From: Young Playwrights' Theater [eandrews@yptdc.org]
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Subject: YPT Wire November 2009 - Meet Nathan Sanders
November 2009 Masthead

The Newsletter of Young Playwrights' Theater

In This Issue
YPT Takes More Than 200 Students on Field Trip
Express Tour Visits Maryland Retirement Homes
YPT Participates in CFC Campaign
Nathan Sanders: Promising Playwright
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Issue: # 37 Nov 2009
YPT Takes More Than 200 Students on Field Trip
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On Thursday, November 5th, the entire 11th grade class of Bell Multicultural High School boarded seven buses to go see
26 Miles at Round House Theatre in Bethesda.  

The show, which depicts a multi-ethnic teenager's search for identity on a road trip with her Cuban mother, was a big hit with the students. "It was great!" said Irvin Agbasi.  The actors stayed after the performance to discuss the play with the students.
 
The trip was coordinated as part of YPT's In-School Playwriting Program, which is currently running at Bell and over 10 other schools. Many thanks to the staff of Round House Theatre and our volunteer chaperones for making it possible.
Express Tour Visits Maryland Nursing Homes
 Mr Nachos 
During the month of November YPT's Express Tour will perform student-written plays at over 20 nursing homes throughout Maryland. 
 
The plays My Dream, Marian's Dream and Mom and Mr. Nachos will be featured at performances sponsored by the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality.
 
"The Express Tour is our chance to connect the greater community with the vision and voice of our young people. We're thrilled to be able to share the spirit and creativity of a new generation with nursing home residents.  It's a wonderful opportunity to connect two parts of our community who have a lot to offer each other," said David Snider, YPT's producing artistic director and CEO.  
 
Fatima Quander, who plays the historical figure Marian Anderson on the tour is particularly excited to perform for senior audiences, "My Dream, Marian's Dream gives senior audiences a chance to reminisce and reflect on their own life experiences," Fatima says.  
YPT Participates In CFC Campaign
Are you a federal government employee working in the DC area?
 
If so, please consider giving to YPT through this year's Combined Federal Campaign for the National Capital Area (CFCNCA).
 
YPT's CFCNCA number is 64148.
 
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Please click here to visit the CFCNCA website.
Nathan Sanders
NathanPromising Playwright
 
"I just write. I don't think about it. But for some reason, it's always a hit."
   - Nathan Sanders
 
Nathan Sanders is a senior at Bell Multicultural High school.  He is an accomplished debater, and a student in the Young Playwrights' Workshop, participating in both the acting and playwriting programs. Nathan loves to entertain, and believes his talent will take him far.
 
"People Magazine and the New York Times are going to get a piece of me," he says with a confident smile.  "Even though I'm not 100% sure that I'll make it as an actor in the movies, I'm 200% sure that I'm going to try."
 
Nathan was recently featured in an NPR report on No Child Left Behind. Through his work with the DC Urban Debate League, Nathan joined other Bell students to analyze the pros and cons of this controversial legislation. They competed against teams from other schools throughout the city and were prepared to present both sides.  Nathan credits NCLB for helping to improve his own school, and helping him to succeed. He also believes that out of school opportunities like YPT and DC Urban Debate have been important to his growth.
 
"I like how Young Playwrights' Theater doesn't cramp my creativity," Nathan muses.  "I love YPT so much. I enjoy entertaining the people. I think they should make it a national program."

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