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2018 New Play Festival Recap

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


May 7, 14 & 21, 2018

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




2018 New Play Festival Journey

The Road to New Play Festival

Track our journey to the big event here!

2018 New Play Festival launches with an exciting night of elementary, middle and high school plays!
May 7 -21, 2018

This year's New Play Festival was so much fun! Our 16 featured playwrights brought fantastic stories to the stage!

See moments from:


Elementary School Night Middle School Night High School Night

2018 New Play Festival Rehearsals
May 5, 2018

Cast members Lori Pitts, Amal Saade, Ariana Almajan, Teshonne Powell, Jonathan Del Palmer, Jonathan Rizzardi, Caroline Lucas, Raghad Almakhlouf, Thomas Ellis and Clair Aniela along with director Avery Collins and crew rehearsed plays for Middle School at Young Playwrights' Theater.

See more moments from Middle School Night Rehearsals!

April 28, 2018

Cast members Noah Israel, Andrew Flurer, Tierra Coates, Suzanne Edgar and Angeleaza Anderson rehearsed in the beautiful THEARC Theatre along with Director Dan Mori, Stage Manager Keta Newborn, Props Designer Caroline Tyson and Sound Designer Kevin Alexander, and YPT Program Associate Claudia Rosales Waters!


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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!