This spring YPT has produced eighteen
plays, representing the work of over one
hundred young playwrights, in nine evening
performances and fifty tour performances in the
Washington DC area. Over six thousand people have
seen the work of our young playwrights. Through
the YPT Wraps Up Ambitious
Tour, and New Writers
Now! more people than ever are discovering the
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"I didn't know that I could stand on a stage and
express myself. Now I know that I can, and I
want to keep on doing it."
Heidy spoke these words on Monday June
8th as she stood on the stage at GALA Hispanic Theatre,
having just performed an original monologue as part of
Her piece explored miscommunication in an
elementary school classroom between a recent immigrant
and his schoolteacher. Inspired by John Leguizamo, Heidy
transformed a memory from her own past into a hilarious
performance, playing multiple roles and speaking in
English and Spanish.
She is unafraid to try new and often wacky things,
and though she has multiple family obligations and a lot
of school work, she makes it a point not to miss her
sessions with the Young
Playwrights' Theater is a place where I can express
myself. I found a family here. I found support I don't
always feel like I have in other places. I feel like
they are with me," Heidy says.
continue to work with YPT over the summer, lending her
distinctive voice to a piece about gang violence. She is
also passionate about helping the environment,
and has a summer job with Casey Trees.
Next year she hopes to be the first person in her
extended family to graduate high school.
"I know my family has a lot of stress. It is
hard to care for seven children," Heidy says. "But I
know I will pay them back with honor and pride. I am a
person who will stress, but I always make it through."
Her dark eyes are shining now and you can tell she is
speaking from her heart. "I will always find time to do
what I love."