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"I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did to make the reading this past Sunday so incredibly special for me. Sincerely, it was a dream come true and I could not have asked for anything more. I am so thankful and humbled by the tireless work you put into making it a reality, all just to provide me with a memorable, life-changing experience (which, by the way, it was). I couldn't believe how much work and thought you had put just into analyzing my script, which shows a level of respect that most writers my age never get from professional adults."
Philip Anastassiou

Everyone has a favorite musical or play. They can sing "Defying Gravity" with gusto, or quote "I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy Loman." with pathos. But, "Wicked" and "Death of a Salesman" were both brand new works at one point in their illustrious histories. And you can bet your broomstick, these plays grew through intensive and rigorous phases of development to be the masterpieces they are.

Typically, development of a new theater piece involves numerous readings and numerous rewrites. Ultimately, when the play is on solid ground and is ready to be presented to producers, directors, and artistic directors all shopping for the next big show, it will make its debut in the form of a Staged Reading. Here, the words of the playwright, book writer, lyricist, and the melodies of the composer, will take their first public steps. It's a magical launching point from which the piece will continue to grow until it reaches its official opening night.

Spring 2014 Program

Check back shortly for more details about how teens can submit their finished one-act play for our 2015 Youth Theater Series Teen Playwright Showcase. Meanwhile, read all about our 2014 Showcase, to get an idea of how this unique program works.

Stage Scene & Song Performing Arts 2014 Youth Theater Series Teen Playwright Showcase presented a

NYC Staged Reading on May 18th, 2014 at The 13th Street Repertory Company, NYC of the new play by Philip Anastassiou

About Of Misanthropy

Of Misanthropy is a dramatic piece of magic realism, set in a dystopian universe where a Greek chorus of four mothers (The Maternal Chorus) buries their children seconds after they are born to protect them from a life of destitution. After their High School graduation, an 18 year old Girl and Boy rendezvous at this miserable cemetery and, after much pressuring by the Boy, plan a little tryst at his home. This sets in motion a tragic meeting later, between The Maternal Chorus, the Boy, and the Girl, who is now about to give birth. In a battle of will, love, and hope, the Girl and the Mothers brace for a fight to the death over the life of this new child. This play is a theatrical meditation on love, motherhood, and what makes life worth living. The play deals with mature subject matter and language.

"The cast perfectly embodied the characters, and with such grace too. The theatre had such a historic charm to it and was a perfect home for this play. Basically, I have no words with which to properly thank you, the cast, and everyone else who gave up their time to help with this project. There is nothing more I want to do with my life than write theatre and this experience has filled me with an even stronger sense of necessity to pursue this crazy dream of mine. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Phillip Anasstassiou

Featuring (in alphabetical order):
Leigh Adel Arnold, Valerie David*, Brandon Essig, Amanda Hilson,
Valerie Issembert*, and Ivy Livingston
With Karen Asconi

Photos by Steve Hess

Meet playwright Philip Anastassiou

Philip Anastassiou is an 18-year old senior at the Bergen County Academies (BCA,) studying theatre at the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in New Jersey. He has won numerous awards for both his prolific catalogue of plays an d for his work as an actor. His play Two Men Alike received a National Gold Medal from the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and a professional staged reading at The New School for Drama presented by the acclaimed theatre group Story Pirates. His play Good News! was the winner of the 30th Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and the 2013 New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education for playwriting, later professionally produced by Premiere Stages Theatre at Kean University. Also, his play Goobie Ist Tot was awarded the Theater Project’s 2013 Joseph Curka Award for Young Playwrights while his plays Death to Lord Larry and Yuv Gat Alot To Lurn each received a regional Silver Key from the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Playwright Showcase 2014

Special Thanks to June Rachelson Ospa of Big Apple Voices,
and Sandra Nordgren and Edith O’Hara of The 13th Street Repertory Company

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Additional Contest Opportunity for New Jersey High School Playwrights

The Theater Project, a professional theater company in Maplewood, New Jersey, invites high school playwrights to submit one act plays or excerpts from longer works. Winners’ plays will performed by professional actors at an awards ceremony.   

For more information about the Young Playwrights Competition.