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2018 New Play Festival

2018 New Play Festival
Three Magical Nights of 15 Professionally-Produced, Original
Student-Written Plays

 

 


May 7, 14 & 21, 2018
THEARC

1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020

 

All Performances at 7:00pm


Buy Adult Tickets HERE!

Reserve Tickets for Young People, 18 and Under HERE!

 

Introducing the 2018 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights

May 7, Elementary School Playwrights

May 14, Middle School Playwrights

May 21, High School Playwrights

Jessica Roane,
Shepherd Elementary School
Echo, the Honest Dolphin

Mattie Isaac,
DC International School
The Haunting of Dalter Meade

 

Josie Walyus,
H-B Woodlawn High School
Three Cheers to Grace

Belen Gonzales, Emma Paladino and Frankie Ozug,
Mundo Verde PCS
A Dangerous Path

Amija Coleman,
Washington School for Girls
The Dark Path

Shyann Buie,
Cardozo Education Campus
Discovering Alex

Jamari Munford, Tubman Elementary School
Adventure in Space

Marley Sowah,
DC International School
Not Another Afternoon Delay

Maria Dimalanta,
Wakefield High School
My Bittersweet Journey in Life

Natalie Aguilar
Tubman Elementary School
Star's Adventure

Gabrielle Minor,
Washington School for Girls
A Poet's Language

 

Bryan Mercado,
Mundo Verde PCS
Danger Quest

Kemistry Ingram,
Washington School for Girls
Better Together
 

Jalil Poole
Tubman Elementary School
Monstertelle

 

   

 

The Road to New Play Festival

The Road to New Play Festival

Track our journey to the big event here!

2018 New Play Festival First Readings!

April 7, 2018
 

2018 New Play Festival featured playwrights and their families had a chance to meet the cast and crew of their plays. Casts read the plays aloud for the first time and asked the playwrights questions for insight into their stories to help inform the artistic process!

 

See photos from the 2018 New Play Festival First Read!

2018 New Play Festival Kick-Off Party
January 13, 2018

YPT invited the 2018 New Play Festival featured and finalist playwrights and their friends and families to celebrate becoming produced and published playwrights! YPT production staff and dramaturgs and script advisors talked about dramaturgy and the production process. Families learned more about YPT, and the playwrights got to know about each other's plays! 

 

See more photos from the New Play Festival Kick-Off Party!

 

About New Play Festival

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices.

Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater produces a festival of plays from a diverse group of YPT students who have participated in the In-School Playwriting Program in celebration of these students' hard work and dedication to the craft of playwriting.

Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. 

YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers.

2017 New Play Festival

Take a look back at the 2017 New Play Festival!

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Meet the 2017 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights

Meet the talented featured playwrights and of the 2017 New Play Festival...

Meet the Cast of the 2017 New Play Festival

Meet our talented cast of professional actors!

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Past New Play Festivals

 

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"It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - The Helen Villegas Documentary

By iCD Productions

In the spring of 2014, documentary filmmakers at Corcoran College of Art + Design produced a short film on one of our 2014 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights, Helen Villegas. 

Helen, a student at Bell Multicultural High School, had written a stirring play called It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess... that our company performed on Night Three of the New Play Festival. The film premiered shortly thereafter!

We are incredibly proud of Helen and excited to share her work in this way. Without further ado, we present "It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - the documentary of Helen Villegas!

 

 

Special thanks to Benjamin Katz and the iCD Productions team for creating this beautiful film.