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Kreshaun Brooks

Promising Playwright, March 2016

“In your play anything can happen and everyone will love it.”

Kreshaun Brooks effervesces with creativity and confidence. The fifth grader at Moten Elementary School, who enjoys science, math and art in addition to writing, imbues his work with his trademark sense of humor and devises characters whose quick wit jumps off the page.

Before YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program came to Kreshaun’s classroom in 2015, he had not done much writing – “only essays and writing activities.” But under the tutelage of teaching artist Drew Kopas, Kreshaun dove into the playwriting process with joyful abandon. “[The idea] just popped in my head ... so after that I just kept going until boom I had a play,” he says.

That play is Bob’s Halloween, a delightful supernatural comedy about two friends “on their weird, crazy and funny Halloween.” The play captured the attention of YPT’s New Play Festival readers, and will be featured on Night Three of the Festival, April 25 at 7pm at the Logan Fringe Arts Space. 

“I feel so excited that my play will be performed at this year’s New Play Festival,” Kreshaun says. “It will be so awesome seeing something that I wrote really be performed.”

Leading up to the performance, Kreshaun has been revising his play with the help of his dramaturge, Joan Cummins. “Ms. Joan [is] the best in the world,” he continues; “she helped me ... to have the play make sense so the audience will love it even more.”

So is Kreshaun at all worried that Bob’s Halloween won’t leave audience members rolling in the aisles? “Nope, I am 9,000,000% positive my play will be awesome to the core.”

We’re 9,000,000% positive, too! Join us on Monday, April 25 at 7pm at the Logan Fringe Arts Space to experience the magic of Bob’s Halloween for yourself – free and open to the public!