Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibit Closes

The Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes on May 17th. The exhibit featured both Leo Lion’s gold-key winning works: Backdoor (Photography) and Old News (Flash Fiction)

Old News was previously published by Imagine Magazine (2014), winning 2nd place Imagine Magazine’s Creative Minds Fiction Contest in 2014.

And although the exhibit is now closed, Backdoor will continue to be part of the “Selected Student Artworks” gallery on the museum website.

“Backdoor” received a Reigonal Gold Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and was exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Young Playwrights Inc. – Unplug (Reading)

On May 16th, Young Playwrights Inc held this year’s last series of staged readings, a program which was the culmination of 2014-2015’s Advanced Playwriting Workshop, in which Leo participated. The evening opened with a staged reading of Leo’s play, Unplug.

Unplug is a short one-act science-fiction play that explores the poignant relationship between a machine and her creator, raising dark and difficult questions about humanity and the right to understanding.

Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival – They Grow Up Fast

Leo’s play They Grow Up Fast was produced as part of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival on May 13th. The play was directed by Robert Gonyo of Co-Op Theatre East. Performances took place off-Broadway at the June Havoc Theater.

They Grow Up Fast is a cathartic one-act play about a woman’s struggle with time, motherhood, and responsibility. A deeply emotional play that throws linear time and storytelling to the wind as Anne loses herself in a life of constant stress and disorientation.


Five playwrights whose works were featured at the Worldwide Plays Festival on May 13th in the 8PM program.

This is Leo’s second play to be produced in the Worldwide Plays Festival. In 2014, his play Before Barnaby (No Tears) was also performed at the June Havoc Theater. Before Barnaby was directed by Edward Elefterion of Rabbit Hole Ensemble.