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Co-presented with Marfa Independent School District

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

7pm (doors at 6:30)

Crowley Theater


This electrifying, standing room only night of theater was the culminating event to our weeklong 6th Annual Playwriting Workshop with the Marfa High School held in April. We presented four award-winning student one-act plays written by students with our 2017 playwright in residence Georgina Escobar.


Under Escobar’s tutelage, each student penned their own original one-act play. One winning play and one honorable mention were 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 been written almost 500 plays.


As part of participating in the playwriting program, Escobar also served as a judge in reviewing the student written plays. One play from each grade was selected and winners were announced the next week. Playwriting classes are offered to the school at no cost and the public performance will be free and open to the community.


The annual Playwriting Workshop and One-Act Plays supports 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.”


Playwriting classes are offered to the school at no cost and the public performance will be free and open to the community.

On May 1, listen to Marfa Public Radio for a West Texas Talk interview with winning student playwrights and Director Jennie Lyn Hamilton. Tune in live at 6:30pm (CST) at 93.5FM or streaming online.


  • Marfa Public Radio Interview: During the 2015 Playwriting Workshop, Diana Nguyen talked to Jennie Lyn Hamilton director of Marfa Live Arts, Andrew Peters former Superintendent of Marfa ISD, and three of that year’s playwrights including Adrianna Pineda, Huck Roch, and Jeremy Guevara. Broadcast on May 2, 2016.


Marfa Live Arts, the Student One-Act Plays, and the 6th Annual Playwriting Workshop are generously supported by the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Foundation, Marfa Education Foundation, City of Marfa, Crowley Theater. In-kind support provided by Porter's Thriftway, Frama Coffee House, Big Bend Coffee Roasters, and Marfa Brands. Special thanks to Marfa Independent School District, Big Bend Sentinel, Superintendent Oscar Aguero, Linda Ojeda, Amy Lane, Tim Crowley of Crowley Theater, Peggy O’Brien, Rob Crowley, Mayor Dan Dunlap, Delfin and Minerva Lopez, Marfa Public Radio, and Cory Van Dyke. Graphic design by Yoseff Ben-Yehuda. Event photography by Jennifer Boomer

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