Growing Stage Playwriting FestIival
Previously ON STAGE | Playwriting FEstival for Young Writers

The Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers Showcase 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021 | 4:00PM
In Person at The Historic Palace Theatre
$10 Per Person

It’s here! Our 2021 Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers Showcase, featuring our four finalists and their new plays.

Limited Capacity! Masks are required for all patrons regardless of vaccination status.

PLEASE NOTE: Online Sales are Closed.  Please call the Box Office at (973) 347-4946 to reserve in advance.

Meet Our 2021 Finalists:

Red

by Violet Baker
(Age 12)

It’s 1887 and Grace Wilson seems like the luckiest fifteen-year-old girl in the world. She goes to Castlers Finishing School For Young Ladies and is in the top of her class. Meanwhile, though, in the woods behind the school trouble is brewing. Fifteen-year-old Ava (known as Red) has lived in a deserted horse barn with her older sister, Winona, little sister, Maria (“Ria”) and father for her entire life. But when her father and older sister goes missing, Ava is left to take care of Ria. A chance encounter between Grace and Red sets in motion a series of events resulting in the discovery that everything is not what it seems.

Wasting Earth Minutes

by Maya Abraham
(Age 14)

Pollux is an alien from Venus who has been sent on a mission to earth. Her friend Gemini has decided to have a “human themed” birthday party. Pollux is charged with going to earth to get all the supplies. When Pollux lands at Target, she is totally confused by all the “strange earthly things” (razors? toilet paper??). A chance encounter with Jenna, a sassy and skeptical target employee, leads to the most unlikely of friendships, as Pollux desperately tries to complete the mission.

Dear Future Self

by Maxine Ting
(Age 16)

Jane and Otis cross paths when they find out they are both writing letters to their future selves in a room which won’t let them leave till they finish writing their letter. What discoveries will be made about themselves and each other?

No Exodus

by Alethea Shirilan-Howlett
(Age 18)

The year is 1995, there’s a horrible thunderstorm outside and Wendy Symmonds and her daughter Ruth are having a dysfunctional Passover seder at their home in Syracuse, New York. In attendance is Ruth’s visionary and slightly eccentric friend from camp, Oscar, her overworked, almost-graduated best friend Paige, and Wendy’s best friend, Carmen. The night becomes tense when Oscar brings up Ruth’s summer project- a series of paintings of a piano in the house that her mother won’t let her touch. As the order of the seder progresses, tensions increase between Ruth and her mother.

When the storm reaches its peak, it brings a sudden power outage before leaving a guest from Wendy’s past in the doorway. No Exodus examines the personal and cultural stakes of holding onto and letting go of the past and the stories we tell about it.

Ticketing System

  • Main Stage Performances are normally Saturdays at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Friday performances are on a limited basis at 7:30pm.
  • Studio Series Performances: Thursday/Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Local Flavor Coupons and Groupons cannot be redeemed online.  You must call the Box Office to reserve and redeem. Box Office is open daily Monday thru Friday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Please call at least 24 hours prior to redeem.
  • Seating begins 30 minutes prior to each performance. If you select Will Call as your ticket delivery method, your tickets will be available for pick up starting an hour prior to the performance.
  • Seating is general admission except for season ticket holders and groups of 10 or more.
  • Sales are final and no refunds will be given unless the performance is cancelled. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Box Office and we will do our best to accommodate you at a different performance based on availability.
  • Concessions will be available for sale before the performance and during intermission. Outside food and drink is not allowed.
  • Parking is available in the bank parking lot next to the theatre (when the bank is closed), the park lot behind the bank lot, and on the surrounding streets. If needed, overflow parking is available at the Methodist Church down the street.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at 973-347-4946 or boxoffice@growingstage.com and we will be happy to assist you.

    Group Sales (10 or more) are available by calling the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.

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