Congratulations to team Youngblood for the stunning victory in this year's BATTLE OF THE BARDS! Emily Conbere wrote a stirring deconstruction of the Odysseus legend, in the form of a brand new musical recasting Odysseus as a struggling playwright. Nine minutes, five great performances, a dude in a dress, an out of tune guitar, and some shameless pandering later, the celebrity panel of judges gave us the win!
Also big congrats to all the other Youngblooders in the BATTLE - Mike Lew writing for Ma-Yi Writers Lab (winner of the audience choice applause-o-meter award!), Sharyn Rothstein writing for New Georges, and alum Ross Maxwell writing for Partial Comfort. All in all, four of the seven entries were written by Youngblooders. And our quest for world domination continues (if by "world" one means "the off-off-broadway new theater scene").