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Young Playwrights Festival to kick off June 3 in Hollywood

May 19, 2010 |  5:45 pm

Heathermorris When the Blank Theatre Company launches its 18th annual Young Playwrights Festival next month, the line-up will include 12 plays by dramatists ages 14 to 19 from six states. The festival, which runs June 3 to 27, will take place at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood.

The selected plays range from existential dramas to slapstick comedies. Each playwright is paired with a mentor and director, many of whom have experience in the theatrical or film and television industries.

This year's mentors and directors include playwright David Rambo, Tony nominee Jane Lanier, actress Barbara Bain and the Blank Theatre's artistic director, Daniel Henning.

Actors scheduled to appear in the festival include Heather Morris (pictured), who has a supporting role in "Glee" as the cheerleader Brittany, and Michael Welch, who plays high school jock Mike Newton in the "Twilight" film series.

Also participating in the festival are three actors from two popular Showtime series: Michael J. Willett, who has a recurring role this season in "The United States of Tara," and Lenny Jacobson and Mackenzie Aladjem, who have supporting roles in "Nurse Jackie."

The festival will feature three plays a week, over a four-week period. Keep reading for the full lineup of plays in this year's festival...

"The Ends of the Earth" by Kate Herzlin; "A Simple Proof" by Benjamin Sprung-Keyser; "Allan Chang Is a Totally Bogus Ghost" by Aliza Goldstein; "Rude Awakening" by Marissa Bohrer; "Oliver & Hannah" by Michael Trottier; "Mommy" by Emma Steinkellner; "Sophisticated Broadway" by Danny Barry; "May" by May Treuhaft-Ali; "Hunter in the Snow" by Ava Kofman; "Distance" by Erik Mattos; "A Snapshot of My Family" by Elyse Pitock; "Sexual Harassment From a Banana" by Chase Yenser.

-- David Ng

Photo: Heather Morris, who stars in "Glee" on Fox. Credit: Kevin Winters / Getty Images