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Takes More Than 200 Students on Field
November 5th, the entire 11th grade class of Bell
Multicultural High School boarded seven buses to go see
at Round House Theatre
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
During the month of November YPT's Express Tour
will perform student-written
plays at over 20 nursing homes throughout
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
Participates In CFC
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employee working in the DC area?
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year's Combined Federal Campaign for the National
Capital Area (CFCNCA).
YPT's CFCNCA number is 64148.
Be sure to reference this number when you make your
"I just write. I don't think
about it. But for some reason, it's always a hit."
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.
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
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
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Playwrights click here.
Young Playwrights' Theater