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Tim Trumble

Childsplay in Tempe is coordinating with the Rising Youth Theatre in Phoenix to participate in a national playwright contest focusing on topics related to bullying.

The Young Playwrights for Change competition is a nationwide event in which young, aspiring playwrights write about bullying tied to classroom, school and community settings. To localize the project, Childsplay and Rising Youth are sponsoring a regional playwriting competition for students in grades six through eight. The participants will write a 10-minute play about bullying, and the winner will have their piece submitted to the national competition.

The person who wins at the national level will have his or her play presented for a stage reading with up to four professional actors and a director at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Childsplay and Rising Youth will host free workshops at their respective locations with playwrights Dwayne Harford and Lou Clark. Childsplay, which is located at 900 S. Mitchell Drive in Tempe, has workshops scheduled for Oct. 19 and Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. each day, while Rising Youth, located at 1202 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix, has one planned for Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.

Submissions for the regional contest are due by Dec. 18 and should be submitted to For more information about the contest, visit

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