Spinning Tree Theatre proudly presents “Young Playwrights LIVE!” February 9-11. Each of the three original plays were written by Kansas City metro area high school students and began development in August 2023 as part of Spinning Tree’s Young Playwrights Lab. Performances are at Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park, Kansas.
The plays were developed in a rehearsal studio over one week, with mentorship by professional playwrights and Spinning Tree’s producers. Youth actors joined the process, and an informal reading of each play was presented to Friends of Spinning Tree Theatre. Since August, the young playwrights have continued to work on their scripts with guidance from their professional playwright and Spinning Tree. The three plays are:
· “Ethereal” by Billie Valdivia, who is a senior at Winnetonka High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Playwright mentor is Victor Wishna. Directed by Michael Grayman-Parkhurst.
· “Fang You for Coming” by Alexandria Radford, who is a senior at Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kansas City, Kansas. Playwright mentor is Vicki Vodrey. Directed by R.H. Wilhoit.
· “Dolce far Niente” by Emma Andrews, who is a senior at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Missouri. Playwright mentor is Sarah Aptilon. Directed by Amanda Kibler. Liberty High School student Cora Price is assistant director.
$10 Age 12-18 | $20 Age 19+
(+ ticket fee and sales tax)
Our productions are at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (the former King Louie Bowling Alley & Skating Rink), 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas, where we are a Resident Theatre Company.