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Issue: # 12 September 2007
BACK TO SCHOOL
Students writingWith the start of the new school year, YPT is headed back into DC schools.
 
This year our partnerships take us into 5 wards and into all grade levels.
 
Our Partners:
  • Banneker High School
  • Bell Multicultural High School
  • Ferebee Hope Elementary School
  • Filmore Arts Center
  • Kelly Miller Middle School
  • Lincoln Multicultural Middle School
  • MacFarland Middle School
  • Woodrow Wilson Senior High School
YPT HITS THE BIG SCREEN
E Street CinemaYPT Students Featured at DCTV Youth Video Festival
On Sunday, September 16th, Confusion: A Fairy Tale Edition will be screened at the E Street Cinema as part of DCTV's Youth Video Festival. Confusion was created by students from Kelly Miller Middle School working with Young Playwrights' Theater. Their original play, an urban adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Bears, was adapted for the screen and recorded in a week-long session at DCTV.

Sunday, September 16, 2007
1:00PM - 4:00 PM

E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

ORIGINAL MUSICAL AT THE KENNEDY CENTER

Chasing George Washington:
A White House Chasing George WashingtonAdventure

A world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission
and co-production with the White House Historical Association

Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by John Vreeke

March 8-16, 2008

When YPT Founding Artistic Director and award-winning playwright Karen Zacarias was invited to write a family-friendly play about the White House for the White House Historical Association and the Kennedy Center, she followed her natural instincts and decided to include young people in the process.
 
For more information click here.
NICOLE JOST
Promising Playwright Nicole Jost
 
Nicole Jost writes strong female characters who advocate fiercely for their rights and desires. 
 
The power of her voice first became apparent to YPT in 2002 when she wrote The Fear and The Pope as a sophomore in the In-School Playwriting Program at Wilson High School. That play featured the exploits of two criminal masterminds as they balanced the promise of love against the possibility of a life of wealth and power.
 
Jost says of her first experience writing with YPT, "I loved the freedom to write about anything I wanted. We never had to get into a debate about content. It was so freeing and wonderful.  Before YPT I had never done writing for fun before."   Prior to her work with YPT Nicole had only been exposed to musical theater.  Inspired by her new experience, she became a Producer with the Wilson Players and advocated forcefully for more politically relevant productions. "Nothing stuffy," she said. "I pushed for Kushner and Vonnegut."
 
In 2004, YPT contacted Nicole again and requested her permission to make her play part of the Express Tour.  Although she was honored, the 18-year-old Nicole found it difficult to relate to her own writing from just a few years before. "It was so clearly from a 15-year-old's point of view," she said.
 
Although she is critical of her own writing as a high-schooler, she is beaming with pride about the work of her own students.  As an Intern this summer with YPT, she co-taught the Dramatics program at Bell Multicultural High School. "I gotta say, looking at my play compared to how the Bell students wrote, I was kind of a moron."
 
Very few would agree with this assessment. Nicole is now a senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying Theater and Cultural Politics, a major of her own devising.  In her latest work, Finding Love in Any Kingdom, Nicole cleverly uses the fairy tale genre to reveal enduring truths about love across conventional boundaries. Nicole doesn't pull punches when making a point.
 
To quote a character from her 1993 play, she's an "intelligent and resourceful woman. I suggest you show the appropriate respect for her abilities."
 
For more stories about YPT's Promising Playwrights click here.
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