Wayside Theatre has announced the winner of the Young Playwrights' Competition is Libby Powell, a senior at Sherando High School in Stephens City. She won for her play "Death at a Bus Stop." As the winner, she will receive a $100 gift card from First Bank, two tickets to a play of her choice in Wayside's upcoming season, the T. Carter Fussell Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and a professionally produced public staged reading performed on the Wayside stage.
The runner-up is Kayla Borden from Musselman High School in Bunker Hill, W.Va. for her play "How it Starts." She will receive a $50 gift card from BB&T Middletown and two tickets to a play of her choice in Wayside Theatre's upcoming season.
The winners were chosen by a panel of readers on Wayside's staff, who read and judged the plays without knowing the identity of the playwrights.
Powell has been heavily involved in Wayside's educational programs. Past involvement includes stage managing Young Performers' Workshop classes, writing for the fall Emerging Artists production of "Mary Shelley: A Spark of Being," and stage managing fall and spring Emerging Artists productions, including the current production of The Tempest.
Powell has been accepted to Mary Baldwin College on a scholarship to study theater.
A staged reading of "Death at a Bus Stop" will be presented at 7 p.m. April 30. The reading is open to the public and admission is free. The staged reading will be directed by Wayside actress Thomasin Savaiano. The cast will feature professional actors, including Karen O'Connell, Brandon Shockey and Josh Shelor, all currently in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Wayside, and community actors, including Ann Heap. There will be a talk back afterward with Powell to ask questions and provide feedback. The Young Playwrights' Competition is sponsored by First Bank and BB&T.
At Wayside, the month of April is dedicated to Education and the Arts. Wayside hosts a variety of educational opportunities through the Education in Action program and is putting the spotlight on these opportunities throughout the month of April. The Young Playwrights' Competition will be the closing event to Education Month at Wayside.
For more information, call 540-869-1776 or visit www.waysidetheatre.org.