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CBK Student Wins Monologue Contest at Philadelphia Young Playwrights Annual Festival

CBK _ PYP winnerCedarbrook student Ingrid Kary won the middle school monologue contest at the recent Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) annual playwriting and monologue festival with her work “The Observations of Incognito 111288,” a fresh twist on the classic ‘alien on Earth’ trope, which includes Tiktok, Marco Polo and galactic pig meat. 

Chosen from 420 submissions from students in 35 different schools, Kary’s monologue is a comedy and sci-fi fusion, which follows Incognito 111288, an alien from Glopip, who observes the strange quirks of Earth’s people and societies. With great dismay, they learn human’s odd ways can be quite endearing. 

Cedarbrook second place monologue honorees include:

  • Adora Abdul, “Discriminate”
  • Sadie Michaels, “Not What She Seems”

Cedarbrook third place monologue honorees include:

  • Helen Dugan, “False Hope”
  • Vivian Greene, “Possessed”
  • Marlowe Miller, “Matinee”
  • Sarah Rann, “Foie Gras, the Thief for the Ducks” 

In all, Cheltenham School District students claimed six first place winners - three in the elementary school play category, one in the middle school monologue category, and two in the high school playwriting category. Each of CSD’s seven schools claimed a placewinner. 

The work of six CSD winners from the playwright and monologue contests will be performed on YouTube as part of the PYP’s virtual triple-bill SaturPLAY on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Each year, PYP invites students to submit their plays to the annual playwriting festival. Plays are considered by the literary committee—a collection of nearly 70 program alumni, artists, staff, teachers, and others—who read and write individualized responses to every play. Literary committee members recommend a number of outstanding plays to be considered for further consideration by two additional groups of readers, pre-final committee and final committee. At the final committee, the panel chooses winning plays, including those that will be produced for public presentations. Those students are invited to continue to revise and develop their plays in partnership with theater professionals for production, a series we call the Play Development Series.