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
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
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!
percent of the proceeds for the evening will go
directly to support YPT's work in the
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
|Save the Date
for the 2010 Express Tour
It'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 ADMISSION, FREE
And 1pm on November 6,
|Volunteer with YPT and
See a Free Play!
a fun and easy
way to help YPT?
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.
November 4, 8:30am-1:30pm
at Bell Muticultural High School (3101
16th Street NW)
Fox, Community Engagement Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (202)
Promising Playwrights click here.
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
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
"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