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Praise for the Express Tour
Tiara Parker: Promising Playwright
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Issue: # 20 May 2008
Rock with Chance Gardener for YPT
trystCome see a good band while supporting a great cause!

On May 22, local rockers Chance Gardener will be performing a benefit concert for Young Playwrights' Theater at Tryst in Adams Morgan. Here are the details:

WHEN: Thursday, May 22

WHERE: Tryst
2459 18th Street, NW

COST: $20, which includes a copy of the band's latest CD and a $1 off drink ticket

All proceeds go to benefit Young Playwrights' Theater.

For more information about Chance Gardener and to hear some of their music, go to

Hope to see you there!
Praise for the Express Tour
Cast with Playwrights
In the past four weeks YPT's Express Tour has visited over 25 different community centers, senior wellness centers, schools, and hospitals throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
"They were all so wonderful. I was just blown away. What a talented cast!" 
 - Jillian Trawick, Frederick County Evenstart: A Family Literacy Program.
 "It's so wonderful to have special events like the Express Tour to help make the kids' hospitalizations more comfortable." 
 - Jamie Gentille, Inova Fairfax Hospital For Children.
For more about the Express Tour click here.

Photographer Liz Lynch captured the tour at our Express Tour Showcase.  To see more pictures from the Express Tour Showcase click here.

Promising Playwright

I Am

by Tiara Parker

I am the earthquake that quivers the ground
but yet I don't make a sound.
I am the reflection of the moon and stars
on the sun's face!
I am the twinkle in the eye of 
the less fortunate,
yet with laughter and grace.
And I am the speed of the track star's run
but never counting my pace.
And I am the rich man's daughter
but in my mansion there's no quiet place.


Like many 8th graders Tiara Parker is complex.  She may seem shy upon first meeting but with a little bit of practice and encouragement Tiara can bring all the angst and passion of adolescence into a performance of a scene or a monologue.  She keeps an informal diary of her thoughts and poems, but she's not afraid to speak out when given the opportunity.


"I want to be a lawyer," she says. "I like to argue."


Tiara has been reading since the age of four.  "Ever since first grade, teachers have liked how I read and write," she says, adding, "I get it from my mother."  She goes on, "My mother used to sit up on top of the washing machine with a whole box of books and her thick glasses."  Tiara will sometimes skip dinner if she's deep into a book.  Her favorites are Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and Tears of a Tiger.  This last book reflects her maturing interests.  "I used to make stuff up from whatever mood I'm in," Tiara says. "Now, lately I've been writing about struggles in life.  Sometimes it seems like it's harder for girls."


She advises other potential playwrights, "Write what you feel.  There's always somebody who would relate to what you're going through."

Our Thanks
Leadership support of the Express tour is provided by the MARPAT Foundation.
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