Young Playwrights' Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices.

Ainsley Sedalia

Promising Playwright, October 2018

“If you really want to write something, just don’t be afraid to write it. You never know if a lot of people will think it is really great.”

In YPT’s After-School Playwriting Program taught by Ms. Fatima, Ainsley is beaming about his play idea. In his play, 90-year-old Granny meets a boxer in the boxing ring. Granny wants to prove that she can fight the boxer, the strongest boxer ever, and win.

“My story will be full of action and it has some funny parts in it,” explains Ainsley. He says he got the idea to write this unique story while he was trading funny stories about grannies with his friends. When tasked with writing a play, he decided to go with this one. The most challenging part of writing this play, however, was choosing his protagonists. He hopes that through the determined granny and the champion boxer, that his play “will be both full of action and have some funny parts.”

He looks forward to what he believes is the best part about writing plays: sharing it with an audience. “When I’m finished, I get to read it to everyone and see everyone liking my play.”

While this is Ainsley’s first time writing a play, it is not his first time writing stories. “Well, I’ve written stories about basketball and I’m writing another one now,” says Ainsley.

Ainsley loves basketball! He plays every day after school with his twin brother Levi, trades basketball cards and watches games when they are playing on TV. He also enjoys studying math facts and playing chess.

After the After-School Playwriting Program, Ainsley says that he enjoys playwriting and wants to continue writing on his own. His advice to young writers: “If you really want to write something, just don’t be afraid to write it. You never know if a lot of people will think it is really great.”