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Photos by Jennifer Boomer.


Co-presented with Marfa Independent School District

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7pm (doors at 6:30)

Crowley Theater



One of our most anticipated events of the year, the 7th Annual One-Act Plays.

This electrifying, standing room only night of theater is the culminating event to our weeklong 7th Annual Playwriting Workshops with the Marfa High School held in April. We presented four award-winning student one-act plays written by students with our 2018 playwright in residence Diana Burbano.


Under Burbano’s tutelage, each student penned their own original one-act play. One winning play and one honorable mention was chosen from each grade and awarded prizes. The winning plays were presented to the public with actors from the community. Last year, nearly eighty plays were written during the writing workshop by students and submitted for consideration for final selection. Since the program launched in 2011, students have written almost 800 plays.


The annual Playwriting Workshop and One-Act Plays support the Marfa Live Arts’ mission of bringing the performing arts to West Texas, educating the area’s youth, and bringing the community together. This program has become the cornerstone of Marfa Live Arts’ education program and exemplifies the mission of our organization.

“When students are given the creative tools to reach and expand, they end up searching deep within, finding their authentic voice, which is a powerful resource that can serve them all their lives,” says Marfa Live Arts' Director and the program's founder Jennie Lyn Hamilton, “I believe these artistic learning opportunities have a long-lasting impact on the overall educational and emotional development of these exceptional students.”


As part of participating in the playwriting program, Burbano also served as a judge in reviewing the student written plays. Playwriting classes were offered to the school at no cost and the public performance will be free and open to the community.

Grand Prize Winning Playwrights:
12th Grade - Intento Fallidos by Edwin Baca
Performed by: Nick Bustillos and David DeLaO

11th Grade - La Dama Del Poncho Rojo by Ana Guerra
Performed by: Rosario Chacon as CHEVELA VARGAS

10th Grade - Te Quiero by Kimberly Soto Torres
Performed by: Gaby Carbello, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Cinderella Guevara

9th Grade - StandStill ISD by John Aguero
Performed by: David Beebe, Oscar Agüero, and Rae Anna Hample

Honorable Mention Winning Playwrights:
12th Grade: What I Wish I Could Say by Crystal Catano
11th Grade: Sacrifice by Kaci Flores
10th Grade: A Great Supercomputer by Jarad Forristal
9th Grade : A Day in the World of Christian by Christian Davis
9th Grade: Dear Mom and Dad, An Open Letter by Shelby Laviers
Excerpts performed by: Yoseff Ben-Yehuda and Emma Rogers

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Marfa Live Arts and the 7th Annual One-Act Plays are generously supported by the Marfa Education Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Texas Women for the Arts, Hotel Paisano, City of Marfa. This program could not be realized without the collaboration of Marfa Independent School District’s Superintendent Oscar Aguero, Principal John Sherrill, PhD and educators Linda Ojeda and Mary Mois. Special thanks to Big Bend Sentinel, Tim Crowley & Emily Williams of Crowley Theater, Rob Crowley, Vicki Barge, Joe & Lanna Duncan, Mayor Ann Marie Nafzinger and Delfin & Minerva Lopez.

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