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YPT at the Capital Fringe Festival!
YPT can't wait for
Saturday! The students of our award-winning Young Playwrights'
Workshop have been invited to present their original play, Out
of the Shadow, through the Capital Fringe Festival's Youth-led
Producers Program. The Workshop students will be the only
student ensemble produced at the Capital Fringe Festival this year.
In their original play
addressing the issue of bullying, the Workshop students
take a stand for their peers across the country, presenting multiple
perspectives and sharing important stories.
Last night, the Young
Playwrights' Workshop was featured on ABC-7 News. Here's the link,
in case you missed it.
students have been working on this play all year, and they are psyched
to perform for you this weekend. You can purchase tickets for the show
through the Capital Fringe Box
The Young Playwrights'
Out of the Shadow at Capital Fringe
Saturday, July 23, 12pm
Baldacchino Tent, Fort Fringe
607 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
*Contains mature themes
Imagines Our Future
Last weekend, the YPT staff packed into cars and headed to
Virginia for a staff retreat to imagine the future of our company.
Over two and a half days, we reviewed our history and
progress, built our team, and planned for the year ahead. It was an
energizing and inspiring weekend, and we could not be more excited for
the fast approaching school year.
Click here to
meet our staff and hear from each of them about their roles with YPT,
their dreams for the year, and their personal YPT theme songs!
For the past three years, YPT has been privileged to
receive generous gifts from ITT Defense and Information Solutions in
Virginia. This month, YPT reached out to ITT HR Programs Coordinator
Suzanne Mann and ITT Contracts Coordinator Jane Hans to thank them for
supporting YPT students and to learn more about what inspires them to
YPT: First, tell us a little
bit about yourselves. What do you like to do for fun?
We both like to run when we can find the time. We also enjoy relaxing
with our husbands and traveling as much as possible. We have both been
to Italy in recent years. We love Italian food and wine!
YPT: And now for a very
important question - If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom
would you like to play the lead role?
Suzanne: Jennifer Aniston.
Jane: Zooey Deschanel!
YPT: How did you learn about
Jane: I found out about YPT
when my cousin's daughter Sophie ReVeal's play "Allie in Blunderland"
was selected to be performed. It was a wonderful experience to see how
YPT directly engaged with the local community and truly inspired a
YPT: What inspired you to
Suzanne: The organization's
direct engagement with the local community and the heart of their
mission to nurture the intellectual, artistic, and personal development
of young people, helping them find their "inner light" of
self-confidence, sensitivity, creativity, and leadership. Our company
was also impressed by YPT's outreach to all children and young adults,
including those in juvenile detention centers.
YPT: What was the giving
process like for you? What impact has it had on your company, and what
impact do you hope your gifts will have on YPT students?
Jane: Giving to important
organizations like YPT feels wonderful. We are lucky to work for a
company that values the importance of charitable giving, and that
empowers us to make decisions regarding which organizations we should
support. We hope that the kids continue to grow their writing skills
and that this experience will provide a wonderful career or hobby for
them throughout their lives.
Thank you to Suzanne, Jane and ITT
Defense and Information Solutions for showing students throughout our
region that their voices and stories matter!
Eleventh grader Ian Real is used to moving to new places.
He has lived in Germany, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky and
Argentina. So, when the U.S. Airforce sent his father to Washington, DC
in January of 2011, Ian was already on the lookout for new ways to meet
A new friend from Bell
Multicultural High School invited him to the
Young Playwrights' Workshop, and he decided to
join. "The first time I went to the Workshop, I was greeted,"
he remembers. "The Workshop
relaxed me and gave me confidence, as well as strengthened me as an
actor through constructive criticism and acting concepts. It's a
As they prepared for the
final performance, Out of the Shadow, Ian worked with a group to
create the three allegories featured in the piece, which focus on
bullying targeting appearance, immigrant status, and sexuality.
YPT will present
Out of the Shadow at the Capital Fringe Festival this
Saturday, July 23. Click here to
in the workshop I had written an allegory using birds," he
explains, "so I started from there and changed it from people
being bullied because of their looks to people being bullied because of
where they are from - for being an immigrant and an outsider. As a
group, we added on and collaborated on that basic idea and turned it
into something bigger."
August, Ian will be off on his next adventure: moving to Azerbaijan.
However, he hopes to come back to the United States for college.
"I'm thinking of studying psychology because I like knowing the
reasons people think in certain ways. And if someone needs help, it
teaches you how to manipulate a person's mind - in a good way - to help
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