The Coterie's Young Playwrights Festival Set for 4/24 & 25

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The Coterie's Young Playwrights Festival Set for 4/24 & 25

It's The Coterie's favorite time of the year: World premiere readings from some of Kansas City's most talented teen playwrights will be showcased during the annual Young Playwrights Festival at 7:00 p.m., April 24 and 25, at The Coterie Theatre, on level 1 of the Crown Center Shops. Professional actors, directors and designers work to present a collection of six staged readings, plays and monologues from teen members of The Coterie's Young Playwrights Roundtable.

The highly creative Roundtable brings together a group of select young adults that meet throughout the year to write and share plays. Members of the Roundtable are invited to join after attending a Reaching the Write Minds workshop, The Coterie's citywide in-school program to identify emerging playwrights.

"I am very passionate about this program and these playwrights, especially this year. Their work is really incredible," said Jeff Church, producing artistic director. "Through my work with the Young Playwrights Roundtable, I'm able to stay more connected to The Coterie's target audience and get a fascinating insight into the minds of young adults today."

This year's festival will incorporate six readings into one act. All are recommended as PG and are appropriate for preteens through adults.

Directors for this year's festival are Amanda Kibler, Coterie education director, Brian Gehrlein, and Tosin Morohunfola. Festival coordinator and stage manager is Fiona Carmody and the producer and facilitator of the festival is Jeff Church. Funding for the Young Playwrights Festival is provided by the Sprint Foundation and the Curry Family Foundation.

Admission for the Young Playwrights Festival is $5.00 and reservations are encouraged. Reservations can be made by phone (816) 474-6552, on our website at www.thecoterie.org, or in person at The Coterie Box Office. During Festival performance days, the Box Office will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All seating is general admission and the theater doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

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