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Morton Ranch senior featured in playwright festival

Karen ZurawskiMay 23, 2019

Morton Ranch High School senior Amado Velasco received an April 1 email saying that his one-act play had been selected to be performed in the Student Playwright Festival organized by Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.

“I called my mom and said, ‘Mom, I won,’ and she said, ‘Are you sure?’” Noting that it was April Fool’s Day, he said, “It could be the greatest thing ever or it could be the meanest joke ever.”

Turns out it’s one of the greatest things ever. His play “Staff Meeting from Hell” is one of three selected for the second annual festival.

Trevor B. Cone, executive director of Dirt Dogs Theatre Co., explained the selection process. “We have a team of panelists made up primarily of mentors and executive members of Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. who are given a list of criteria by which to score the plays based on a number of elements.”

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