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

Audition Notice: Silence is Violence


(Non-Equity, Paid)

SILENCE IS VIOLENCE by Farah Lawal Harris
Directed by Eric Ruffin

Produced by Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT)

Saturday, April 11 – Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Anacostia Playhouse (2020 Shannon Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020) 

(at YPT, 6925 Willow Street, NW, Suite LL-230, Washington, DC 20012):

Friday, January 10, 2020, from 6 – 10 pm (10-minute slots)

Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 12 – 5 pm (10-minute slots)

*Actors will perform a contemporary monologue of their choice (no longer than 2 minutes), along with a prepared side monologue that will be sent upon confirmation of audition slot

(at YPT):

Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 6:30 – 10 pm


(at YPT, with actors)

February 17 - March 6, 2020 - the ensemble, playwright, and director will meet up to twice per week to read and provide feedback on drafts to help finalize the script. Exact dates and times TBD based on everyone's availability.

(at YPT):

Monday, March 9 – Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Mondays – Thursdays, from 6:30 – 10:30 pm

  • Saturdays, from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

TECH (at Anacostia Playhouse):

Thursday, April 2, 2020, from 6:30 – 10:30 pm

Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 10 am – 10 pm (10 of 12)

Sunday, April 5, 2020, from 10 am – 8 pm (8 of 10)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from 6:30 – 10:30 pm: Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, from 6:30 – 10:30 pm: Invited Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, April 9 & Friday, April 10, 2020, at 8 pm: PWYC Previews


Saturday, April 11, 2020, at 8 pm

Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 8 pm

Friday, April 17, 2020, at 8 pm

Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 3 pm & 8 pm

Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 3 pm

Monday, April 20, 2020, at 8 pm (Industry Night)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 11 am (DCPS student matinee)

Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 8 pm

Friday, April 24, 2020, at 8 pm

Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 3 pm & 8 pm

Sunday, April 26, 2020, at 3 pm

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 11 am (DCPS student matinee)

Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 8 pm

Friday, May 1, 2020, at 8 pm

Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 3 pm & 8 pm


At the center of Young Playwrights’ Theater's 25th Anniversary season will be the 7th installment of Silence is Violence, YPT's original social justice performance series. YPT investigates the impact of arts activism over the series’ 5-year history and the social issues that sparked the youth voices of Silence is Violence. Through a devised, dramatic piece, YPT explores the power of art in the wake of traumatic events and reveals the thoughts, fears and hopes of our young people. 

Since its inception in 2015, Silence is Violence has been YPT’s most immediate and direct route of addressing social justice issues affecting Washington, DC area youth through performance and community dialogue. Each Silence is Violence performance has centered the voices of our young people and the issues that affect them the most. The series has addressed issues of police brutality and the resulting murders of Black people at the hands of police, immigration policies that abuse the rights of and negatively affect the lives of immigrants and naturalized citizens, LGBTQ+ stories, culture and pride, urban environmentalism, gentrification and the experiences of displaced young, Black mothers. With these young people’s permission, YPT shapes their words into a theatrical production featuring professional performers, furthering YPT’s vision that young people’s voices are not only significant but also powerful.


We are seeking an ensemble of five adult actors who are able to play young people.

The ensemble will primarily consist of black and Latinx actors, but all races and ethnicities can submit. 

We also encourage actors of all genders to submit.


TO SUBMIT, email and include:

·         Your headshot and resume

·         Your preferred audition date(s) and time(s)

No phone calls, please.