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

Silence is Violence

By Farah Lawal Harris and 
Directed by Eric Ruffin
April 9 - May 2, 2020

Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place SE

Washington, DC 20020

At the center of Young Playwrights’ Theater's 25th Anniversary season is 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. 

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About Silence is Violence

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 centers 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.

Silence is Violence serves as a means for young people to actively communicate their concerns through targeted dramatic writing workshops and community partnerships. 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.