Writopia Lab’s 11th Annual

Worldwide Plays Festival

Founded in 2010, Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival is an annual Off-Broadway festival of one-act plays written by playwrights ages 6 to 18 and produced, designed, directed, and acted by New York theater professionals.

Thanks to the support of generous donors, Writopia Lab's Worldwide Plays Festival is now in its 11th season and is open to more writers than ever before.

The festival includes plays written in workshops at Writopia’s labs across the country and plays submitted to our competition from playwrights around the world! Comedies, musicals, monologues, historical dramas, tear-jerkers, and thought pieces — all written by the talented young playwrights of tomorrow.

This season, we will be releasing these 40 produced plays as a podcast rather than live performances. Podcasts will be recorded in separate video chat sessions with the actors, director, and writer present. The festival includes plays written in workshops at Writopia’s labs across the country and plays submitted to our competition from playwrights around the world! Comedies, musicals, monologues, historical dramas, tear-jerkers, and thought pieces — all written by the talented young playwrights of tomorrow.

Worldwide Plays Festival 2020

This Year’s Theme:

Heroes and Monsters: PLAYS AGAINST FEAR

Now in our 11th season of the Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival, we challenge our playwrights to write towards the monsters — be they internal, external, systemic, real, or imaginary — and vanquish them. A monster can be a voice inside your head that tells you something negative about yourself, the bully at school, a negative feeling that pervades the air inside your home or neighborhood, the politician on TV, the pollution in the water, or a made-up creature causing havoc. In these 9 minute plays, we also want to challenge our playwrights to understand the monsters as well as the heroes, unpacking the fear that creeps at the edges. What does this ‘monster’ really want, and why? What do I learn by trying to understand them?

Festival Performances

Where: Online! For our 2020 Worldwide Plays Festival we are recording podcast episodes of the 40 plays we are producing this year.

When: ASAP! Each podcast episode will include four play recordings and will be released weekly.

Our 2020 Podcast Play Productions

    Episode 1 June 15, 2020

  • There's A Monster Under My Bed!... Written by Stella Pyrovolakis, Age 11
  • It's for the best... Written by Emmanuella Chukwumeze, Age 13
  • Even your enemies can become your friends... Written by Nabiha Islam, Age 10
  • A Fine Line... Written by Sarah Rubinstein, Age 12

  • Episode 2 June 22, 2020

  • Face to Face... Written by Sarah Waring, Age 17
  • Cammie of Michigan, Talita of America... Written by Karen Wu, Age 15
  • Big... Written by Maggie Odom, Age 18
  • Kidnapping... Written by Chrystel Figueroa, Age 14

  • Episode 3 June 29, 2020

  • Chapstick and the Six Year Old Mind... Written by Dalia Mullens, Age 12
  • luna & renee... Written by Eavan Anderson, Age 12
  • The Morose Machine... Written by Julia Barney, Age 11
  • Sage & Zahir's Crazy Basketball Monster Dad Play... Written by Sage Abbey, Age 11 and Zahir Chapelle, Age 11

  • Episode 4 July 7, 2020

  • Shifted Perspectives... Written by Stefania Schoen, Age 18
  • How to be Beautiful... Written by Isabelle Orr, Age 15
  • Rebel, Rebel... Written by Foster Schrader, Age 16
  • Coffee Spoon... Written by Lydia Schultz, Age 17 and Claire Anino, Age 18

  • Episode 5 July 14, 2020

  • The Wrath of Magma... Written by Orla Hockman, Age 6
  • Terry: The Fourteen-Year-Old Girl Eating Plant... Written by Jo Wallace-Segall, Age 9
  • The Least Likely Monster... Written by Masua Chaiken, Age 9
  • Speaking Up... Written by Leila Cisse, Age 13

  • Episode 6 July 21, 2020

  • Fantastic Gymnastics... Written by Aliyah Reinisch, Age 10
  • Stupidious, the Monster Slayer... Written by Catalina Cornicioiu, Age 11
  • IDK... Written by Maya Angiello, Age 10
  • Man Vs. Snake... Written by Robbie Kluger, Age 13

  • Episode 7 July 28, 2020

  • Nievete... Written by Timia McCoade, Age 16
  • One Big Step... Written by Viola Hsia, Age 17
  • The Cherry... Written by Jordan Ferdman, Age 17
  • The Smallest Heroes... Written by Sierra Blanco, Age 17

  • Episode 8 August 4, 2020

  • Room 118... Written by Suryansh Mansharamani, Age 13
  • Core Your Peel the Love Tonight... Written by Stella Kross, Age 11
  • The Heroes in My Life... Written by Maya Glick, Age 11
  • Expo... Written by Jaden Jacoby-Cooper, Age 14

  • Episode 9 August 11, 2020

  • Job Interview... Written by Isabella Ferrajina, Age 15
  • The Snow Outside the Window... Written by Tyler Buckser-Schulz, Age 14
  • Away for the Weekend... Written by Hunter

  • Episode 10 August 18, 2020

  • The Tale of the $10.00 Dollars... Written by Tiffany
  • A F’ed Up Ghost Story... Written by Sharin
  • Alicia’s Play... Written by Alicia
  • Chekina’s Play... Written by Chekina

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