Seven J-DHS Playwrights Featured in Syracuse Stage Livestream — May 12-15

A record number of J-DHS writers will be featured in this year’s Syracuse Stage Young Playwrights Festival which will stream digital performances of student plays and other performance pieces over the course of four nights this week, starting tomorrow May 12 and running through Friday, May 15. Of the hundreds of plays submitted from schools across Central New York, twenty-one J-DHS students were recognized as quarter-finalists, semi-finalists, and finalists in the competition.

Live watch parties will start at 7 PM each night through the Syracuse Stage Facebook page with all eight semifinalist performances on Tuesday and Wednesday and the eight finalist performances on Thursday and Friday. Facebook accounts are not required to view the performances. If you aren’t able to catch the performances live, don’t worry. Syracuse Stage will also post each night of the festival on its YouTube page the following morning.


Tuesday, May 12 at 7 PM

The Perfect Princess, by Ryleigh Lenning
Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Grade 12

The Undo Button, by Brook Hulbert
Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Grade 10

Safe, by Sophia Schultz
Christian Brothers Academy, Grade 12

Scatterbrained, by Brianna Ballard
Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Grade 12

Wednesday, May 13 at 7 PM

Piece by Piece, by Samuel Phillips
Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Grade 10

The First Day, by Krysha Pierce & Ivana Pierce
Auburn High School & Tyburn Academy, Grade 11

The Cavern Blues, by Patrick Schmitt
Christian Brothers Academy, Grade 12

Dream School, by Alice O’Connor
Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Grade 10


Thursday, May 14 at 7 PM

Hope Remains, by Janelle Little
Christian Brothers Academy, Grade 12

An Unfortunate Presidency, by Ivana Pierce & Ailish Cuthbert
Auburn High School, Grade 11 

Agoraphobia, by Lili Czerniak Linder
Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Grade 10

Thunder, by Piper Moskow
Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Grade 10

Friday, May 15 at 7 PM

A Pretentious Play about Crossword Puzzles, or, Why “Ally” has Two Meanings, by Evan Youngs
Camden High School, Grade 11

Dye-ing Inside, by Abby Morgan
Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Grade 12

Running, or, Till Death Do Us Part, by Rebecca Fitzgerald
Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Grade 10

Shut up, Brian!, by Luke Queri
Christian Brothers Academy, Grade 12


The following J-DHS students received quarterfinalist recognition in this year’s contest.

  • Lucy Ferrick, “Two Men in a Boat” — Grade 10
  • Demarco Lopez, “I’ve Got A Plan” — Grade 10
  • Nathan Fox, “USA” — Grade 10
  • Abby Morgan, “Recess” — Grade 12
  • Hannah Fuchsberg, “My One Mistake” — Grade 9
  • Sondrine Blusk, “CAR” — Grade 11
  • Emma White, “Coffee Shop” — Grade 10
  • Samuel Kim, “A False Reality” — Grade 10
  • Emily Gorczynski, “Long Time Best Friends” — Grade 10
  • Wyatt Weiss, “Train Ride” — Grade 10
  • Danny Amoako, “The “Perfect” Robbery” — Grade 10
  • Rachel McCloud, “You Don’t Know Me” — Grade 9
  • Alethea Shirilan-Howlett, “An Apple a Day” — Grade 12
  • Shiela Phoha, “The Old Switcharoo” — Grade 10

For more information about the Young Playwrights Festival, see our article about the 2019 contest.

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