The Lucky Socks by Francesco Pace (Madison Junior School)

For more information about the Madison Young Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Theatre mainstage series, Creative Arts Academy classes for children, teens and adults at the theater, Summer Camp, in-school residencies or FORUM reading series, please visit or call 973. 514.1787 X10.

Funding for the Madison Young Playwrights Festival is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/A Partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Travelers Foundation, Dalba Goeller and Company, LLP, Investors Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, The Pearsall Family Foundation, Madison Rotary Clubs, and the Madison Board of Education.