December 2010

The Newsletter of Young Playwrights' Theater

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Thank you...and Happy Holidays!
In-School Programming Wraps Up Semester
Express Tour Hits the National Mall
Donyeah Phillips: Promising Playwright
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Issue: # 50December 2010
Thank You...and Happy Holidays!

         Thank you for your support!

A giant-sized thank you to everyone who has donated to YPT this holiday season!

 

As you know, this has been a challenging year for YPT. Due to the difficult economic climate and a number of deep government funding cuts, we are faced with a tough choice as we plan our programming this spring.

 

We need to raise $50,000 to meet the ever-increasing demand for our programs in 2011.

 

Because of you, we are now more than half way to our goal!

 

If you have not yet made your gift to YPT this year, we urge you to click on the link below and make a tax-deductible gift of any amount to show our students their voices count:

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If you are one of the hundreds of community members who have already demonstrated your support for YPT this year, we thank you - your support and belief in us makes hundreds of students' dreams come true each year. Now, we ask you to please help us spread the word about YPT's work in the community and our holiday fundraising campaign.

 

Together, we will reach our fundraising goal this holiday season.

 

Thank you! We wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season.

Professional Actors Visit YPT Classrooms to Celebrate Student Plays

Student Watches His Work Come AliveAs 2010 comes to a close, YPT is celebrating the end of our fall semester of programming. Nine teaching artists worked for 12 weeks, with 450 elementary, middle, and high school students, in 8 schools throughout Washington, DC and Arlington, VA. 

Over the course of the semester, each student created an original play.  Our imaginative students wrote plays about topics ranging from two-headed magical snakes and talking pens to social prejudices and journeys towards moral righteousness. During the final In-School workshops this week, students had the opportunity to experience their plays performed by professional actors.

Check out YPT's latest blog post for a look inside the classroom, from the perspective of one of YPT's amazing teaching artists.

Now it's time for YPT's reading committee of professional artists to select the plays that will be produced in YPT's annual New Play Festival on April 11, 12, and 13, 2011. Mark your calendars! We can can't wait to share these plays with you.

This Year's Express Tour Was the Biggest in YPT History

Celebrating the Express TourYPT's 2011 Express Tour came to a close last week after sharing professional performances of student-written plays with over 6,000 students and community members.

The Tour travelled to an unprecedented 51 venues throughout Greater Washington, including schools, nursing homes, children's hospitals, professional theaters, and a special stop on the National Mall to perform for participants in Fannie Mae's Help the Homeless Walk. Nearly one hundred enthusiastic walkers celebrated their achievement by attending the performance, which featured The Good Neighbor, YPT's original play about homelessness in the DC region.

 

Click here to take a behind the scenes look at YPT's experience working with students and community organizations to create The Good Neighbor.

Donyeah Phillips
Donyeah PhillipsPromising Playwright
"I like to write poems about animals, food and about my mom," Donyeah Phillips says. Now, because of YPT's In-School Playwriting Program at his school, Donyeah also enjoys writing plays. 

"My play was about me and my sister, Jaz," Donyeah explains. "In the play, she's always going out to play with her friends but I want her to stay home with me. So I use candy that has special powers to make her stay at home."

Donyeah's sister, Jaz, is five years old. "She goes out a lot," Donyeah says. "She goes to the playground and stuff."

Donyeah also has a new baby brother, Samad. "It feels good to be the oldest one," Donyeah says. "Whatever I do, they're going to want to do because they want to be like me. I have to make good choices, like don't talk back to your mom, don't get bad grades, and don't fight in school. My mom is proud of me because I made honor roll for my sixth grade year. They gave me a medal, a certificate and an award."

When he grows up, Donyeah wants to get a degree and become a famous football player for the Washington Redskins.

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