Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival

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Join us for the 40th Annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival, June 1st - 3rd at Dobama Theatre.

Nine plays written by Cuyahoga County youth (grades 2-12) will be professionally directed and performed by Cleveland-area youth and adult actors. Additional plays receiving Meritorious Distinction will be honored as well.

The Opening Night Benefit (tickets $25) takes place Friday, June 1st at 7:30pm. The evening will feature an awards ceremony honoring the playwrights, with a dessert reception to follow.
Opening Night Benefit tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 216.932.3396 or online at dobama.org

 

40th Annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival

FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES*
Saturday, June 2 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, June 3 at 2:30pm

*Public performances are family-friendly, with general seating. No reservations required.

Any questions about the Festival?
Contact Carrie Williams, Dobama Education Associate at youngplaywrights@dobama.org.

 

ABOUT THE 2018 MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS’ PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL

The Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival—now celebrating 40 years—is the longest-running celebration of young playwrights in the United States. Winning plays were selected from over 230 entries submitted by Northeast Ohio students.

the following plays will be produced in the Festival:

THE FLEAS TAKE OVER
by Molly Watterson, 3rd Grade, Noble Elementary, Cleveland Heights
directed by Cathleen O’Malley.

UNICORN LOST IN NEW YORK CITY
by Juliet Novotny, 3rd Grade, Gesu Catholic School, South Euclid
directed by Colin Anderson

BAD PRODUCTS
by Sienna Bokoch, 4th Grade, Royal View Elementary, North Royalton
directed by Jonah Roth

FAIRY GODMOTHER-ISH
by Evelyn Rossman, 6th Grade, Woodbury Elementary, Shaker Heights
directed by Lynna Metrisin

HIDING OUT
by Ava Ratner, 8th Grade, Mandel Jewish Day School, Beachwood
directed by Eugene Sumlin

THE SLIPSTREAM DRIVE
by Dante Hampton, 11th Grade, St. Martin de Porres High School, Cleveland
directed by Carrie Williams

AN OPPOSING ATTRACTION
by Valerie Mischka, 12th Grade, Hathaway Brown, Mentor
directed by Renee Bertin

GIVE ME THE GUN
by Marvin Watts, 12th Grade, Cleveland School for the Digital Arts, Cleveland
directed by Ananias Dixon

 

In addition, the following winning entries have been deemed Plays of Meritorious Distinction:

THE COLORS
by Sophia Vovos, 3rd Grade, Ruffing Montessori, Rocky River

THE CASE OF THE WALKING HOMEWORK
by Roman Gambino, 4th Grade, Royal View Elementary, North Royalton

SCHOOL SHENANIGANS
by Ryan Kachmarik, 8th Grade, North Royalton Middle School, North Royalton

SAILOR BOY
by Ethan Baker, 8th Grade, Chagrin Falls Middle School, Chagrin Falls

DID I DO THE RIGHT THING?
by Emma Blemaster, 8th Grade, Laurel School, Shaker Heights

INTERNET-ENABLED SOCKS
by Anthony Koonce, 9th Grade, Homeschool, Cleveland Heights

SELF-CONSCIOUS
by Calvin Brown, 10th Grade, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights

WHEN THE RAIN STOPS
by James Berner, 11th Grade, Gilmour Academy, Shaker Heights

REMEMBER ME?
by Ruben Arteaga, 11th Grade, St. Martin de Porres High School, Cleveland

DON’T TAKE LOVE FOR GRANTED
by Taylor Love, 12th Grade, St. Martin de Porres High School, Cleveland

 

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE

  • The MBKPF is open to all students grades 1-12, whether home-schooled or attending a public, private or charter school.
  •  Plays must be the original work of the individual student who is submitting it. No collaborations, adaptations, or copying situations or characters from movies, TV, books, video games or other plays.
  • Submitted plays should be no longer than 10 minutes when read aloud.
  • The play may be any genre: comedy, drama, mystery, fantasy - wherever your imagination leads you.

Every play is read and scored by at least three judges, all of whom have writing, education and/or theatre experience.

Readers award points on the basis of imagination and human values as much as playwriting skills, The age and grade of the playwright will be taken into consideration by the judges.

Between 10 and 12 high-scoring plays will be selected for production on Dobama's stage for the Festival performances in June.

HOW TO ENTER

  • Plays in a Word Document form can be emailed to youngplaywrights@dobama.org. While we strongly encourage electronic submissions, hard copies of typed plays may be mailed to The Marilyn Bianchi Kids' Playwriting Festival, Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.
  • Please include a title page that has: the title of the play, your name, address, phone number and your school and grade. Your name and age should not appear anywhere else in the play.
  • Make sure each page of the play is numbered and contains the title of the play but not your name.

SOME SUGGESTIONS

  • Keep your play to around 10 -15 pages long.
  • Try reading the play out loud. Does the dialogue sound natural? Does the audience have the information they need to understand what's happening? Do all the characters contribute to the story? Time your play as you read it. Is it 10 minutes or shorter?
  • Every play needs characters! The characters can be people (kids, teenagers or grown-ups), animals (dogs, cats, insects), monsters (all kinds), robots, plants (trees, flowers, poison ivy) and even inanimate objects (a television set, a toaster, a washing machine), etcetera. Aim to have between 2 and 10 characters.
  • Having your play take place anywhere from one to three locations is another good thing. Where does your story happen? Where do the characters go?
  • Remember that a play is different from a movie. If, in your play, a character jumps out of a plane, lands in pasture on top of a giant bull who throws him into a lake that he then swims across: this will be a challenge to put on a stage. This would be something you would more likely to see in a movie.
  • Remember, these are just suggestions!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
START WRITING SOMETHING!

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 40TH ANNUAL MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS' FESTIVAL ARE CLOSED. Play submissions RECEIVED WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE 41ST ANNUAL MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS' FESTIVAL.

Any questions? Email Education Associate Carrie Williams at youngplaywrights@dobama.org