Young Playwrights Festival
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  • Join us online!
    This year, City Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival is going virtual! We invite you to join us for one of our live performances happening on February 6 at 7pm and February 7 at 3pm.
  • Tickets are free, but are required.

Read the show program here!

  • Student Matinees
    This year, the Young Playwrights Festival will be recorded and distributed to schools and classrooms. The recording of the performance can be enjoyed when it’s convenient for you. The recording will be distributed to registered instructors on February 1. Live virtual talkback sessions with the playwrights, actors and director of the Young Playwrights Festival will occur the week of February 8. We encourage you to join us for a talkback if you’re able for the complete Young Playwrights Festival experience!
    For access to the student matinee production email Katie Trupiano, at
  • How it Works:
    A few weeks before the Young Playwrights Festival is released, you will receive a Young Playwrights Resource Guide, created to help give you and your students a greater understanding of the process of City Theatre’s Young Playwrights program and the plays you’ll see this year. On February 1, you’ll receive a link and unique password to stream the festival. You may watch the festival at a time that is convenient to you and your students. If you plan to attend a live talkback session, we encourage you to watch the recording prior to attending the talkbacks that start February 8.
    For the full Young Playwrights experience, we encourage you to join us for one of our live, virtual talkback sessions. Listen in as we speak to our playwrights, actors, and director about how these plays were created and this year’s process of creating the Young Playwrights Festival. Join us for one or multiple sessions! A Zoom link will be sent to you the day prior to your talkback. Registration for talkbacks can be done at the registration link listed below. Space is limited and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Talkbacks are being offered at the following times:
    Tuesday, February 9, 9-9:30am
    Wednesday, February 10, 2-2:30pm
    Thursday, February 11, 11:15-11:45am
    Friday, February 12, 12:45-1:15pm

Click Here to Register for Student Matinees

Featured Plays

How to Not Fail AP World History with Just a Little Paranormal Assistance
by Elena Eiss
8th grade, Pittsburgh CAPA
High school is stressful enough: with family drama, impossible classes, and making new friends, the last thing a girl needs is to be haunted. Claire is failing AP World History, but has a chance to boost her grade by writing a paper about local history. Who better to ask than someone who was there?

A Banshee Wails
by Amelia Kovach
11th grade, Sharpsville HS
On a dark and stormy night at a cottage deep in the woods, Agatha, a young banshee, is about to make her first wail, signaling death to those nearby. An old music teacher hears talent in the Banshee’s cry, setting both their lives on a new path. Agatha fulfills her potential of becoming a renowned opera singer, but she’s unsure if she can deny what she was born to do.

by Rivers Leche
12th grade, Winchester Thurston
John, a coal miner born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, is deeply conflicted about the death of his abusive father. When his sister Christine, now a lawyer in Philadelphia, returns home to claim the siblings’ inheritance, it might just tear the family apart. Stuck on opposite ends of the political spectrum, will they be able to see eye to eye?

Honorable Mentions

Sweet and Sour
by Reyna Borrello
8th grade, Belle Vernon Middle School

Grand Visions
by Zoé Soteres
12th grade, Winchester Thurston

The Battle of the Exes
by Erin Brody
11th grade, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

Purple Ocean
by Sebastian Mueller
9th grade, Pittsburgh CAPA

Field Trips & Other Information

For more information about the Young Playwrights Festival, contact Katie Trupiano, at or by calling 412.431.4400 x225.