Promising Playwright, July 2013
Raven Gabrielle Koo-Koo Abbey is having a great time with YPT at camp this summer. She just started her second year at Camp Promise at the East County Recreation Center in Montgomery County. At camp, she and 120 other students get to participate in YPT’sSummer Playwriting Program, in addition to other arts, crafts and games. This is Raven’s second year at camp with YPT. She had a great time last year and she says, "I thought the activities were really fun - and it was really organized. And it was just really fun." She especially likes playing the theater games and acting out the plays written at camp.
Last summer, her play drew upon personal experience. "It was about a girl and her mom. They were having conflict because she was a basketball player and she had to decide whether to go to the basketball game where her friends were going to be, or stay at home and do her homework and miss out on the basketball game." She explains, "I’m an athlete, so I got that from my perspective."
Raven explained that with all of her interests, it’s difficult for her to sit still. She says, "I’m usually active. I don’t prefer to stay in one spot; I prefer to be moving around." However, when she’s expressing herself artistically, through writing, drawing or music, she finds that she can stay still because "I’m doing something I really want to do."
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