|Don't Miss the
Biggest YPT Event of the Year
Join us as we bring the work of eight young
playwrights to life. This is the biggest event in
YPT's season and the most imaginative and uplifting
evening you'll experience this spring. Don't miss
Free and open to the public
GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street NW
|Mayra Rivera was a YPT student
who is now a freshman at American University.
In the video
below she tells her YPT story in her own words.
AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR
Snider Wins Exponent
The latest newsletter from the
Meyer Foundation features an in-depth interview with
YPT's Producing Artistic Director David Andrew Snider
who is a recipient of the Exponent Award for Non-profit
Cassidy Boomsma is in
the eighth grade at Swanson Middle School in Arlington,
VA. Middle school can be a confusing time. Some students
are still interested in creative play and games, while
others begin to turn toward high school pursuits, like
dating and algebra. Cassidy captures the contradictions
of this phase in her play Love, Math and Martians
Lucy: Don't you wanna
go to the
Thaddeus: I veto
that idea. I don't engage myself in useless and
frivolous behavior. Now run off and leave me
"I was inspired by
the people I see at school," Cassidy says. "When I was
little I used to play rocket ship." Now Cassidy likes to
hang out with her friends, read and check her e-mail. "I
don't know what I want to be yet, but I'm thinking maybe
a lawyer or a doctor," she says. "That would be
Cassidy's favorite movie is
17 Again with Zac Ephron. In the movie, the
protagonist returns to his high school days to try to
recapture the opportunities he'd lost. "It's funny
because he's in with all the high schoolers but he's so
adult," Cassidy says.
Cassidy will likely attend Washington-Lee High School.
"I'm pretty excited but also kind of intimidated because
it's so much bigger than my school," she says.
In the meantime there's still time for
fun. Cassidy's play will be produced at the New
Play Festival on April 19-21st.
She sat in on a recent rehearsal. "It looks really good.
It's really fun to see my play come to life," she
says. "I hope that people who come to see the play
will think it's funny and they'll have fun when they
To learn more about the
New Play Festival and see the other young playwrights
who will be featured click here.