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NPF Playwrights Announced
Mercedes Tells her Story
Kalia Snowden: Promising Playwright
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Issue: # 40 Feb 2010
New Play Festival Playwrights Announced
 
NPF2010
 
YPT's annual celebration of bold new voices is slated for April 19-21, 2010. Mark your calendars!

  • Mariana's Wish by Mariana Pavon
    (Wakefield High School)

  • Altador(k) by Eduardo Reyes
    (Bell Multicultural High School)
     
  • Daft Desire by Kenrry Alvarado
    (Bell Multicultural High School)
     
  • Going Down the Evolution Ladder by Brenda Reyes
    (Banneker High School) 
     
  • The Art or Science of Sign Flipping by Becky Koretz
    (Wilson High School)

  • Viordanna and the Knight by Melissa Joskow
    (H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program)

  • 3434 by Kalia Snowden
    (Wilson High School)

  • Love Math and Martians Don't Mix by Cassidy Boomsma
    (Swanson Middle School)
To read more about the plays, playwrights and the New Play Festival, click here.
Mercedes Tells Her Story
Mercedes Gramajo is a YPT Ambassador who was profiled here.
In the video below she tells her YPT story in her own words.

 Mercedes Video
Kalia Snowden
KaliaPromising Playwright
 
"I was excited. I just kept being like 'Oh wow. Wow. Wow. Oh,'" says Kalia Snowden of the moment she learned that her play was chosen to part of YPT's New Play Festival. "I had a wowzer moment." She says.
 
Kalia is in the 9th grade at Wilson High School. She lives in Adams Morgan with her grandmother and brother.
 
Her play 3434 depicts a futuristic world in which science has rendered women and girls unnecessary and illegal.  "Usually, I'm the actress not the playwright. I was just thinking about the most snooty role, to the point that there's no arguing that you're the star," she explains. "Then I was like, 'What if I was the only girl in the play? What if I was the only girl in the WORLD?'"
 
Kalia's play impressed the reading committee with its emotional depth and creativity. 3434 will be produced, along with seven other plays at YPT's New Play Festival in April. "I hope people who see my play come away thinking we need chicks," Kalia says. "Without chicks the whole world goes downhill. We are better and you need us."
 
Kalia feels she is most creative when she's given a chance to express herself without being assigned a topic. "I don't enjoy any type of art ever where they give you a topic. You can't tell me to paint a picture of an apple, because now it has to be an apple," she says. She is inspired by other writers and enjoys crafting fanfiction around her favorite manga series Naruto.  "There's this story that I started at camp, and I have it on this website for my friends to read. I'm not letting anyone else read it till it's done. I post updates sometimes and my friends are all excited."
 
Kalia counsels other potential playwrights, "Just find your inspiration and go. If you find that inspiration, you need to just go with it, even if it's 3 AM on the day it's due."

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