Two Seniors Recognized in Young Playwrights Contest

Two Seniors Recognized in Young Playwrights Contest

Two of WT's most recent graduates, Rivers Leche and Zoe Soteres, earned accolades in City Theatre's 2020 EQT Young Playwrights Contest, a regional, one-act playwriting competition for students in grades 7 – 12. 

Rivers' play, Fracture, was one just three winners in the competition. Here's a brief synopsis of Fracture: "John, a coal miner born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, is deeply conflicted about the death of his abusive father. When his sister Christine, now a lawyer in Philadelphia, returns home to claim the siblings' inheritance, it might just tear the family apart. Stuck on opposite ends of the political spectrum, will they be able to see eye to eye?"

As a winning play, Fracture will be professionally produced by City Theatre as part of the Young Playwrights Festival in January 2021, as well as published in the Young Playwrights Anthology.

Zoe's play, Grand Visions, was one of just four plays recognized with an honorable mention. As an honorable mention recipient, Grand Visions, will receive a staged reading. 

During their time at WT, both Rivers and Zoe were deeply involved in WT's Performing Arts Department and were recognized for their writing in the Scholastic Writing Awards, among other accolades.

Congratulations, Rivers and Zoe!

Rivers Leche(L) and Zoe Soteres (R)


Founded in 1975, City Theatre is closing its 45th season as Pittsburgh's home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side on its four-building cultural campus, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres; its renowned Young Playwrights Festival, celebrating its 20th year; a season-long reading series of new works in progress; and the annual Momentum Festival. City Theatre's mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience.