About Us

The Blank Theatre's

21st Annual Nationwide
 Young Playwrights Festival

6773 Hollywood Blvd
2nd Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028

June 6-30, 2013

Thu-Fri-Sat 8pm
Sun 2pm


This Season at
The Blank
is made possible
in part by

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

The Plum Foundation

The Rosenthal Family Foundation

The National Endowment for the Arts



 21st Annual Young Playwrights

Competition & Festival

June 6-30, 2013 Photo Page!

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Photos by Anne McGrath unless otherwise noted

WEEK 1 (June 6-9)

THE GATES by Margaret Abigail Flowers, Age 17, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

Directed by Bjorn Johnson      Mentored by Robert Freedman

Starring: Elizabeth Knowelden, Jennifer Stone, Teddy Vincent, Jim Cody Williams


MOM, PUT YOUR FLASK AWAY by Eliana Pipes, Age 16, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Altadena, CA

Directed by Warren Davis  Mentored by Carole Real

Starring: Irene Roseen, Liz Ross, Sara Watson, Jeff Witzke


DOWNSIZING by Nick Mecikalski, Age 19, Vanderbilt University, Madison, AL

Directed by Andre Barron    Mentored by Gary Tieche

Starring: Larry Bates, Virginia Williams and featuring the voice of Malcolm McDowell



WEEK 2 (June 13-16)

SOX by Spencer Emerson Opal-Levine, Age 10, Pine View School, Sarasota, FL

Directed by Kirsten Sanderson   Mentored by Dave Holstein

Be careful not to walk all over your socks; they have feelings, too.

Starring: Talton Browning, Parvesh Cheena, John Farley, Stephen Moffatt, Deborah Puette



EVE by Patric Verrone, Age 17, Harvard-Westlake School, Pacific Palisades, CA

Directed by Richard Tatum   Mentored by Paul Grellong

Is Paradise paradise if it is gone? And what does it take to make a new dawn?

Starring: Yaani King and Mousa Kraish


SURVIVAL STRATEGY by Nicole Acton, Age 19, Knox College, Galesburg, IL

Directed by J. Richey Nash    Mentored by Bob Lowry

What’s the difference between a victim and a survivor?  Maybe it’s the way one deals with their scars.

Starring: Sterling Beaumon, Dawn Davis, Kahyun Kim, John Lacy, Angel Parker


WEEK 3 (June 20-23)

SAM’S BIRTHDAY PARTY by Tanner Laguatan, Age 17, Orange County School of the Arts, Coto de Caza, CA

Directed by Nicole Dominguez   Mentored by Oanh Ly

Sometimes a party isn’t a celebration.  If Sam is surrounded by so many people on his birthday, why is he all alone?

Starring: Alan Pietruszewski and Carsen Warner


REVE D’AMOUR by May Treuhaft-Ali, Age 17, Hunter College High School, Jackson Heights, NY

Directed by Barbara Bain   Mentored by Brighde Mullins

If it happens only in your dreams, is it real? Even if it goes on for a lifetime?

Starring: Brianna Brown and David Starzyk


BLACK ICE by Max Friedlich, Age 18, Friends Seminary, New York, NY

Directed by Michael Shepperd   Mentored by Patrick Burleigh

Love makes us do crazy things, including falling for someone we’d never expect. But if it’s really love, is that so wrong?

Starring: Max Adler and Robert Gant


WEEK 4 (June 27-30)

NOT A GOOD TIME by Hanel Baveja, Age 16, Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI

Dircted by David Shine   Mentored by Ellen Byron

Times are tough all around, but does that mean you can’t have what you want?

Starring: Deborah Lacy and Scott Lowell

GAY MEANS HAPPY by Rachel Kaly, Age 17, Hunter College High School, Forest Hills, NY

Directed by Jason Weiss   Mentored by John Cariani

When his privacy is threatened by a cyber-bully, Jack is forced to consider the way he is perceived by the world.  But he can’t even define himself yet; can he let someone else do it for him?

Starring: Ronald Cyler, Troy Alan Osterberg, Lyndon Smith, Ben Stillwell

THE EMPTY MAN by Danny Rothschild, Age 19, Bath Spa University, Interlochen, MI

Directed by Michael Matthews    Mentored by David Rambo

Spaces can be haunted by not only the dead but the living.  Refusing to change does not ensure Gordon’s life will stay the same.

Starring: Meghan Andrews, Ben Crowley, Ted Heyck


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