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The Good Neighbor
YPT Collaborates with Fannie Mae to Premiere Community Play on Homelessness

Update: On June 24, 2011, YPT was excited to launch the new playwriting curriculum we created with Fannie Mae in the Fall of 2010. Beginning this summer, this innovative, interactive writing curriculum is being used in classrooms throughout the nation in conjunction with Fannie Mae’s annual Help the Homeless campaign, raising awareness and involving the community in solving the issue of homelessness.

“So you guys hear the definition of being homeless and you guys think about people you see on the street as bein homeless. But the way that times are now, you could be homeless for no reason, for any reason at all.”

           -  Excerpt from The Good Neighbor
 
Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) is excited to announce a new partnership with Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program.  With the help of Fannie Mae, YPT has created a community play in hopes of raising public awareness to support organizations working to prevent and end homelessness in the Washington DC metropolitan area. 
 
Throughout the summer and fall, YPT conducted a series of interactive workshops on the topic of homelessness at public schools and community organizations, including Martha’s Table, DASH (District Alliance for Safe Housing), Community of Hope, N St. Village, and Samaritan Inns.  We integrated the first-hand knowledge taken from these workshops to craft an original interactive play in which community members and students are invited to step into character as members of a fictional neighborhood considering the construction of a transitional housing facility in their midst. After considering the issue from the perspective of their characters, audience members will be encouraged to write about homelessness from their own point of view. 
 
Read about the experience of one of our staff members at a Fannie Mae workshop here!
 
This exciting new play, titled The Good Neighbor, will be directed by YPT’s Producing Artistic Director David Snider and shared in YPT’s 2010 Express Tour.  The play will also be performed for participants of the Help the Homeless Walkathon on Saturday, November 20, immediately following the walk at the Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian Institution. This new project with Fannie Mae continues the YPT tradition of collaborating with other institutions to create timely works that highlight the voices of DC students and increase awareness of important community issues.  
 
What is it like to be homeless?  How do you feel about the homeless people you might pass on your way to work or see in your neighborhood?  The Good Neighbor promises to be a powerful original production, and we hope to see you at the show!
 
Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program is a public awareness program that raises funds to support organizations working to prevent and end homelessness in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Help the Homeless Program also encourages volunteerism in service to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.  For more information visit: www.helpthehomelessdc.org

Click here to learn more about this year’s Express Tour!

Click here to see a press release about YPT’s collaboration with Fannie Mae.

Click here to learn more about Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Walkathon.