Celebrate Young Playwrights With YPT

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In case you haven’t noticed, the DC theater community is growing, and fast; but what kind of plays can we look forward to down the road? If you’re interested in the future of DC theater, there’s no better place to look than toward our youngest playwrights.

Next Monday and Tuesday, April 23-24 at 7:30pm, Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) will present 12 new plays by area youth at their annual New Play Festival at GALA Hispanic Theatre.

Out of over 800 students from DC and Arlington, YPT chose 12 to participate in this year’s festival. Professional actors and directors will present the winning scripts over two nights.

Monday night will premiere works appropriate for all ages and cover a wide range of family-friendly themes. On Tuesday night, some of the older students’ work will highlight more serious themes and may not be appropriate for children under 13.

Young Playwrights’ Theater brings together area directors and playwrights to teach students creative expression through the art of playwriting. The New Play Festival celebrates that effort and honors some of the students’ latest pieces from their in-school playwriting program.

Free admission; donations welcome. Book compilations of the evenings’ plays will also be on sale in the lobby.

GALA Hispanic Theatre is located at 3333 14th Street NW. Nearest Metro: Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow lines). For more information, call 202-387-9173.


Joanna moved to DC in 2010 knowing she’d love it, and as usual she was right. She enjoys eating fried things, drinking scotch and smoking cigars, and makes up for the damage done by snacking on organic oats and barley and walking long distances to wherever with her dog Henry. Joanna now lives with her husband and said dog in Los Angeles, and they all miss DC terribly. Follow her on Twitter or contact her at joannacastlemiller.com.

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