Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
Most playwrights can only dream of having their shows performed at the Kennedy Center. For three PWCS students, that dream is a reality. Tyler Econa, Leah Ican, and Candace Todd, all seniors at Woodbridge High School, are three of the six winners of the 2019 Very Special Arts (VSA) Playwright Discovery Competition. This nationwide competition encourages students in middle and high school to write plays that explore life with disabilities, using experiences and observations from their own lives.
Econa, Ican, and Todd had the honor of having their one-act plays performed at the Kennedy Center over spring break. The performances were of Econa’s “The Factor” and Ican and Todd’s “Vitamins.” This opportunity provided the students with the chance to work with and learn from professional playwrights, directors, and actors while their shows were produced for performance on the stage.
Other projects that Econa has produced have been recognized at the national level by Scholastic and Writopia Labs. Econa plans to study writing for film and television at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia this fall.
Ican and Todd, friends since first grade, are no strangers to writing one-acts and having them performed in a competition setting. Their one-act on domestic violence was performed at the Virginia Theatre Association One Act Competition this past fall. Both students plan to pursue their love of theatre after graduation. Ican will be attending Northern Virginia Community College and studying production design in film, and Todd will make time for theatre while studying statistics and data sciences at Penn State University in the fall.