Glen Allen HS student has play she wrote performed at local playhouse

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Dominique Dowling is only going into 12th grade but she’s already a playwright. It was a dream-come-true for the Glen Allen High School student.

“I was so excited,” Dowling said.

Her play, 47B, is a story of seven teens and their unique struggles.

“They are tasked with writing about themselves and things that they go through that society doesn’t think teenagers go through,” Dowling said.

Dowling actually wrote it when she was just a sophomore. She was one of the winners in the 2017 School of Performing Arts in Richmond Community New Voices competition.

“I believe it was 150 plus people who submitted their plays and they pick eight winners. I was one the winners,” she said. “Me and my mom were crying.”

47B was performed on stage Friday night at the Shafer Street Playhouse as part of the 28th annual Festival of New Works.

The cast and crew of the show they are impressed with the work.

“Not only am I astounding by their incredible talent at such a young age but also their humanity,” said Andrew Ballard, a program assistant with New Voices.

“To be able to take this new work and really make some something of it. That was really valuable to me,” said actor Genna Markee.

If you didn’t make her show Friday night, you can see still see the shows from some of the other young playwrights Saturday at 7 p.m.

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