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November 2010

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YPT Has a Secret
Save the Date for the 2010 Express Tour Showcase!
Volunteer with YPT and See a Free Play!
Sydney Person: Promising Playwright
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Issue: # 48 October 2010
YPT Has a Secret...
If you've been following YPT on Facebook and Twitter, you know that YPT has a secret. A big one. And that we can't wait to tell you about it.

In fact, we are so excited to tell you about it, that we are organizing a happy hour in Columbia Heights next week, when we'll make the big reveal.

Please join us for a special happy hour next Wednesday, October 20, from 5-8pm, at Room 11, at 3234 11 St. NW (only our friends over 21, please). We promise there will be lots to celebrate!

Room 11 will be offering $5 house wine and beer for our friends between 5-8pm, and they are working hard to invent a surprise new drink in honor of YPT!
Room 11
Plus, twenty percent of the proceeds for the evening will go directly to support YPT's work in the classroom.

So if we're driving you nuts with clues about YPT's big secret, meet us at Room 11, on October 20, to hear what all the fuss is about!
Save the Date for the 2010 Express Tour Showcase!


YPT Birthday CakeIt's YPT's 15th birthday, and we want you at the party!

 

Don't miss the 2010 Express Tour Showcase at GALA Hispanic Theatre.

Join us for this special performance of vibrant new plays written by students and community members. Explore issues of homelessness in The Good Neighbor, see how a community of magical birds can teach us something new about our own humanity in The Bird of One Thousand Colors and relish the power of friendship in Love, Math and Martians Don't Mix. Don't miss this inspiring and energetic production of new work.

Don't forget to stay after for FREE CAKE!

 2010 Express Tour

 

FREE ADMISSION, FREE CAKE
8pm
November 3-6, 2010
And 1pm on November 6, 2010

Volunteer with YPT and See a Free Play!

Looking for a fun and easy way to help YPT?

 

On November 4, 2010, YPT will be taking a group of 250 of our students from Bell Multicultural High School to see the play Ameriville at the Round House Theatre, in Bethesda, Maryland, a hip hop theater piece about Hurricane Katrina. We need 25 chaperones to come along on the bus ride and see the play for free! Volunteers who have helped with this event in the past have enjoyed connecting with students and sharing this exciting theater experience.

 

Thursday, November 4, 8:30am-1:30pm

Meet at Bell Muticultural High School (3101 16th Street NW)

RSVP: Raina Fox, Community Engagement Associate, rfox@yptdc.org or call at (202) 387-9173.

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Sydney Person
Sydney PersonPromising Playwright

Sydney Person is a fifth grade student with a passion for snakes. Whenever he talks about them his eyes and smile grow improbably wide. "I like how they're slithery, and dangerous, and I like how they kill things by squeezing them to death," he explains. "And how they eat them and their jaws open so wide it's crazy."

Sydney's enthusiasm is charming, and he can speak with similar zeal on a number of topics. Right now he's excited about the play he wrote with YPT's In-School Playwriting Program.

"It's about Chocolate Choco and Chocolate Fudge," he begins. "They're brothers, but they haven't seen each other in 18 years. Chocolate Fudge used to live in Hawaii with his friend Kit Kat, but then Chocolate Choco called him and said to go to Las Vegas where there was a talent show. So he tried to steal Kit Kat's speedboat..." The story goes on. Eventually they meet up with Alvin the chipmunk who happens to be a shape shifter in this play. 

Race for Choco and Fudge is Sydney's first play, but he's always enjoyed writing. "I wrote a Poirquoi Tale called How Snakes Shed Their Skin," Sydney says. "It was about Bud the snake and his brother Shedder." Despite his enthusiasm, Sydney does not own a snake. "My mother hates pets, period," he says. His second grade teacher had two pythons. "We got to pet them and hold them. Oh my goodness, they were fun!" Sydney says.

On the final day of the In-school Playwriting Program, professional actors came to Sydney's school, Watkins Elementary, to read all of the students' plays aloud in front of the whole 4th grade class. "At first I was embarrassed that people would laugh at it because I made it a little humorous," Sydney says. "But then I felt calm because they are professional actors and they did really good on playing my characters in the play."

When he grows up, Sydney wants to be a basketball player or football player, or, he says, "sometimes I just want to work at the zoo because of snakes that I love."

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