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Issue: # 31 April 2009
Tickets on Sale for Express Tour Showcase
Express Tour ShowcaseThe 2009 Express Tour, YPT's traveling production of vibrant new plays, has already hit the road, performing at schools, hospitals, theaters and museums across Washington.
May 6-9 is your chance to catch the tour, as the Express Tour Showcase sets up residence at GALA Hispanic Theatre.
Tickets are $15 each. Group rates are available.
Purchase by clicking here or calling 202.234.7174.
For more information about the Express Tour click here.
Express Tour Features: Imagination, History  and Change with a Side of Nachos
This year's slate of plays have impressive range and creativity.
Marians DreamMy Dream, Marian's Dream
By the students of Ferebee-Hope Elementary School
Directed by Jennifer Nelson
My Dream, Marian's Dream dramatizes the events surrounding Marian Anderson's historic performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Students from Ferebee Hope Elementary school in SE Washington, DC wrote about Marian Anderson's courageous performance and expressed how her story inspires their own dreams of success, peace and understanding.
AllyAlly in Blunderland
By Sophie ReVeal
Directed by Mary Hall Surface
Ally's a hardworking student who excels in school, sports, everything! But when she runs too fast and falls down a rabbit hole during a soccer game, her adventures in Blunderland teach her that maybe she should slow down, stop to smell the roses every once in a while and learn to enjoy the everyday wonders...of home. 
NachosMom and Mr. Nachos
By Luis Hernandez
Directed by Abel Lopez
Mr. Nachos is a little different from everyone else in school. First, he's actually made of nachos. Second, he's chased by some really mean bullies who always try to eat him. And third, his Mom is a secret black belt in karate....what? See in this fun and whacky adventure how a son and his mom can triumph over any adversity---even the meanest bullies on the block. 
Choosing ChangeChoosing Change
By the students of Oak Hill Academy
Directed by David Andrew Snider
In collaboration with the students of Oak Hill Academy and Mentoring Today, this piece explores life before, during and after contact with the DC Juvenile Justice system. Through poetry, prose and interactive storytelling, this play shares the heart of those who travel through the system - and how the system is regaining its heart.

New Writers Now! and the Blogosphere
Prince of Petworth PictureThe theme of New Writers Now! for April was Theater of the Next Generation.  Students from the Young Playwrights' Workshop wrote pieces examining the intersection of theater and technology. 
One play, Who Owns These Streets?, was inspired by a recent post on the blog "Prince of Petworth."  The article decried recent graffiti that had popped up on the back of a new building on Georgia Avenue.  Over 100 comments were written in response to the original posting, many of them casting harsh judgement on local youth.  Very few commenters reflected a youth perspective. The students of the Young Playwrights' Workshop wrote Who Owns These Streets? as a response.  In their play, the original commenters were magically transported to a mysterious space, where an all-powerful playwright character demanded that they account for the things they had written.  It was a potent reminder of the power of live theater to create real-time community.
The "Prince of Petworth" attended the performance on Monday, April 20th and followed up with an article in his blog. To see his article click here.
Please Help YPT Sustain Programming in 2009-10
KamiliaSpring Fundraising Campaign Ongoing!
YPT still needs your support to maintain our current level of programming in the 2009-2010 school year.
Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $30,000 by June 30th!
YPT is excited to continue to meet the needs of DC students in the coming school year, but we cannot do it without you.

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