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Young Playwrights in Progress

Young Playwrights in Progress

A New Play Development Program at Young Playwrights' Theater

Introducing our 2020-21 Young Playwrights in Progress

Over the course of the next few months, young playwrights will be workshopping original, full-length plays with YPT. Playwrights will meet virtually with YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris in workshop sessions for their scripts and will present their plays publicly in two virtual readings in February and May 2021. Playwrights will complete the program in May 2021 with carefully developed scripts that they will take with them as they continue their journey as playwrights. 

2020-21 YPIP Schedule of Events

Monthly Script Advising

September 2020 - May 2021: Monthly script advising meetings with YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris. These 90-minute meetings involve extensive feedback on new writing, as well as support in script elements (i.e. plot, character development, dramatic structure, etc.); they will take place via video-conferencing. Writing and reading assignments to be given at the end of each script advising meeting to be completed by the next session.

Public Readings

At stages of the process, YPT will present the work of YPIP playwrights through a series of staged readings. These readings are free to the public with a reserved online ticket. They will be hosted on a live, online platform.

The first phase of readings took play February 2 - 4, 2021. Thank you to our community for watching the playwrights' plays-in-progress. The February readings and Q&A's are all available to stream on YPT's YouTube channel

Stay tuned for Young Playwrights in Progress Virtual Readings in May!

The House by Savannah S. Miller
Directed by Farah Lawal Harris


May 2021 (Date TBA)

Following the deaths of their parents, two brothers must reckon with their family history upon the selling of their childhood home, invoking a lesson in where we come from and how it can define us. 

Featuring Felipe Cabezas, Omar Cruz, Ruth Elizabeth Diaz, Suzanne Edgar, and Jack Novak

Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend readings of both Act I and Act II of The House.

 

MATAYANDA by Adanna Paul
Directed by Farah Lawal Harris


May 2021 (Date, TBA)

An imaginary friend goes on a quest to find her best friend: a young Black woman lost in her struggle to confront her traumatic past and ultimately establish her own identity. Featuring Morgan Charéce and Chinna Palmer.

Content Warning: child molestation, drug use, explicit language