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Outdoors and in, lively and intimate, Penguin’s vibrant summer lineup includes new scripts, new directors, and an emphasis on the now.

Ages 14-22
Submissions due Tuesday, June 4 at 8pm.

Dance Nation by Clare Barron is a dynamic, surreal Pulitzer Prize Finalist. The dark comedy centers the adolescent female experience, exploring pre-teen sexuality and mental health through an army of young competitive dancers plotting to take over the world. The show will perform on August 30 at the Center Theatre.

How do we – as victims and perpetrators – move forward after tragedies? Penguin Ambassador Alphie Alloway makes his solo directing debut with Israel Horowitz’s Lebensraum, a wildly theatrical, piercingly intelligent play grounded in empathy that asks: What if Germany had promised six million Jews citizenship and employment in response to the Holocaust?

Penguin’s Finding Trails festival returns for a 4th year with Finding Trails: On Wheels, centering youth playwrights and directors. Four teen playwrights will develop new short plays inspired by our relationships with public outdoor spaces, all the things with wheels we use in these spaces, and all the ways they’re used. The teams will receive support from eight professional directing and playwriting mentors. The plays will perform at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater on July 13 at 11am as part of the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival, and the Mural Amphitheatre in Seattle Center on July 25 at 5pm as part of Artists at the Center. Applications opening soon!

Watch a Show

Two volunteers participating in a clinical drug trial struggle to determine if they are falling in love or merely experiencing the drug’s side effects. THE EFFECT is an intimate drama exploring the messy relationship between our chemical and emotional states. The play will perform at 1:30pm on May 25 at The Vera Project as part of the Northwest Folklife Festival. Tickets are available for free at the door.

Content warning: this play contains strong language, mature sexual content, flashing lights, depictions of seizures, and discussions of depression as well as suicidal ideation.

Love is in the Air is a new short comedy-drama written by teen playwright Meredith Weaver and directed by Fish Harrison. The play will perform on June 1 at 2pm in Seattle Rep’s Leo K. Theater as part of Seattle Rep’s 2024 YouthFest.

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