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Runs from Saturday May 11 2024 to Sunday May 12 2024

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Jane B. Cook Theatre
5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL 34243

Show Notes


Sixty-five high school students from the Gulf Coast area have submitted 53 plays for the 2024 student playwriting festival. The eight finalist plays will be brought to life May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and May 12 at 2 p.m. at the FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts in Sarasota. The Festival’s Best Play as determined by a panel of judges will receive the $1,000 Verna Safron Prize. Runner-up receives $500 .

The presentation of awards will be immediately following the May 12th performance.

Another Statistic
by Giovanni Porreca
Manatee School for the Arts (Palmetto)
In a drab office at what may be the gates of heaven, a young man who has killed himself is interviewed by a clerk with his own troubled past.

As Red Pearls Adorn the White Rose
by Chloe Johnson
Booker High School (Sarasota)
Emily convinces a boy that the spirit of his girlfriend Aurora, who recently died in a car accident, now possess Emily, allowing their romance to continue.

by Delaney Lockwood
Venice High School
A high school teacher conjures up historical figures as she makes a lesson plan.

The Coffee Shop of the Gods
by Seamus Kehoe
Humanity has abandoned the Gods and they gather in a coffee shop to discuss just ending the world!

by E’Nayshja Cousins
Lake Gibson High School (Lakeland)
In a mental hospital, three teenagers with very little knowledge of each other engage in a conversation that takes a very dark turn.

No Entry
by Dylan Humphrey
Gibbs High School (St. Petersburg)
Medieval England, Circa 980 AD. Two knights chat as they guard the door they have been commissioned to guard for the day. They are interrupted by a woman who seeks entry and discover it is not the home they thought.

One Last Reflection
by Jaylen Benony
Booker High School (Sarasota)
In a place between heaven and hell, the elder, adult, teen and child self argue their case to an Angel for entrance to heaven.
Something Fishy
by Patrick Van Eyck
Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School (Bradenton)
In a household full of cats, a pet goldfish goes missing and fingers begin pointing.

All performances are held at the FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

For more information, go to Theatre Odyssey-Twelfth Ten-Minute Student Playwriting Festival

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