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The New Jersey Repertory Company is offering a unique opportunity for expression, creation, and playwriting. In the next few weeks, they will be accepting applications from students in the area who are willing to write about stories related to Hurricane Sandy and the effects it has had on Jersey shore communities.

Six high school students will be selected to participate in a nine week playwright program. Known as the Young Playwright Project, the program is free and is supported by ArtHelps of the Monmouth County Arts Council (MCAC), The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

Although it has been a year since Hurricane Sandy damaged and ravaged New Jersey’s shoreline, thousands of families are still struggling to rebuild their lives. The NJ Repertory Young Playwrights Project is looking for students to tell stories related to the storm and how it has impacted their communities and families.

Interested applicants may submit a brief writing sample. No previous experience is necessary. The writing samples may be prose, poetry, a play scene or monologue. Those selected will meet Saturdays in February through March at the theater where they will work with a professional playwright, director, and actors to help develop their scripts. At the end of the program, each student’s play will be presented to the public in March.

To apply, visit www.njrep.org/youngplaywrights.htm to fill-out an application and submit a writing sample, 500 words maximum. The application and writing sample should be e-mailed to njrepproject@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is Monday, January 20, 2014. Interviews will be held, and students who are accepted must be able to attend all workshop sessions on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at New Jersey Repertory Company located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch. Lunch will be provided for students.

For more information, applicants can contact Young Playwrights Project Director Wendy Peace at 917-561-9325 or New Jersey Repertory Company at 732-229-3166.

New Jersey Rep is a member of the National New Play Network, The New Jersey Theater Alliance, Theater Communications Group, and the Monmouth and Long Branch Arts Councils. Support for NJ Rep is provided in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey, the Baumol Family Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, the Investors Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Darien Family Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Dramatists Guild Fund, Actors Equity Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the American Theatre Wing.

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