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February 2007 YPT Wire
This month we have our biggest event of the year - the New Play Festival. This is the best opportunity to see the work of our Young Playwrights. For a sneak peek at what Monday will hold, we've profiled Lyndsey Newsome, whose play will be featured at the Festival.

The opportunity to see new work continues with New Writers Now! on February 26th. Come out and see us in person!
New Play Festival
  Monday, February 12th, 7:30pm NPF Topics
Only a few days away!

Don't miss our biggest event of the year. Students, artists and community members will gather at the Gala Hispanic Theatre to celebrate the work of six Young Playwrights. These plays represent the best of a group of over 130 plays written this year by the students at Bell Multicultural High School.

  • You Don't Know What You Got Until It's Gone by Estrella Lopez
  • Of Friends and Potheads by Lyndsey Newsome
  • What Goes Around Comes Around by Francisco Garcia
  • Life is Full of Struggles by Bezawit Mamo
  • Impasse by Kyle Sumner
  • Life Choice by Ingrid Contreras
Monday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
RSVP now!

New Writers Now!
  February 26, 2007 Fatima at NWN
Join us for February's New Writers Now! as our playwrights explore the following questions:

What if you fell in love with your worst enemy?

What if the person you were talking to on Myspace wasn't who they seemed to be at all?

What if an Iraqi family met personally with the President to talk about the effects of the war?

February 26th at Busboys and Poets.
  • Love and War: Changes of My Heartby Katherine Feliz
  • Discover the Truth Behind the Curtains by Diego Pereira
  • I'm Telling by Jasmine Hill
New Writers Now! will begin at 6:00 pm in the Langston Room of Busboys and Poets. Refreshments and food will be available to order from the restaurant.

Busboys and Poets is located at 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. For more information visit:

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We are pleased and proud to present these students' works to new audiences and grateful for the support of the Humanities Council of Washington DC, Busboys and Poets and Target for making New Writers Now! possible.
YPT joins Project My Time
  Project My Time
Young Playwrights' Theater has joined forces with Project My Time to bring new after-school choices to students in DC Middle School.

Project My Time was created through an $8 million grant to the Trust from The Wallace Foundation. The after-school initiative resulted from the partnership of 50 stakeholders, including the Trust, the Mayor’s office, the DC Public Schools, several District agencies including the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the local philanthropic community.

Through Project My Time, YPT is currently offering Playmaking classes to students at Lincoln Multicultural Middle School and Kelly Miller Middle School, four days a week.

We are proud to be part of this new project and look forward to bringing the art of playwriting to more schools throughout the city.
Lyndsey Newsome
  Promising Playwright Lyndsey Newsome
Beneath her quiet, composed exterior, Lyndsey Newsome’s mind is busy churning out detailed scenes of unexpected comedy. “I’ve never been the type of girl to fit in. A lot of the kids at school bore me, so I just go into la la land and make stuff up.”

On stage in Lyndsey’s mental theatre: a small dog named “fatness” tormented by a stuffed squirrel named “Mr. Squeaker”; a Middle School Principal with connections to the mob who is brought down by his scheming students; a college admissions counselor on a magical adventure with a brownie.

Lyndsey’s latest creation, a play called Of Friends and Potheads will be featured in the 2007 New Play Festival this coming Monday, February 12th. Of Friends and Potheads is a humorous and ultimately galvanizing tale of a high school student trying to hold onto her goals of a college education while her friends try to get her to join their perpetual party lifestyle.

“I was inspired to write about peer pressure because I was going through it. I stood my ground. After that experience I reflected on it. I want people to see that sometimes you can have friends who are trying to get you to do things that are just for their benefit. They’re not really your friends. You have to be careful of friends like that, “ says Lyndsey.
Lyndsey lives in Northeast DC with her family. She and her two older brothers would often compete to see who could create the best comic book, complete with original illustrations. The oldest brother always won, but then again, he was also the judge.

Lyndsey hopes to attend Northeastern University in Boston. She also hopes that when her older brothers see her play on Monday night, she might have the last laugh.


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