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 January 17, 2014.

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, 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 January 17, 2014.

History of Hartford Stage: Now in our 50th Anniversary Season, Hartford Stage is one of the nation's leading resident theatres, known internationally for producing classics, provocative new plays and musicals, and neglected works from the past, as well as a distinguished education program that reaches 21,000 students annually. Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation's most distinguished awards, including a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Margo Jones Award for Development of New Works, OBIE awards, two New York Critics Circle Awards, a Dramatists Guild/CBS Award and an Elliot Norton Award, and has produced nationally renowned titles, including the Broadway productions of Enchanted April and Our Country's Good and the Off-Broadway productions of The Orphans' Home Cycle and The Carpetbaggers Children. On November 17, 2013, the Hartford Stage production of A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder will open at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway.

The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Hartford Stage's offerings include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses.

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