Posted by Samantha Herman
If any city can appreciate the creative, youthful minds, it's the city of Portland. Our liberal arts degrees and our cravings for unadulterated, undiscovered talent make us the ideal audience for the student writers at PlayWrite, an organization that encourages youth from all around the city to find their voices. And these are some mighty powerful voices that will become reality, thanks to a group of professional actors.
Open Meadow Middle School student Latifah Denton is only 14, but the themes in her seven-minute play prove that she is wise beyond her years. “My play is about a Venus fly trap and a jack-o-lantern working out life's problems,” she says of her upcoming theatrical debut. One of the major challenges she faced throughout this project was “really trying to make it personal, but able to be understood by others.” There is no doubt that her steadfast attempts to engage the audience will not have been in vain.
So come to the World Trade Center Theater on Monday evening at 7:30p to enjoy an evening of free, live entertainment. They may not be as refined or polished as the plays performed in Keller Auditorium by large traveling companies, but like any good sproutarian will tell you, often things are just better in the raw.
PlayWrite Public Showcase Performance (website)
World Trade Center Theater | 121 SW Salmon – Portland
May 18, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Sam Herman is a freelance writer and part-time server who narrowly escaped from an administrative cubicle job in 2008. It's a good thing, too, because the florescent lights were rotting her brain. See what she's managed to eke out of her remaining gray matter at samanthaherman.weebly.com