VSA arts seeks submissions for the Playwright Discovery Program, which invites middle and high school students to write a one-act play about disability.

The program encourages students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others and express their views through the art of playwriting. The selected play will be professionally produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the selected playwright will receive $2,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to see his or her play performed.

For the VSA arts Playwright Discovery Program, playwrights may draw from their own experiences or they may choose to write about an experience of someone they know or a fictional character. Young playwrights of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Students may submit their individual work or they may collaborate with a group or class of students.

Entries must be one-act plays of 40 pages or fewer. They should be original, unproduced and unpublished at the time of submission. VSA arts will accept plays that have had previous readings or workshops as long as they were not produced for a paying audience and have not been publicly reviewed.

Budding playwrights can find guidelines and applications at vsarts.org/playwrightdiscovery. Deadline is April 15.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.