NEWS & NOTES
Two Bryn Mawr Students Honored at Center Stage In May, two Bryn Mawr students were selected as honorees in the 2015 Young Playwrights Festival hosted by Baltimore theater Center Stage. Liza Plant ’19 and Mia Boydston ’23 were two of only ten area students whose plays were selected to be performed by professional actors at Center Stage in late May. The Center Stage honorees ranged in age from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and came from many different Baltimore schools. Like the other honorees, both Plant and Boydston loved watching their words come alive on stage. “This entire experience has been so cool, and the support I got was incredible,” said Plant, an eighth grader at Bryn Mawr. “Plus, I loved watching someone perform something I wrote.” Plant’s monologue, submitted as part of Center Stage’s “My America/My Baltimore” project, featured a young gay man who struggled to live in a homophobic world. “I wanted to write about something that other people could relate to,” she said. Boydston, a fourth grader whose play “The Monster at the Border” tackled the difficult topic of illegal immigration, said the experience broadened her view on writing plays beyond just fantasy. “It has made me realize that there are definitely things in real life that you can base your plays on,” she acknowledged. “I heard about what is happening to girls and boys in Central America who are trying to cross the border to America for a better life, but are instead caught and put into dog cages. I was so saddened and decided to write my play about it.” Boydston explained that her parents inspired her involvement in theater because they used to be stage managers together. When they found out that she won, she said, “They even let me have extra dessert because it was so special and they were so proud of me!” Both girls said the experience was more than just exciting and fun. “It has definitely made me feel more confident in my work,” Plant said. “I would love to do more things involving theater and writing in the future.” Boydston also used this as a chance to improve her theater and writing skills. “When I saw the performance I got even more ideas, and so I added onto the script,” she
ABOVE TOP Center Stage actors perform a play written by Mia Boydston ’23. ABOVE LEFT Liza Plant ’19 at the Center Stage reception. ABOVE RIGHT Boydston works with an actor at the read through of her play.
explained. “It came out so well, and the performance was everything I had hoped for; I was so happy.” These young writers spent time both in and out of school working on their plays. They have also taken advantage of many opportunities to be involved in musicals and plays, both at Bryn Mawr and at Center Stage summer camps. And while Plant’s monologue was a requirement for her Bryn Mawr drama class, she said, “I definitely would have done it anyway because I had a really good time writing it.” Both Plant and Boydston said that this opportunity has encouraged them to continue their involvement with writing, acting, and Center Stage. “I want to continue writing for a long time,” Plant said. “Even if I don’t win, it’s just fun to write.”
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