PlayGround to debut short plays by 4 teens as part of this weekend’s Zoom Fest event

Town Crier Report

The works of four teens who have won PlayGround’s Young Playwrights Contest are slated to debut online 8 p.m. Friday, performed by professional actors.

The plays will be streamed as part of the San Francisco-based playwright incubator’s PlayGround Zoom Fest.

The winning short plays include “Aren’t You Clever?” by Katherine Ioffe (Design Tech High School), “American Dinner” by Leela Kiyawat (Oakland School for the Arts), “If Only We Were Humen” by Tiffany Liu (Cupertino High School) and “Safe Way” by Sarah Schecter (Oakland School for the Arts).

Their works cover topics including toilet paper hoarding, rainforest threats, coming out during a family dinner and mythological high-stakes chess.

Bay Area high school students in grades 9-12 are invited each year to submit short plays for the contest. The top four playwrights receive professional public staged readings of their winning short works.

Billed as the nation’s largest livestreamed new works festival, PlayGround Zoom Fest will feature more than 50 plays, readings, films, shorts, panels and more, streamed over Zoom through Sunday.

To stream the festival and for more information on PlayGround, visit

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