The 'Lit' Theatre Project


Essay Competition Centered on 

Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan

Presented by Palm Beach Dramaworks. Underwritten by Kids’ Dreams

Congratulations to the 2023 “Lit” Theatre Project essay contest winners. After reading and analyzing Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, students wrote essays based on the prompt “Is there a moral obligation to always tell the truth?”

Participating classes were invited to a special performance of Lobby Hero at Palm Beach Dramaworks, and winners were presented with their awards by Kids’ Dreams co-founder and president, Patricia Lebow.

The winners are:

Raziah Ruiz
Palm Beach Lakes High School

Phillip Gordon
Palm Beach Lakes High School

Bruneldo Lajeunesse
Royal Palm Beach High School

Jonathan Martin
Lake Worth High School

Alyssa Chavez
Palm Beach Lakes High School

Haely Hager
Lake Worth High School


An additional $200 was presented to each the following teachers for their classroom:

Ericka Cooper-Hadden: Lake Worth High School

Rebecca Donovan-Bain: Palm Beach Lakes High School

Teddy Odum: Royal Palm Beach High School

Kids' Dreams proudly underwrites a special performance of LOBBY HERO by Kenneth Lonergan for students from multiple Title 1 Palm Beach County high schools.

Students will read the play as part of their high school curriculum, thereby satisfying specific various Florida credit requirements. The play focuses on the issues of responsible decision-making, ethics, corruption and bias based on social and economic status. After reading the play, students will write an essay on the themes based on an ethics question.

Palm Beach Dramaworks staff and independent, respected educators will read the essays and score them based on a rubric. Participating students will be invited to attend a special matinee performance on October 17, 2023, at no cost to the school or students.

Schools participating:

Inlet Grove Community High School
Lake Worth High School
Palm Beach Lakes High School
Royal Palm Beach High School
Santaluces High School

The ‘Lit’ Theatre Project Details

The ‘Lit’ Theatre Project Essay Scoring Rubric

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