EETC Young Playwrights Festival: Winning Entry

Expect Exceptional Theatre Company is very pleased to announce the EETC Young Playwrights Festival winning play for 2021

The Christmas Heist

by Setareh Roshdibenam of Rossland, B.C.

“I’ve been writing ever since I was little, trying to type out half-developed stories about dogs and trees on the family desktop. My love for performance and entertainment began when I joined my elementary school’s choir, and later our cast for The Sound of Music — a classic! Writing and theatre are both wonderfully expressive outlets for emotion to me, because it gives me the power to make a fleeting thought come alive as something others can enjoy. That’s why I jumped at the chance to write a play for my drama class’s Christmas performance, and later, followed my teacher’s guidance to submit it to this contest. Theatre and storytelling are two of my biggest passion, so I hope to continue them throughout my life — whether as a career (ideally!), or as treasured hobbies.”

In addition to the $500 first prize:

–  Assistant Artistic Director of the Arts Club Theatre and this year’s festival adjudicator, Stephen Drover, will be working with Setareh on the winning play over the next few weeks.

–  A Public reading and workshop of the play facilitated by Katheryn Shaw, long-time Artistic Director of Studio 58, is planned for May, 2022.

Registration for the workshop will be announced soon. This is an opportunity for participants to take part in the reading as well as being an integral part of the new-play process.
There will also be an audience “talk-back” so we invite the public to join us at this exciting event.

We would also like to thank our Short-list Jury with special thanks to Michael Armstrong our Juror Workshop Facilitator.

No other prizes were awarded for 2021.