1/15/13 Wilmington, DE –– Delaware Theatre Company is pleased to recognize the following plays and playwrights as finalists in the 2012-2013 Delaware Young Playwrights Festival:

Connected by Lily Kairis, Charter School of Wilmington

Going Up by Ben Walker and Nina Krauss, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

The Great Debate by Rebecca Oberschmidt, Charter School of Wilmington

Lakeside View by Saryu Chennat, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

Major Change by Sarah Todaro, Owen Stecca, and Jesse McCann, St. Elizabeth High School

The Truth About Us by Khiara MacElree, William Penn High School

This year’s DYPF theme, “You’ve got to be carefully taught,“ was taken from the upcoming Delaware Theatre Company production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.  High school students participating in DYPF were asked to write a play in which a character grapples with reconciling what he or she was taught early on with what that character experiences later in life.  The six finalist plays were selected to receive additional guidance for development through a series of workshops led by professional theatre artists at Delaware Theatre Company.  The playwrights of these plays will continue to refine their work in the coming weeks to prepare for a culminating performance at DTC on Monday evening, February 25, 2013, during which all of the plays submitted will be honored and one play will be selected as the winner of the 2012-2013 Delaware Young Playwrights Festival.