By Farah Lawal Harris and Directed by Eric Ruffin
In YPT’s 25th Anniversary season, YPT commemorates five years of its Silence is Violence social justice performance series with an immersive, interactive, dramatic experience derived from short plays, vignettes, monologues and spoken word poetry written by DC-area youth and local artists over the past five years. YPT revisits the social issues its students have addressed such as police brutality, gentrification, immigration, coming of age and LGBTQ identity by investigating Americanism and its effect on our youth today.
*As of March 16, 2020, Young Playwrights' Theater has made the difficult decision to postpone our performances of Silence is Violence, scheduled for April 9 through May 2. Learn more about YPT's commitment to community health and safety here.*
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.