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all for One honors young playwrights

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 9, 2022

Young playwrights have been recognized as all for One Productions announced its playwright festival winners.

Among the winners from the 14th annual Young Playwrights Festival are:

Kindergarten-second grade: Winner: Ashley Lawson (Angels); Runner-up: Paisley Kiteck (Courageous vs. Evil)

Third-fifth grade: Winner: Cherish Kiteck (Why Books Are Better); Runner-up: Madelyn Cwanek (The Two Kings)

Sixth-ninth grade: Winner: Ezekiel Reynolds (The Time Crypt); Runner-up: Jude Parks (The Hidden Deed)

10th-12th grade: Winner: Allison Cwanek (Writer’s Block); Runner-up: Alexis Keysor (A Bewitching Song)

The winning plays will be produced onstage at the PPG ArtsLab during the theater’s Gala Celebration weekend May 6-7.

Cast completed for Slaughterhouse-Five

Indiana Musical Theatre Foundation has announced the cast for the Fort Wayne premiere of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

Among the actors for the April 15-24 show at RKF Studios, 2446 Lake Ave., will be Brian Schilb, Brad Beauchamp, Dustin Hornbeak, Curtis Shaw, Kristen Holt, Quentin C. Jenkins, Jake Wilhelm, Eric Smead, Daniel Woodruff, Maggie Leavell, Matt Faley, Skyler Neuhaus, Chad Burris, Alanna Gough, Anya Smead, Tessa Burris, and Eden Timms. 

Fort Wayne Arts Festival seeking artists

The Fort Wayne Arts Festival at Jefferson Pointe is taking applications for an exclusive juried outdoor festival showcasing the master works of local and regional artists. 

Offerings will include an array of works in clay, fiber, photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, metal, wood, glass, printmaking, and drawing. 

To be considered, artists must submit a completed application, images of their work, and a $25 non-refundable jury fee by May 6. Notifications of acceptance will be sent June 3. 

The festival will be Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept.11, from noon-5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Applications are available at,

the Jefferson Pointe Mall office, or by emailing

Call made for storm drain painters

Clean Drains Fort Wayne: Be River SmART is seeking 33 local artists of all experience levels to paint storm drain art murals in 13 sites downtown and in 20 neighborhoods all over Fort Wayne in a three-year partnership between Friends of the Rivers and City Utilities. 

 The collaboration puts a spotlight on the role of the storm drain in protecting our waterways communicating this year’s message: “Only rain in the drain.”

 Application deadline is May 1, and selected artists will be notified in June. Painting will take place July through September, depending on the drain’s location. Apply at

Closing receptions at Wunderkammer

Wunderkammer Company, 3402 Fairfield Ave., will present the closing receptions of three current exhibitions, “The Mark & Cindy Renshaw Collection,” “Fort Wayne Sister Cities Taizhou Photography,” and “Creative Community,” a local ceramics group exhibition. 

According to a release, the exhibitions represent the breadth and depth of the community’s connections and provide a cross section of the many creative talents residing in and native to the greater Fort Wayne area. The exhibitions will close Friday, March 11, with a reception at the gallery from 6-9 p.m. 

Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Suggested donation is $2.

Pulled from Darkness  screening at Embassy

Embassy Theatre will hold a pre-release screening of the film Pulled from Darkness on Saturday, March 12.

Inspired by a true story, the film is about a Ukrainian mother who was sold into trafficking after her husband lost her in a card game. 

The film’s prison scenes were shot in Embassy Theatre, and other scenes were filmed throughout Fort Wayne. 

Writer/director/producer George A. Johnson has filmed other movies in Fort Wayne, including Homeless for the Holidays in 2009.

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