EdWatch: Student playwrights' work comes to life

By Amy Cherry 8:47pm, March 11, 2014 - Updated 9:56pm, March 11, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with student playwright Lily Kaisir about her show and her inspiration.
Student playwrights get an authentic audience and a creative outlet for their writing.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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Seven young, aspiring playwrights see their words come alive on the big stage.

Lily Kaisir, a senior at the Charter School of Wilmington, was one of the winners of the Delaware Theatre Company's Young Playwrights Festival.

Her play, "The Intruder in Apartment 4B" tells the story of a young writer, who breaks into his literary idol's apartment, on a desperate search for approval.

"I see myself in everything I write. It's a little narcissistic. I think all writers are like that in some sense; I do search for validation," she said.

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Writers had a theme to serve as their inspiration: "It might seem small to you, but you change the world with everything you do." Cab Calloway junior Saryu Chennat's play is called "The Diner."

"This play kind of deals with how two people can meet and have this sort of chance conversation that ends up really meaning a lot to them.

"Has that happened in your life?" I asked.

"No, but I kind of wish it did more. I'm always kind of fascinated by that," said Chennat.

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Though their plays are different both writers agree it's hard to hand off their work to actors.

"I think about where are they going to cut the play, and is it going to be a sudden stop at a cliffhanger. That's hard because it's something that you've put all your effort into, and it's like your child," said Kairis.

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Chennat says handing over your play can be nervewracking, but she's excited to see how her show plays out.

"It's never going to turn out exactly how you wanted it to, and writing the play is just one piece of everything else, so I think it's sometimes hard to realize that you're only one part of a bigger thing," said Chennat.

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The playwrights were chosen from more than 100 submissions from students up and down the state.

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