Thursday, January 2, 2014

Connecticut Arts Connections

HARTFORD STAGE:
Hartford Stage announces their participation as a regional competition host for Young Playwrights for Change: The Anti-Bullying Project. The project invites middle school students to write and submit 10-minute plays that explore the topic of bullying by Jan. 17.

The mission of this project is to harness the creativity of young playwrights and bring focus to real world issues. Young Playwrights for Change seeks to spark meaningful conversations about bullying in classrooms, schools, and communities that will ripple across our nation to provoke change.

As a regional host, Hartford Stage will select the top three plays to receive Honorable Mentions at the Write On Annual Young Playwrights’ Competition Staged Readings, and each play will receive staged readings at a Hartford Stage Youth Studio Showcase.

The second place play will receive a special one-on-one session with professional playwright and Aetna New Voices Fellow Janine Nabers.

The first place play will also receive a special one-on-one session with Janine Nabers, will be published in an anthology of works by young authors, and the play will be submitted to the national competition hosted by Theatre for Young Audiences USA and American Alliance for Theater and Education.

The national grand-champion at the national competition will win a trip with two family members to Washington, D.C. to hear his or her play read by professional actors at the Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices pre-conference.

For more information, please visit www.hartfordstage.org/young-playwrights-change. To submit a 10-minute play, email play and entry form to Aurelia Clunie,aclunie@hartfordstage.org by Jan. 17.

WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
Westport Country Playhouse will continue its 2013-14 Family Festivities Series with “Dino-Light,” a heart-rending original tale about Darwin, a friendly dinosaur, on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 1 and 4 pm, recommended for age 5 and up. Tickets are $20. Everyone in the audience requires a ticket: 203-227-4177; 888-927-7529; www.westportplayhouse.org.

THE O'NEILL THEATER CENTER
The O’Neill will receive $55,000 to support the continued development of new work during its 2014 National Playwrights and National Music Theater Conferences.

WESLEYAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Title of Event: The Assembly - “HOME/SICK”
Location: CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace. Middletown
Date: Thursday, January 30 and Friday January 31, 2014 at 8pm
Fee: $23 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355

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