Bala Cynwyd Middle School eighth grader Katherine Fang and Lower Merion High School senior Mira Ghosh were recently selected as winners in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' (PYP) 2019 Mouthful Monologue Festival. Their entries were two of only 18 monologues chosen by a panel of judges out of more than 600 submissions from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.
For their efforts, Fang and Ghosh will have the opportunity to see their monologues come to life on stage at Philadelphia's Drake Theater directed and performed by theater professionals in a series of shows running February 28-March 9. For show dates, times and ticket information, click here.
Fang's monologue, entitled In My Dreams, deals with what it's like being the new kid and trying to fit in. Fang narrates the life of a young woman constantly switching schools, and with each new environment creating a new persona. After all of the code-switching, this young woman is forced to find her real self, buried deep beneath all of other identities she has created.
Ghosh's piece – The Never-Baby – explores "the struggle a woman endures while trying to get pregnant and the brutal reality of a miscarriage – topics that are often thought of as taboo in society. The Never-Baby tackles the heartbreak, anger and self-blaming that a young woman experiences as she gets her period every month, each one a reminder of her lack of pregnancy and the never-babies that live inside of her, and the one real baby for which she truly longs."
Since 1987, Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) has partnered with educators to bring the transformative power of playwriting into classrooms and community settings across Greater Philadelphia. Placing students at the center of their learning, PYP's intensive writing residencies advance writing-based literacy skills while developing critical 21st century skills like creativity, communication, and collaboration.