YPT’s 20th Anniversary Season: A Look Back

That’s a wrap! YPT’s 20th anniversary performance season is in the books, and it was one for...well, the books. Read all about it here, including summaries of all six 2014-15 performances!

Kicking Off YPT’s Sixteenth Season

This past week, on a wet, chilly Monday, YPT welcomed our supporters, students, teachers and community members out of the cold and into GALA Hispanic Theatre for the kick-off of our SIXTEENTH season with New Writers Now! – The Fight for Family, featuring three inspiring new student plays exploring issues and relationships within families (check… Continue reading Kicking Off YPT’s Sixteenth Season

History in the Making: Reflections from New Writers Now!

On Monday, February 7, 2011, an unprecedented number of community members from all over the DC metro area filled every available seat in GALA Hispanic Theatre to enjoy New Writers Now! – From Civil War to Civil Rights. YPT presented original plays that explore the ways our history shapes us today, including I am a… Continue reading History in the Making: Reflections from New Writers Now!

Oppression. Rebellion. Unrest. Family. Devotion. Equality. Progress.

These are just some of the issues explored  by 12th grader Ellen Hubbard in her play Mercy Mercy Me, which will be featured in next month’s New Writers Now! - From Civil War to Civil Rights. Mercy Mercy Me focuses on one African American family living in mid-sixties Chicago, at the peak of the Civil… Continue reading Oppression. Rebellion. Unrest. Family. Devotion. Equality. Progress.

The YPT Express Tour: Stories from the Road

This November and December, YPT’s professional performance company toured more than sixty elementary schools, nursing homes, community centers, theaters, and hospitals with YPT’s annual Express Tour, presenting three vibrant new plays written by young playwrights and community members. Over 6,000 community members had the opportunity to explore issues of homelessness in The Good Neighbor, see… Continue reading The YPT Express Tour: Stories from the Road

Letters from the Audience: New Writers Now!-Outside In

After the October 4New Writers Now! - Outside In staged reading, the audience got a chance to put in their two cents. We asked them to write a letter to a character in one of the plays, invited them to share the letters out loud, then gave those letters to the playwrights. We heard funny,… Continue reading Letters from the Audience: New Writers Now!-Outside In

A Moving, Moon-filled Evening – YPT’s Fifteenth Birthday Season Opens!

On October 4, I had the pleasure of attending YPT's first New Writers Now! event of the season at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Columbia Heights. The theme of the evening was "Outside In", and the three terrific plays that were performed posed the thought-provoking question, "How can we learn about ourselves from those who stand… Continue reading A Moving, Moon-filled Evening – YPT’s Fifteenth Birthday Season Opens!

YPT Kicks Off Our Fifteenth Birthday Season

After working at Young Playwrights’ Theater for about two weeks, I attended the New Writer’s Now! Kick-Off Party last Tuesday evening – my first YPT event! As the new Development Assistant, I’ve jumped right into updating contacts in the database, putting together mailings and trying to learn the names of everyone and everything, from staff,… Continue reading YPT Kicks Off Our Fifteenth Birthday Season