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Chasing George Washington:

A White House Adventure

 A world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission
and co-production with the White House Historical Association

Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by John Vreeke

March 8-16, 2008

Field trips are fun, especially when your destination is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! In this charming new musical, written in part with DC students and Young Playwrights’ Theater, Dee Dee, Jose, and Annie accidentally knock George Washington out of his portrait and into real life--turning their tour into an unexpected adventure. As they try to get the nation’s first President back into his painting, the threesome encounters other famous White House residents, including Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd, Dolley Madison, and Jackie Kennedy. Together, they learn that the White House isn’t just a historic building... it’s also a home.

When YPT Founding Artistic Director and award-winning playwright Karen Zacarias was invited to write a family-friendly play about the White House for the White House Historical Association and the Kennedy Center, she followed her natural instincts and decided to include young people in the process. She drafted a group of elementary school students and their teacher from Capitol City Public Charter School and, together with the artistic staff of YPT, set about exploring our nation’s first home with DC students. Through six weeks of in-school workshops with Karen and YPT, students were invited to imagine how they would redecorate the White House if they lived there, how it has changed over the years, and how its history relates to their lives and the life of our country. In addition to YPT’s in-school workshops, the students were inspired by a private tour of the White House, arranged by the White House Historical Association and led by the White House’s head curator. The result of their writings and this rich collaboration between Karen, YPT staff and composer Deborah Wicks La Puma is the delightful new musical Chasing George Washington.

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