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  • The Young Playwrights Festival will be released digitally in November. 

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AYANNA BENNETT (Never Too Late to Change is 16 years old. She is a junior at Westinghouse Arts Academy and is also a part of the Teen Ensemble at Alumni Theater Company(ATC). Ayanna has written countless amounts of scenes for ATC but she decided to take a crack at writing a one act play for the Young Playwrights Festival. Her play Never Too Late To Change touches on the topic of black history isn’t taught accurately in schools. She believes that this is a very important topic to bring up as it relates to current events. She hopes that the audience can take away that change isn’t always a bad thing and it’s always important to speak up.

SOPHIA KHAN (Bird Without a Nest) is a middle schooler at Sewickley Academy. She has a love for first edition books and hopes to obtain a collection of them. This play is dedicated to Snow-white, and to everyone who has ever tried to talk to animals. She would also like to thank her teachers for allowing her to be one of the butterflies in her first-grade play Mariposa (butterfly in Spanish) which began her fondness for plays. She would also like to thank everyone who read and cared about this play, especially her dramaturg who was very patient with her.

LUCY POTTS (A Boring Street in the Middle of Nowhere) is thrilled to have her play performed at City Theatre. Lucy is a sophomore literary artist at Pittsburgh CAPA. She has been attending since 2017. During her time at CAPA, she has won a gold Key, a silver key and several honorable mentions for her writing from the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. Lucy is also a rower and has been rowing with Three Rivers Youth Rowing for three years. She volunteers for adaptive and para rowing in her spare time. Lucy would like to thank her wonderful creative writing teachers for mentoring and supporting her throughout her time at CAPA. She would also like to thank the lovely people at City Theatre for helping her play to life. Finally, she would like to thank her parents to encouraging her to write and pursue her passion.

SHELBY POWERS (Spring in the Underworld) is ecstatic to see her play come to life on stage. She attends Burgettstown Middle School. Shelby is involved in 4H and preforms in the school drumline. She would like to thank Addy, Leeam, Ic and Mrs. Nonack for helping inspire and bring her play to life, including her wonderful dramaturg, Malic Maat. She would also like to thank City Theatre for the wonderful opportunity to share her play with the public. She has a love for Greek mythology, which was the inspiration for the play.

Featured Plays

Spring in the Underworld  
by Shelby Powers  
7th grade, Burgettstown Middle School 
When Hades and Zeus hatch a plan to find Hades a goddess, things don’t go quite the way they anticipated. The Underworld has no fury like a mother missing her daughter, and in order to prevent war and pacify the gods, a deal must be made.

Bird Without a Nest  
by Sophia Khan  
7th grade, Sewickley Academy 
Aisha is trying to figure out who she is and when she meets a unlikely friend in the park, an interest in the birds around her is sparked. She finds herself opening to the world around her as she begins to see people and places differently. 

A Boring Street in the Middle of Nowhere 
by Lucy Potts 
9th grade, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 
Change is never easy, and for Isobel, watching her neighborhood change around her is downright painful. When a new neighbor moves in across the street, Isobel starts to realize that change may not be as bad as she has always thought.

Never Too Late to Change  
by Ayanna Bennett  
10th grade, Alumni Theatre Company/Westinghouse Arts Academy 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Harriet Tubman. Malcolm X. These common Black history figures are not the only people worth learning about during Black History Month. When best friends, Jamila and Elijah, hear these names again, they take it upon themselves to educate their classmates and teacher that there’s a lot more to Black history than slavery and civil rights, and it’s all worth learning. 

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