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Neko Parham, VH1’s Single Ladies and Spike Lee Film, extends his expertise to the Young Playwrights Festival to embrace emerging young playwrights from ATL to NY


Neko Parham, Acclaimed Actor/ Director set to appear in upcoming episodes of

VH1’s Single Ladies and Spike Lee Film, extends his expertise to the

Young Playwrights Festival to

embrace emerging young playwrights from ATL to NYC.  
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Atlanta, Georgia (pitchengine.com) November 2011- Atlanta theaters and entertainers help make the dreams of 8 talented young playwrights become a reality in preparation for the 3rd Annual Young Playwrights Short Play Fest. The world premiere of six new plays will be featured on the Alliance Black Box Theatre Stage during the 2011 Young Voices With New Visions Short Play Festival, Saturday, November 5th at Woodruff Arts Center for two exciting showcases at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.yvnvplays.org/apps/webstore/products/show/2615522 with all proceeds directly benefiting Young Voices With New Visions and the work they are doing to empower future generations.



This marks the 3rd annual YVNV Short Play Fest which grants stage productions to the winners of the YVNV “Write A Dream” Short Play Competition adjudicated by Susan Watson, Prof., Lehman College, Kimberly Harding, Prof.,Florida A & M, Sydne Mahone, Prof.,University of Iowa, and Janice Liddell, V.P. for Academic Affairs, Atlanta Metropolitan College. Founding Producer, Pamela-Faith says, "Collaborations like these provide exciting opportunities for young people to premiere new plays, showcase local talent, and provide backstage/tech experience for high school and college students. 2011 marks the first time that the YVNV Short Play Fest will be held at the prestigious Tony Award-winning theater. We are especially excited to have Neko Parham, TV &film actor/director  join the YVNV team.”



The six selections comprise a variety of styles and genres. The Saturday Afternoon Showcase (3:00pm) will feature plays by elementary school students.  Neko Parham will direct MILITARY MIRACLE by Annie Echemendia, Julia Metz, and Alyssa Walter, a post 911 Christmas drama about a young girl and her military dad. The Evening Showcase (7:00 pm) will feature plays by middle and high school students. Many of the students with the exception of Zaphira Matthews (winner from Bronx, NY) attend Fulton County Schools including Riverwood High School, Sandy Springs Middle School and Woodland Elementary School.



YOUNG VOICES WITH NEW VISIONS SHORT PLAY FEST was envisioned by Founder/Producing

Director Pamela-Faith Jackson as a means of giving voice to young playwrights in a nurturing creative

environment. The Young Voices With New Visions Short Play Fest provides a haven for audience

members and artists alike to share in the new play development process. For additional information surrounding the Playfest and Young Voices With New Visions visit www.yvnvplays.org.



Special thanks to:



Alliance Theatre Education Department, Mask Theatre, Tri-Cites Performing Arts High School, Riverwood High School Theatre Department, Neko Parham, and songstress Faye Raye.

Celise Kalke, Alliance Theatre Director of New Projects, Chris Moses, Director of Alliance Theatre Education Department, Tony Loadholt, Director Visual/Performing Arts Magnet Program, Dawn Axam, Dance Coordinator for Tri-Cities HS Magnet Program, Mary Vanderhoek, Director of Riverwood High School Theatre Program who all shared the vision for expansion of the YVNV new play development program.



MEDIA CONTACT:

T-3 Concepts

Sareena Beasley

PR@T-3Concepts.com


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LISTING INFORMATION

YOUNG VOICES WITH NEW VISIONS SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

Plays by Kids, About Kids, For You produced in association with Alliance Theatre Education Department


Woodruff Arts Center

1280 Peachtree Road N.E. • Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Saturday, November 5, 2011



Afternoon Showcase 3:00 - 5:00 PM



MILITARY MIRACLE

Written by Annie Echemendia, Julia Metz, Alyssa Walter

Post 911 Christmas drama about a young girl and her military dad.

Produced by Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School

Directed by Neko Parham



A Change In My Life

Written by Jaila Williams

An emotional depiction of parent's breakup as seen through the eyes of a child.

Produced by H. E. Holmes Elementary School

Directed by Faye Raye



OLD MAPLE

Written by Rayna Richardson

A sweet environmental play about an endangered tree.

Produced by Alliance Theatre Education Department

Directed by Rachel Jones

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Evening Showcase 7:00-9:00 PM



BROKEN HEARTED BEAUTY

Written by Gianna Scerbo

A lyrical look at the affect of alcoholism on an innocent child.

Produced by Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School

Directed by Faye Raye



GHOST OF THE LIVING

Written by Zafirah Matthews

A spine-tingling thriller about suspicious circumstances surrounding death of a parent.

Produced by Mask Theatre

Directed by Sandra Hughes



MY BODY, MY SOUL

Written by Grace Ivey

A stark look at the clues left behind after teen suicide.

Produced by Riverwood High School Theatre Department

Directed by Caelyn Sutton

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