Accomplished Carmel Valley teen’s writing career continues to flourish
By Kristina Houck
Carmel Valley playwright Devyn Krevat will soon see her script come to life.
And she’s only 17 years old.
The Canyon Crest Academy senior’s “Fairy Tale” will debut in March during Playwrights Project’s 29th annual Plays by Young Writers festival, which features winning scripts from its California Young Playwrights Contest.
“It’s so rare to get something put on stage,” Devyn said. “This is a crazy opportunity.”
Playwrights Project received 165 contest submissions from students across the state. Four scripts will receive full professional productions, and five scripts will receive staged readings. All contest participants who requested feedback received individualized written critiques.
“It’s exciting because winners get their play produced in a professional theater with professional actors and professional designers,” said Program Manager and Producer Derek Livingston, who spearheaded the evaluation process. “They get to go through the whole process of playwriting — writing a play, having it chosen, sitting in on production meetings, working with the director, watching it in rehearsal and ultimately seeing it on stage in front of an audience.
“There is no greater chance for a playwright of any age to develop as a writer than to go through that process. To do so at such a young age is tremendously helpful.”
The roughly 20-minute play, “Fairy Tale,” features a narrator who fights for control as traditional fairy tale characters defy their prescribed roles.
Devyn wrote a 10-minute version of the play two years ago, during a writing camp at Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth. She submitted a revised version to Playwrights Project.
“The narrator is trying to tell the story, but his characters are acting out against him because they’re not happy with the situation that they’re placed in,” she said. “They’re kind of tired of it.”
Founded in 1985, Playwrights Project reaches as many as 15,000 people each year through a variety of programs for children and adults.
Devyn discovered her passion for playwriting when the nonprofit organization held a writing workshop at Solana Pacific Elementary School. Then a sixth grader, she won a staged reading of her first play, “Case of the Missing Pencil Tips,” in 2007.
“Theater is the only art form where you have that connection with the audience — to have them present and responding,” she said. “It’s cool to write a play and then see it put on.”
Devyn is founder and president of her school’s Creative Writing Club, which launched its annual CCA Writers Conference in 2012. In addition to writing, she enjoys playing piano and guitar. She plans to study mathematics and playwriting in college.
“Devyn is a very bright young woman,” said Livingston, who has worked in theater for 25 years. “She really knows and has a sense of when things are working and when the story isn’t being told quite the way she imagined or hoped. It is very exciting to watch her because she is almost a professional at this point, having done this process before.”
The festival will take place March 6-16 at The Sheryl and Harvey White Stage in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe.
General admission tickets cost $20. Discounted tickets for seniors, students and military cost $15. Opening night and reception tickets cost $50.
To purchase tickets, call 858-384-2970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Playwrights Project, visit www.playwrightsproject.org.
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