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 New Play Festival

This year's New Play Festival will be better than ever!

About the New Play Festival

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices.

Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater honors plays from a diverse group of YPT students in a production that celebrates the playwright’s craft.

Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. 

YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers.

Objective:  The New Play Festival celebrates and honors the work of our young playwrights.


Monday, May 1, at 7pm
GALA Hispanic Theatre

3333 14th St, NW

See moments from night one!

On night one, we saw plays written by talented elementary school playwrights and met chocolate heroes, fairy friends! 




Monday, May 8, at 7pm
Theater J

1529 16th St, NW

See moments from night two!

On night two, we saw plays written by wonderful middle school playwrights! Inspiring heroines, dastardly villains, themes of courage and stories of wit abound in Night Two's performances!




Monday, May 15, at 7pm
The Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Pl, SE

See moments from night three!

High School student playwrights tackled topics of racism, life obstacles and hard choices while having a little fun with mad scientists and talking birds with a lot to say! 


Thank you to our Reception Sponsors: 

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Meet the 2017 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights

Meet the talented featured playwrights and of the 2017 New Play Festival and learn about their work

Meet the Cast of the 2017 New Play Festival

Meet our talented cast of professional actors!

"It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - The Helen Villegas Documentary
By iCD Productions

In the spring of 2014, documentary filmmakers at Corcoran College of Art + Design produced a short film on one of our 2014 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights, Helen Villegas. 

Helen, a student at Bell Multicultural High School, had written a stirring play called It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess... that our company performed on Night Three of the New Play Festival. The film premiered shortly thereafter!

We are incredibly proud of Helen and excited to share her work in this way. Without further ado, we present "It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - the documentary of Helen Villegas!



Special thanks to Benjamin Katz and the iCD Productions team for creating this beautiful film.

Past New Play Festivals

To see photos, video and information on past New Play Festivals, follow the links below.



New Play Festival 2015






 New Play Festival 2014





New Play Festival 2013







New Play Festival 2012





New Play Festival 2011







New Play Festival 2010







New Play Festival 2009







New Play Festival 2008






New Play Festival 2007





To view production history prior to 2007, click here.