THE WAY IT IS was ATC's first Young Playwrights Project topic. There were over 30 submissions from high school and middle school students in the region, and 12 were selected for production. Because of casting restrictions, 10 were actually produced and the audience and theatre professionals voted on the top three. All participants were presented with a certificate siting them as finalists in the project. World War III by Domingo Claudio, directed by Chris Robertson, came in first. The other two winners were Allie Speaks by Ally Mizzone, directed by Maren Sugarman, and Welcome to the Real World by Kaitlyn J. Lysaght, directed by Sarah Robertson. Unfortunately, the taping of the performances was not of a quality that could be posted on the internet. The first-place writer, Domingo, subsequently had other works of his produced by ATC in NYC during our 2012 Teen/Young Adult NYC Showcase.

This project was funded, in part, by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College, through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.