[image-1]What If? Productions hosts its sixth annual Playwrights Festival at Threshold Repertory Theatre this Sat. June 24. The playwriting competition attracted over 230 playwrights from all over the country this year; former winning productions have included Tyler Stuart’s The Practice Child, Irene Pynn’s How to Field Dress an Android, and Julie Zaffarono’s The Playmakers.

(The Playmakers, a romantic comedy about playwrights, will be performed at Threshold Rep June 23-25, 30, and July 1. Buy tickets online.)

This year, the finalists, Paige Zubel, R. Eric Thomas, and Patrick Flynn, bring a wide range of narratives to the festival. The plays range from the ramblings of a man (presumed to be insane) to a board of doctors to the story of two women at a high school reunion to a couple who return home from vacation to find a box of porn in their living room. Tara Denton will mediate a partial reading of each of the plays, and the audience will help determine which play wins — and ultimately premieres at next year’s festival.

Following that, from 4-5 p.m. Storytree Theatre and What If? Productions partner for the first time to present the Young Playwrights Festival. The collaboration was made possible through a grant from the Lowcountry Arts Alliance, and seeks to help foster creativity among adolescents and introduce new work to the Charleston area. Four young playwrights from the East Cooper Montessori School, who have been immersed in the playwriting process for the past three months, will present their original works in the evening.