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Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival

36th Annual

June 6-June 8, 2014

A Dobama tradition, the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival (MBKPF) celebrates its 36th year this season!  Hundreds of plays are written and submitted by kids throughout Cuyahoga County, grades 1 – 12.    Dedicated to the memory of Marilyn Bianchi, the festival is the nation’s first event of its kind, encouraging kids to celebrate the fun and joy of live theatre! 

Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival performance days:

Friday, June 6:  Opening Night Benefit 7:30 pm – Tickets $25
Saturday June 7, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm – FREE and open to the public
Sunday, June 8 , 2:30 pm – FREE and open to the public


The Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival is open to all kids in Cuyahoga County, grades 1-12, whether home-schooled or attending a public, private or charter school.

Plays must be the original work of the student who is submitting it. No collaborations, adaptations or copying from movies, TV, books, video games or other plays. Teachers and parents can offer advice, such as “This play doesn’t have an ending”, but they should not help with the story line, characters or dialogue.

The play may be any category: comedy, drama, mystery, fantasy – wherever your imagination leads you. The Festival is limited to non-musical plays (but scripts may call for brief music or song as part of the action).

Each play will be read by at least 3 readers. Prizes will be awarded on the basis of imagination and human values as much as playwriting skills. The age and grade of the playwright will be taken into consideration by the judges.


Plays must be typed. No handwritten plays will be accepted.

Please include a title page that has: the title of the play, your name, address, phone number and your school and grade. Your name and age should not appear anywhere else in the play.

Make sure each page of the play is numbered and contains the title of your play – but not your name.

You can submit your play in one of three formats: A Word document, a PDF, or a hard copy (i.e. , a paper copy).

Email the Word file or PDF of your play AND a copy of the entry form to

If you wish to submit in hard copy, please paper clip (no staples) one copy of the play and the entry form and mail it to: Dobama Theatre, Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118.

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2014.

Winners will be notified by May 1, 2014.

Click here for Entry Form word doc

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