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Moreno Valley teen’s first play bound for San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre

By in Press Enterprise on December 3, 2017

By Melanie C. Johnson

Tan’yeasia Brewster began creating worlds as a fifth-grader when she started writing short stories.

The Moreno Valley resident always knew she loved writing.

What she didn’t see coming was that her first attempt at playwriting would win her an award and the chance to see her play performed on a stage inside San Diego’s historic The Old Globe Theatre.

The 17-year-old senior at Nuview Bridge Early College High School in Nuevo, originally wrote her play “Some-Body” for a theater competition her school attends every year. But it wasn’t chosen.

In June, Brewster entered the California Young Playwrights Contest at her drama teacher’s suggestion. Then she forgot about her entry until learning in October that her play was one of the four — from 432 submitted plays — to get a full professional production at the theater.

“It took me a long time to realize this was actually happening,” Brewster said. “It’s amazing because this is the first play I wrote so far and it got picked right out of the gate.”

  • Moreno Valley resident Tan’yeasia Brewster was one of the winners of the California Young Playwrights Contest. Photo courtesy of Geri Goodale, Reminisce Photography

  • Moreno Valley resident Tan'yeasia Brewster, right, was one of the winners of the California Young Playwrights Contest. From left are Executive Producer Cecilia Kouma, Festival Artistic Director, and Program Director Ruff Yeager. Photo courtesy of Geri Goodale, Reminisce Photography

    Moreno Valley resident Tan’yeasia Brewster, right, was one of the winners of the California Young Playwrights Contest. From left are Executive Producer Cecilia Kouma, Festival Artistic Director, and Program Director Ruff Yeager. Photo courtesy of Geri Goodale, Reminisce Photography

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