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Phillips’ Mill names winners of student playwriting challenge


Drama at Phillips’ Mill has announced the six winners of its 2024 student playwriting challenge, “Play With Words.”

Only in its second year, “Play With Words’” 2024 entries tripled those of last year. They were “…all of remarkable quality and competition was fierce!” offered Play with Words coordinator Fran Ferrone.

Excepting grade 8, all grades 7 through 12 are represented this year – a range of young life perspectives that promises a robust theater experience when the winning plays are performed in live staged readings at the historic Phillip’s Mill at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

Theatre Resident Griffin Horn will host the event and share his insights on playwriting with the audience. Admission is free, donations are encouraged, and registration is recommended. Reserve your seat at

Congratulations to winners Corinne Brintnall (grade 7, Tohickon Middle School); Avigail Wus (grade 9, Pennsbury High School); Saskia Cooper (grade 10, Pennington School); Srikar Pothuraju (grade 11, West Windsor High School); Finn Anderson (grade 12, Upper Dublin High School – who participated last year) and Matilda Bray (grade 12, Solebury School.)

Bray was a winner last year, and her work – including her book “Under the Moon as my Sun” – has been widely published. She competes regularly at open poetry competitions.

Play With Words was developed to encourage students in grades 7 through 12 to explore playwriting as a means of expressing their creative ideas. Plays are juried by professional playwrights, and each student receives a written professional commentary.

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