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Cedarbrook Student Chosen for Philly Young Playwrights New Voices Production at Temple

lotze(October 3, 2023) Cedarbrook student Sylvie Lotze’s monologue, “No Turning Back,” is one of only five pieces chosen by Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) for the New Voices production. Lotze’s monologue, along with the other winners, will be performed five times at Temple University’s Randall Theater between October 12 - 21. Lotze worked with professional directors to bring the monologue to life.

Lotze’s piece, “No Turning Back,” follows a man who finds out that his favorite ice cream flavor—the Royal Reese’s Brownie Blizzard—was taken off the Dairy Queen menu, and goes ballistic.

Each year, Philadelphia Young Playwrights invites students to submit their plays and monologues to its 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 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. 

This year, winning works were selected from more than 600 submissions from 30 different schools to be a part of the production at Temple. Student playwrights have the opportunity to be present in the rehearsal process, and work with local professional directors and actors to bring their writing from page to stage.

In partnership for more than 30 years with Temple University, PYP’s multi-generational teams of artists take on winning plays written by middle school and high school students. Bringing the new play development process to life for artists and audiences alike, New Voices offers a glimpse of the freshest new plays written by the next generation of great writers, artists, and thinkers.

More information here.