New Voices: Workshop Productions – Nia

Philadelphia Young Playwrights is performing New Voices: Workshop Productions, a production of the winners of the 2010  Annual Playwriting Festival plays Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30pm, Friday, Nov. 5 at 8pm, and Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2pm and 8pm. I am more than ecstatic to be able to attend and experience the hard work so many students put into these plays.

I am especially happy to be there to support Gina Dukes, writer of God Makes No Mistakes. Gina is a student of Science Leadership Academy, grade 11, and has been a good friend of mine since grade 6 . She has always been an inspiring writer and has been very enthused about getting the chance to participate in Philadelphia Young Playwrights thanks to Mr. Block, an English teacher of Science Leadership Academy. I am glad to know that Philadelphia Young Playwrights is helping her achieve her dream because Gina really does deserve it and I am truly proud of her accomplishments.

In addition to being there as a supporter, I am also going with my colleague Alaya White to get a chance to see the behind-the-scenes action of setting up for these plays. Alaya and I will be attending the Saturday matinee and the luncheon with staff and winners of Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Saturday, I plan to interview student playwrights, actors and audience members on their takes of the various plays. I also will be making videos and taking pictures to catch the general experience of putting on a great show so everyone can get a feel for the hard work and dedication of the people involved in this program. I am sure Alaya and I will have a great time together enjoying everything Saturday will have in store for us. So if you think you can make it, the Saturday, November 6, 2010 matinee performance is 2pm-4pm and the evening performance is 8pm-10pm. I assure you that you will be pleased with the work the many students of Philadelphia put together.

– Nia Berry


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