May 2011

The Newsletter of Young Playwrights' Theater

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UP Next at YPT: New Writers Now! - Luv in the Time of Txting
Toast YPT at a Special Happy Hour in Mount Pleasant
Christina Sheler: Promising Playwright

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Issue: # 55   May 2011

UP NEXT at YPT

New Writers Now! - Luv in the Time of Txting

LuvPlease join us for:    

New Writers Now! - Luv in the time of Txting!  

May 23, 2011 

7pm

GALA Hispanic Theatre 

3333 14th Street NW

  

How many characters does it take to say I love you?

 

Young playwrights explore relationships by asking, "What is love?" Same old question. Brand new gadgets. Join us for an evening of original plays by student playwrights. YPT will present professional staged readings of:

  • Stalker Summer Love by Lydia Evans, School Without Walls
  • Love Words by Fatima Rodriguez, Bell Multicultural High School

The evening will also feature a very special performance by YPT's resident ensemble of student artists. The members of our award-winning Young Playwrights' Workshop will present their original play, Out of the Shadow, exploring the topic of bullying.

 

Through the play, the ensemble takes a stand for their peers across the country, presenting multiple perspectives and sharing important stories.

 

*Please note that these plays contain mature themes and language and may not be suitable for younger audiences.  
 
 

We hope to see you there!  

Workshop

Toast YPT at a Special Happy Hour in Mount Pleasant

Does arts education matter?
 
 

Marx Caf� in Mount Pleasant thinks so, and they are hosting a happy hour to prove it.

 

Join us this Monday, May 16, from 5-8pm, at Marx Caf�, located at 3203 Mount Pleasant St. NW, to celebrate the power of arts education, enjoy delicious happy hour specials and get excited for New Writers Now! on May 23.

 

Happy HourMarx Caf� will donate 25% of the proceeds from the evening to YPT's work in the classroom.

 

So bring your friends and join us in celebrating the power of arts education on May 16!

Please note that this event is for our supporters over age 21 only.

Christina Sheler
Promising PlaywrightCS2  

"Before you judge a person, get to know them because you might actually like them," says Christina Sheler, a senior at Benjamin Banneker Senior High School.  

 

Christina's play,  

The Antistereotypical Dinner, is about a young interracial couple, Janae and Han, who decide to tell their families about their recent engagement - and their three year relationship - on the same day.  

 

"The first scene of the play is two households at the same time, so it's like you're watching two scenes at once," Christina explains. Janae's African American family makes a series of assumptions about her fianc� Han, who is Asian, just as his family prejudges her. "There is irony in my play because when the families come together for dinner the parents realize that the stereotypes they had for each other were actually false." 

 

Christina was inspired to tell this story based on her own experiences with interracial dating. "I've dated two Vietnamese guys, and I saw in a magazine that Asian male and black female is the least common interracial couple. I wanted to bring attention to that."

 

When she isn't writing plays, Christina likes riding horses, drawing, painting, writing and performing her poetry, and playing the piano. She is looking forward to studying dentistry next year at Rutgers University.  

       

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