Some Virginia Avenue Project youths will have their very own plays acted out on stage during the Out of the Blue event at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica Friday through Sunday, March 23 through 25.

The event will feature seven short plays written by children ages 7 to 12 that are directed and performed by professional artist/mentors including Mary Pat Gleason (Will & Grace, Sex and the City), Todd Buonpane (30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy), and Christopher Youngsman (Across the Universe, Rescue Me, The Christopher Show).

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24, and 3 p.m. March 25 at the Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica.

Out of the Blue is part of the 20th anniversary celebration for Virginia Avenue Project, a free after-school program that uses the performing arts in conjunction with one-on-one mentoring to help children think creatively, critically and confidently about their lives.

The young playwrights wrote and developed their original works as part of the Virginia Avenue Project’s acclaimed Playmaking Program, one of several programs administered by the nonprofit organization.

Project officials tout the organization’s success, noting that since the Virginia Avenue Project’s inception in 1992, 100 percent of the children involved have graduated from high school and 95 percent have gone on to college.

Founding executive director Kendis Heffley has returned to the project this year after an 11-year absence and hopes to find a permanent home for the non-profit in Santa Monica.

The Virginia Avenue Project will be celebrating its 20th year with several additional events throughout the year, including a “virtual poetry jam” and a 20th birthday gala on Oct. 18.

Admission to Out of the Blue is free.

For tickets, www.virginiaavenueproject.org. Information, (310) 264-4224.

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