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Press Release for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

UNF Department of English Presents 2016 Playwrights’ Project

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director  

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida’s Department of English will present “The Playwrights’ Project: Original Plays for Young Adults” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the John E. Matthews Jr. Computer Science Building, Building 15, Room 1304.


This theater event represents the culmination of a community-based transformational learning dramatic writing project. Student writers in this year’s Playwrights’ Project visited a class of students at Robert E. Lee High School. Through improvisation and theater games, UNF writers sought to discover their burning issues—problems young people face in a complex world.


The result of this collaborative effort is an evening of original 10-minute plays written and directed by UNF students. The plays address issues such as bullying, teen pregnancy, parental expectations, poverty, suicide, racial identity in America and the effects of social media on identity formation. Playwrights address these issues through the lens of drama, parody and comedy.


Produced by Dr. Pam Monteleone, UNF professor of English and drama, the cast features UNF students and staff, high school students and members of the Jacksonville and Beaches communities.


Performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UNF Department of English at (904) 620-2273.