Pendragon Theatre announces winners of Young Playwright Contest

SARANAC LAKE — After reading over 40 plays submitted by high school and middle school playwrights, a team of professional actors, directors and writers have chosen the winners of the contest portion of Pendragon’s Young Playwright Festival.

In the high school category, first place goes to Adalyne Perryman (the 2016 and 2017 winner) from Lake Placid High School for her play titled “Outside the Wind,” with the runner-up being Claire Liew, also from Lake Placid, who wrote “Ghost Finds a Computer.”

The first place middle school submission is “The Illusory Life of Mr. Brite” by Galen Halasz from Saranac Lake with runner-up going to Maxwell Schaeffer, of Plattsburgh, for the play “First Class.”

Last fall, Pendragon put out the call to middle and high school students to submit original, 10 minute long one-act plays on a subject of their choosing. The theatre also held playwriting workshops at area schools. The plays were due in February and the judges have spent the past few weeks reading and voting on the favorites.

The judges read the plays unaware of who wrote them. That said, this is the third year that a play written by Adalyne Perryman has been chosen as a winner.

The winning playwrights will work with a creative team including director Jordan Hornstein, designers, and actors to develop and stage the scripts.

The festival culminates in a full performance of the winning plays and a script-in-hand public reading of the runners-up on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Admission is free.

Pendragon is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake.

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