By APH Staff—This semester our 25 Play Production students will be participating in the New Noises Playwriting Festival at Boston Playwright’s Theatre of Boston University. Our students will be writing their own original 10 minute plays to be submitted for the festival.  Two of our students will be chosen by a panel of Boston Playwright’s Theatre Company Members to have their plays rehearsed and staged by professional theater artists from the Boston area on the day of the festival, April 25th.  The festival will be an exciting day of creative celebration for all of our students culminating in performances of our two plays along with eight more from four other participating area high schools.

As part of this fantastic festival, we were visited by Boston area playwright Bill Lattanzi.  Mr. Lattanzi is an accomplished television documentary writer, producer, end editor. His extensive track record of success includes science and history programming for cable (Discovery, History, Nat Geo, TLC); PBS (Nova, American Experience; and the web (Shoetube.tv).

His awards as a playwright include the John Gassner Award for Best New Play and The Massachusetts Cultural Council Award.  He has taught at Brandies, Bentley, and MIT.

Mr. Lattanzi spent the first of two workshops with our students today and will return in mid-March.  He will be working with the students to shape ideas, critique drafts, and help provide skills and techniques to create dramatic writing.