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YouTheatre hosts event for young playwrights

Flat Rock Playhouse's YouTheatre will host a playwriting workshop for middle and high school age students at the at the Playhouse Downtown from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The workshop, FAST-PACE PLAYMAKING: Unloosing Ideas Waiting to Get Free, will feature I. B. Hopkins, a freshman English/Theatre Major at the University of Georgia. A native of Gainesville, Ga., Hopkins has been recognized for his dramatic writing by Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, the International Thespian Society, and Young Playwrights, Inc. His plays and musicals—including The Goatman Cometh and South of Someplace, both anthologized by Samuel French Inc.—generally focus on issues facing 21st century Southerners.

Students who attend will be able to apply what they learn towards the Voice of Tomorrow Playwriting Contest, which is celebrating its 20th year.

The theme this year is RESPECT: Learn/Give/Get. The contest is open to 7th through 12th grade students in Henderson County. First and second place entries will be selected. The playwrights receive cash honorariums made possible by the generous patronage of Jim Hall and Investors Realty Group.
The winning entries will be read before an audience on April 15 at Flat Rock Playhouse.
All forms are available on the YouTheatre website. Go to and click on "Info and Forms".
To reserve your spot at the workshop and for more information about the workshop or playwriting contest, email or call 828-693-3517. Playhouse Downtown is located at 125 South Main Street.