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YPT News 2007-2008

Express Picks Green Growing and Original as Top Stop

DC’s free daily, the Express, chose YPT’s event New Writers Now! Green Growing and Original as their Top Stop for Monday, December 15th, 2008.  Click here to see the Express.


WTOP’s Man About Town Visits with YPT

Bob Madigan of WTOP News profiles YPT for his Man About Town series, interviewing playwrights Jorge Hernandez and Vanessa Vatran from October’s New Writers Now!  

To hear the radio news segment follow this link. Scroll down to the clip called "The Play’s the Thing."

Prince of Petworth Article about YPT

Writing for local blog, the Prince of Petworth, Tina explores Young Playwrights’ Theater. She says "This is one of those places that you find out about and wish more people knew it existed."

For more, click here.

Celebrating Community: A New Writers Now! Event in honor of
Hispanic Heritage month

Washington, DC -- The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) partnered with Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) on Monday, October 27, 2008 to present Celebrating Community: A New Writers Now! Event in honor of Hispanic Heritage month.

For more info click here.

The 4th Grade Times

Past Promising Playwright Sophie ReVeal publishes The 4th Grade Times. For her October edition, she assigned classmate and fellow past promising playwright Jane Stirling to write an article about YPT. 

Click here to download a PDF of the October edition of The 4th Grade Times.

4th Grade Times

Leader to Leader Honors YPT

Leader to Leader Institute chose YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program as their Nonprofit Innovation of the Week for August 6 – 13, 2008. Chosen from among hundreds of submissions, YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program was noted for fully integrating English Language Arts Standards into the curriculum and working to implement an in-school model that can be replicated throughout D.C. Public Schools and beyond. 

Searching for Solutions in Trinidad
WAMU’s Metro Connection
In the summer of 2008 YPT teamed with CityDance to provide an innovative playwriting and choreography camp at the Trinidad Recreation Center.  The summer camp was highlighted in a recent piece on WAMU’s Metro Connection, "Searching for Solutions in Trinidad." 
Chasing George Washington performed at White House
First Lady introduces new musical written with help from YPT students

On Friday March 7th, the new musical Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure, written by YPT’s Founding Artistic Director Karen Zacarias with help from YPT students at Capitol City Public Charter School had a special performance in the White House’s East Room.

For the full article on Mrs. Bush’s remarks as she introduced the play click here.

For more about Chasing George Washington click here.

White House Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian. 

Chasing George Washington to a Good Story
Washington Times, March 13, 2008
The dude on the dollar bill leaps to life in Karen Zacarias’ entertaining and sometimes inspiring children’s musical "Chasing George Washington." The production (at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater) also features a spry score by Deborah Wicks La Puma that ably mixes hip-hop, disco, ballads and traditional show music.

DCist Interview with Program Manager, Patrick Torres

DCist, a popular local blog did an in-depth article on Young Playwrights’ Theater and Program Manager, Patrick Torres in advance of the 2008 New Play Festival. 


Spotlight: Back on Stage
Washingtonian, February 2008
Washingtonian wrote about Karen Zacarias’ incredible season, with four new plays opening in Washington.  
Dramatic Possibilities
Sojourners, January 2008
Sojourners, a magazine of faith, politics and culture wrote about YPT Founding Artistic Director, Karen Zacarias in their article "Dramatic Possibilites."
Confronting Immigration Head-On
Washington Post, December 14, 2007
The Washington Post profiled Patrick Crowley’s play "The Nation of Immigrants Project."  Patrick Crowley said "I do theater because I want to increase the dialogue."


David Snider: East of the River’s Heavy-Hitting Theater Advocate
East of the River, June 2007
East of the River profiled YPT Producing Artistic Director, David Snider about his work with YPT and as head of the League of Washington Theatres.