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Young Playwrights’ Work Takes Center Stage At The Old Globe

Actors rehearse

Credit: Ken Jacques

Above: Actors rehearse "A Life or Death Situation" by Sofia Miller as part of the Plays By Young Writers Festival in an undated photo.

Young Playwrights' Work Takes Center Stage At The Old Globe


Ruff Yeager, artistic director, Plays By Young Writers Festival

Sofia Miller, playwright, "A Life or Death Situation"


The best student playwrights in California are getting the chance to see their work come to life this month as part of the annual Plays By Young Writers Festival.

Students from elementary to high school compete each year by submitting their work to the San Diego-based Playwrights Project. The top plays are staged for the two-week festival.

“Younger playwrights, because they may not know the rules yet, they have a greater access to their imagination,” festival artistic director Ruff Yeager said. “They’re not as self-conscious.”

Two of this year’s winners are from San Diego: Aisling Archdeacon, 11, from Carlsbad; and Sofia Miller, 14, from San Diego.

Miller’s play, “A Life or Death Situation,” is getting a series of staged readings as part of the festival. Miller will see the performance for the first time on Thursday.

“I’m very nervous,” she said. “I know what to expect because I’ve been a part of the process. But I’m very nervous about the reaction to it.”

The festival runs through Saturday at The Old Globe.

Yeager and Miller join KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday with more on the Plays By Young Writers Festival.

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