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2012 Featured Plays and

2012 Featured Plays and Playwrights

April 23

***Plays on this night are family-friendly and appropriate for all audiences.***

What happens when a robber comes up empty-handed?
Chris Chio explores a frustrating day in the life of a thief in his hilarious play, Robbed.

Chris is in the eighth grade at MacFarland Middle School. 

Annie the Almanac is in trouble, and only her true love, Benjamin the Book, can save her! Library books come to life in The Book and the Restless by Aayanna Collier.


Aayanna is in the fifth grade at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School.

Silena Sky by Ashley Harris tells the story of a young spy looking to prove her worth by shutting down an evil drug company. Silena must defeat her nemesis, Dr. Lexa, in order to save the day and earn the title of “Silena Spy”.

Ashley is in the fifth grade at Watkins Elementary School. 

Julie Kashmanian’s Polished is a hilarious tale of sibling rivalry. Leah just wants to paint her nails. Jo just wants to wash her hair. A struggle over time in the bathroom becomes “possibly the strangest near-death experience ever recorded."

Julie is in the eighth grade at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program.

Kenny’s lifelong dream is to make it snow in his town. Unfortunately, he lives in New Mexico. What will happen when Kenny confronts Mother Nature herself about the lack of snow? Find out in Shawn Lee’s whimsical, sardonic play Frozen Cactus.

Shawn is in the ninth grade at Ballou High School.

The Magic Bracelet by Carmela Pascale tells the story of Eloise, a young girl picked on by a group of bullies. But Eloise has a secret weapon: her bracelet holds amazing powers. Join the adventure as Eloise takes a stand against bullying.

Carmela is in the fifth grade at Bancroft Elementary School.

Miranda Pomroy’s play Mr. Pig explores the strange and wacky things that happen after school’s out. When a science experiment gets out of control, will Mason and his teachers be able to save the school?

Miranda is in the fifth grade at Watkins Elementary School.


April 24

***Plays on this night contain mature content and may not be appropriate for children under thirteen.***

In The Stranger, Sam Burris deftly personifies the feeling of fear as a character, depicting the struggles of a recent war veteran. Follow Lieutenant Parker as he tries to leave “Fear” behind and start a new life as a civilian.

Sam is in the eighth grade at Swanson Middle School.


Carlos and Jose by Kevin Callejas thoughtfully explores the public mistrust and fear of teenagers through the experience of fifteen-year-old Carlos. When Carlos has a run-in with a mall security guard, will he stand up for his generation and be seen as more than a stereotype?

Kevin is in the ninth grade at Wakefield High School.


In The Alligator Summer, Nana Gongadze weaves a charming coming of age story. Will wants nothing more than to enjoy the lazy days of summer, but his mother insists that he get a job. Join Will and his best friend Jane as they navigate their journey into adulthood.

Nana is in the eighth grade at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program.


Rosina Paz-Castillo explores the psyche of a young woman struggling to overcome cancer in her play In Times of Pain There’s Trouble. Joanne’s desire to enjoy the time she has left causes her to clash with her mother, Jill. How will a friendship with another teenage cancer patient affect Joanne’s outlook?

Rosina is in the Eleventh Grade at Edmund Burke School.


In Under Pressure, Erin Powers tells the story of Nikki’s struggle to make friends and stay out of trouble during her first week at a new high school.
Will Nikki make the right decisions even if it means losing the only friends she has made so far?

Erin is in the eleventh grade at Bell Multicultural High School.




2012 Finalist Plays and Playwrights


Dustin Cleaver Must Die by Madeline Aguilar, Lincoln Middle School

Blessing in the Storm by Christian Bullock, Bell Multicultural High School

Isabella and David by Diana Castillo, Bell Multicultural High School

Hispanic Ninja and The Knight by Daniel Garcia and Jeffry Williams, Powell Elementary School

The Big Race by Lillian Keller, Bancroft Elementary School

Where’s Ma? by Elsa Lazo, Bell Multicultural High School

The Wall That Has No Mercy by Evan McLean, H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program

Untitled by DeSharda Montgomery, Fillmore Elementary School

Two Sisters by Kai-Lan Olson, H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program

Super Ness Save the World! by Paola Rivera, Plummer Elementary School

Destined for One Love by Milkyas Tessema, Bell Multicultural High School

Best Friends are Forever by Anna Vargas, Swanson Middle School

Two Worlds by Helen Villegas, Lincoln Middle School

Cassie’s Own War by Ellie Williams, Maret School