Spend an evening with young, talented playwrights whose theatrical endeavors showcase the creative abilities of local elementary, middle school and high school students. The "17th Annual Young Playwrights Festival of Bergen County" will be performed at Bergen Community College on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus. Directed by Bergen professor Mary Clifford, the winning plays will feature acting students from Bergen Community College. The performances are open to the public. Admission is free.The winnings entries scheduled for the evening's performances include:
· "No One Won," by Claire Lazar; Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Fairlawn
This poignant piece tells the story of what it means to be a patriotic American and the effects that war has on families who are worried about their loved ones.
· "Coffee, Pennies, and Apostrophes," by Bridget Irvine; River Dell High School, Oradell
This is a hilarious farce about a small town bureaucracy and the value of seemingly, unimportant things in people's lives.
· "Feminism Is Always In Style" by Joelle Fedele; River Dell High School, Oradell
This play tells the story of how a mysterious woman helps a group of high school girls learn how to fight for women's rights.
· "Upstage" by Kate Moore Heaney; Bergen County Academies, Hackensack
This dramatic story depicts how a struggling playwright becomes obsessed with the main character in his play. The deeper into "madness" he descends, the more concerned his friends and family become with his actions.
Festival organizers received over 70 submissions from area students in grades three through 12. Along with the four winning entries, six plays received honorable mention recognition.
Mary Clifford, a professor of theatre and speech at Bergen Community College, initiated the Young Playwrights Festival of Bergen County in 1991. She has directed performances in educational, community, and professional theatre. At Bergen Community College, she has directed over 20 student productions, in addition to the annual play festival. Clifford is also the founder and artistic director of The Illustrious Theatre Company in Warwick, NY, now in its 7th year. As a member of Actor's Equity, she has acted in regional and summer stock theatre. Additionally, Clifford is a produced playwright.
About Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling more than 15,000 students in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree programs and certificate programs. More than 10,000 students are enrolled in non-credit, professional courses through the Division of Continuing Education, the Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center, located at 355 Main Street, Hackensack, and Bergen at the Meadowlands, located at 1280 Wall Street West, Lyndhurst. Information about the College is available at www.bergen.edu or by phoning the Welcome Center at (201) 447-7200.