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It’s tough to cut it as a young playwright. With fierce competition and paltry rewards for their hard work, aspiring bards in most cities could be forgiven for throwing up their hands in defeat. But in Buffalo, where opportunities to develop new plays abound, they have reason to be optimistic.

The results of one of several new play development programs can be seen this weekend at Canalside, which is hosting the American Repertory Theatre of Western New York’s Young Playwrights Festival. It will feature new work by Matt Kindley, Kalani Kapahua, David J. Moran and Emily Cutler.

Kindley’s play, “10 Minutes,” is “an existential pondering facing a young man in a moment of purgatory.” Kaphua’s comedy, “Cut Like a Buffalo,” explores the lives of two very different sisters who find themselves in the midst of a charging herd of buffalo. The more-or-less self-explanatory piece “The Awkward Hookup,” by Cutler, explores the mores of young relationships. And Moran’s two-hander “Missed Signals” is a mini-love story featuring a “superhero-pajama-clad nerd” and the beautiful girl he’s crushing on.

The festival runs at 3 p.m. Friday at the Ruins and 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday on the boardwalk. Call 634-1102 or visit www.artofwny.org.

– Colin Dabkowski