This winter the Playwrights Project will produce its 31st Annual Festival of Plays by Young Writers at The Old Globe, featuring winning scripts from their California Young Playwrights Contest for ages 18 and under. Of the 269 submissions, four scripts will receive professional productions in full, and two scripts will receive staged readings at the festival. All of this year’s playwrights happen to be female, and each of their scripts involves personal discovery – including that of 92130 resident and contest winner, Emily Midgley.

Emily, a 16-year-old student of The Bishop’s School, has been recognized for her play, The Aquittal. The play features a dystopian society in which the protagonist discovers hidden forces of evil used to ensure the blind compliance of the people. The production will be directed by George Yé. As a featured playwright, Emily will also be mentored by Aleta Barthell. The festival will run from Jan. 23 to 31 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Learn more at www.playwrightsproject.org.