In Natalie Lieberman’s creative world, the classic book Charlotte’s Web has something to say about how it gets treated. The Philadelphia Young Playwrights have taken notice and selected the play, Charlotte’s Web...of Anger, as a finalist to be included in their SaturPLAY series on Saturday, December 11, at 1 p.m.

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As a finalist, Natalie had the opportunity to work with the professional director and actress who will be performing her monologue over Zoom.

“It was a lot of fun, and I really loved seeing my piece come to life. The actress playing Charlotte is amazing, and the director had great notes to instigate more emotion than I thought possible,” said Natalie. “Overall, I went into the Zoom feeling nervous, as I don't usually share my writing with anyone, yet I left the meeting with a huge smile and more confidence.”

The play was originally an assignment from eighth grade English class to write a monologue from the perspective of an inanimate object. The project helped students focus on point-of-view and character development. 

“Natalie is a kid who pushes herself, challenges herself, to be the best, and she took this opportunity to showcase her creativity through her writing,” said Colonial Middle School English teacher Josh Rothstein. “It’s great to see that she’s getting recognized for it.”

Charlotte’s Web...of Anger is one of four pieces on the first bill of the day starting at 1 p.m. and will be streamed live online. Click here for more information and to reserve tickets to the performance.