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

The Civil War Special Project
Spring 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011
7pm Performance
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Rehearsal Hall
641 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

As part of our Special Projects program, YPT was commissioned by Ford’s Theatre to explore some of the themes and issues that still reverberate today from the beginning of the Civil War.

During six weeks of workshops, approximately 100 students at Banneker High School and Kelly Miller Middle School explored why and how the war began - and wrote monologues, scenes and short plays based on their own views of the war and how it still resonates in their lives today.

On Monday, June 13, in the Rehearsal Hall of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, YPT’s professional actors read scenes and monologues written by these 7th and 11th graders, in an evening that inspired audience members with the students’ insights and imagination. From period pieces on the relationship between owner and slave, to contemporary scenes on bullying and intolerance, these plays caused the audience to consider again how the war affects us yet today - and to appreciate the amazing sophistication and empathy of DC students.