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Young Playwrights Inc. is presenting the 24th annual Young Playwrights Festival, a three-week engagement of new plays by writers aged 18 or younger, through May 27th at Off-Broadway's Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street). The evening of three fully-staged one-act plays opened on May 17th after beginning performance on May 9th.
 
Young Playwrights Festival XXIV is an evening of three fully-staged one-act plays. These include FreezeFrame, written by Deborah Yarchun and directed by Richard Caliban; Los Angeles Lullaby, written by Kit Steinkellner and directed by Valentina Fratti; and Suicide Club, written by Miriam Eichenbaum and also directed by Fratti. The festival features performances by Janine Barris, Laura Breckenridge, Teddy Eck, Mike Hartman, James Miles, Nathalie Nicole Paulding, Patricia Randell and Jedadiah Schultz.

"Set at a Philadelphia college, FreezeFrame is an electrically-charged techno-pop drama that focuses on how to freeze a man's soul and the apocalyptic reversal of the earth's magnetic poles," state press notes. "In Los Angeles Lullaby, a young woman struggling to mother her new baby girl finds herself becoming a little girl again when forced to confront her brilliant – yet emotionally absent – father. In Suicide Club, after an uncharacteristic attempt at suicide in the school bathroom, Brigitte – the witty 'good girl' – ends up in the contradictory world of the so-called 'bad girls' in a Catholic girls' school."

 Founded by Stephen Sondheim, Young Playwrights Inc. is the only professional theater in the U.S. devoted solely to writers under the age of 18. Young Playwrights Festival XXIV is dedicated to the memory of playwright Wendy Wasserstein.

Young Playwrights Festival XXIV plays 18 performances, May 9-27, with shows Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and are now available through TicketCentral.com at (212) 279-4200, or in person at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre Box Office. Student rush tickets are available for $10 and can be purchased at the Box Office 30 mintues before each performance.
For more information, visit www.youngplaywrights.org.

Photos by Gerry Goodstein


Teddy Eck and Nathalie Nicole Paulding in FreezeFrame


Jedadiah Schultz and Janine Barris in FreezeFrame


Jedadiah Schultz, Nathalie Nicole Paulding, Janine Barris and Teddy Eck in FreezeFrame


Laura Breckenridge and James Miles in Los Angeles Lullaby


James Miles and Mike Hartman in Los Angeles Lullaby


Mike Hartman and Laura Breckenridge in Los Angeles Lullaby


Nathalie Nicole Paulding, Patricia Randell and Laura Breckenridge in Suicide Club


Janine Barris, Nathalie Nicole Paulding and Laura Breckenridge in Suicide Club


Nathalie Nicole Paulding in Suicide Club


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