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January 2007 YPT Wire
Happy New Year!
The New Year brings a fresh batch of opportunities to see new student work. We are returning to Busboys and Poets for New Writers Now! in January and February, and February 12th will be our annual New Play Festival. We hope to see you there.
New Play Festival
  Monday, February 12th, 7:30pm Tivoli Theatre

Join us for a celebration of new work created by the students in YPTs In-School Playwriting Program.

This season YPT worked with the entire 11th grade of Bell Multicultural High School, resulting in the creation of over 130 new plays. The six plays to be performed in the festival reflect the variety and depth of voices found at this diverse school. We hope you will join us as we honor and celebrate the incredible work of these young people.

  • 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
Mark your calendars now for this inspiring annual event - the best opportunity to witness the work of our young dramatists.

Monday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Further information will be available in the coming weeks on our website.

New Writers Now! Returns to Busboys and Poets
  January 22, 2007

On Monday, January 22nd Young Playwrights' Theater returns to Busboys and Poets for New Writers Now! featuring staged readings of recent student works at Busboys and Poets.

Featured in our January program:
  • Monster by Daisy Zuniga
  • Dreams Attract Danger by Mario De Leon
  • Vanessa's Family Reunion by Reginald Hardy
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:

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.
Corporate Support for YPT

YPT's work in Washington DC is attracting attention from some major multi-national corporations. In the past year we have received financial support from Starbucks, Target and the Fosters Group of Australia. YPT is one of only six American community groups supported by Fosters.
Thank you to Fosters Group, Starbucks and Target for your generous support of YPT.

For more information:
Starbucks Corporation

Fosters Group

Target Corporation

Irene Wu
  Promising Playwright
Irene Wu is a young woman of strong opinions and great ambition. Like the determined protagonist of her play, Alls Fair in Love and War, whod rather live the life of a dashing knight than a cloistered princess, Irene will not be underestimated.

An eleventh-grader at Wilson High School, Irene lives with her family in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC and aspires to be rich and powerful. She is caught between her desires for artistic self- expression and the drive to support her family. I want to improve my art but I want to make money, she says, as she discusses possible futures at such diverse institutions as Cooper Union, USC and George Washington University.

Just as her ambitions sometimes seem contradictory, she often finds herself at odds with cultural expectations. I am not a stereotypical Asian. When people see an Asian with glasses and stuff they think shes really smart. She has all As. Im not that type. I get Bs and Cs. I hate math.

Irene is fascinated by cartoons and graphic art. I like to draw people. New fashions. You know? She speaks Cantonese and Taisanese (two variants of the Chinese Language) and is taking a three year course to learn Mandarin. This summer she is looking forward to a trip to Beijing.

We hope to hear more from this passionate, promising playwright in the future.

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phone: 202-387-9173
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