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Issue: # 17 February 2008
New Play Festival 2008Friday, March 14
at 7:30 p.m.
Washington DC Jewish Community Center
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Admission is FREE
Join us for a celebration of new work created by the students in YPT's In-School Playwriting Program. This season YPT worked with students at Bell Multicultural High School, Wilson High School, MacFarland Middle School and Fillmore Arts Center, resulting in the creation of over 175 new plays. The six plays to be performed in the festival reflect the variety and depth of voices found at all levels of learning in our diverse community. We hope you will join us as we honor and celebrate the incredible work of these young people.  
  • Keepin' Outta' Trouble, by Pete Hall
  • A Chocolate Coated Adventure, by Sophie ReVeal
  • The Black Sheep, by Gerson Blanco
  • Puzzle, by Engedasew Menkir
  • Destiny, by Qi Ling Li
  • Terminated, by Nicole Cacozza 
 Chasing George WashingtonA White House Adventure
world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission
and co-production with the White House Historical Association

Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by John Vreeke
March 8-16, 2008

Field trips are fun, especially when your destination is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! In this charming new musical, written in part with DC students and Young Playwrights' Theater, Dee Dee, Jose, and Annie accidentally knock George Washington out of his portrait and into real life--turning their tour into an unexpected adventure. As they try to get the nation's first President back into his painting, the threesome encounters other famous White House residents, including Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd, Dolley Madison, and Jackie Kennedy. Together, they learn that the White House isn't just a historic building... it's also a home.
Promising Playwright

Sophie Reveal's ideas flow faster than her words.  She is bursting with creative energy and trips over herself to get the words out fast enough.  She examines each idea from all perspectives, telling the story over again to make sure she said it the right way.


In her play A Chocolate Covered Adventure the miniature candies who make up her cast of characters are similarly snappy with their repartee:


DARK CHOCOLATE: Curses!  Foiled again.  Get it? Foiled?  We're candies...wrapped in foil?  I crack myself up.  


Sophie cracks herself up regularly.  She keeps her family entertained with her high-energy adventures.  Over the summer she interrogated a police officer on the beach when a number of patrol cars appeared out of no where. She stood with her hand on her hip listening intently as the officer explained what was happening and then reported it word for word for her family and assorted beachgoers.  This experience inspired her foray into journalism. Sophie produces a weekly newsletter The Spencer News for her third grade class at Key Elementary, soliciting story ideas and designing the layout. So far there have been 19 editions.


Sophie takes her work seriously but is not afraid to dream.  She even has a game to help her recall her lucid dreams at night.


"I feel like my dreams really happened. Sometimes I'll act them out. It's like a game. I make it bigger and then when it's a dream again it's bigger this time, and then I play the game again," she says.


She brings this care and intensity of purpose to everything she does.  "She's famous for her sliding goals in soccer," her mother reports.  Sophie loves to dance, sing, act, draw, write and ride her bike.  Her play A Chocolate Coated Adventure will be featured in this year's New Play Festival.


Our Thanks
Leadership support of the In-School Playwriting Program is Targetprovided by the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs and 
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