Eleventh grader Ian Real is used to moving to new places. He has lived in Germany, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky and Argentina. So, when the U.S. Airforce sent his father to Washington, DC in January of 2011, Ian was already on the lookout for new ways to meet people.
A new friend from Bell Multicultural High School invited him to the Young Playwrights’ Workshop, and he decided to join. "The first time I went to the Workshop, I was greeted," he remembers. "The Workshop relaxed me and gave me confidence, as well as strengthened me as an actor through constructive criticism and acting concepts. It’s a release."
As they prepared for the Workshop’s final performance, Out of the Shadow, Ian worked with a group to create the three allegories featured in the piece, which focus on bullying targeting appearance, immigrant status, and sexuality.
YPT will present Out of the Shadow at the Capital Fringe Festival this Saturday, July 23. Click here to learn more.
"Earlier in the workshop I had written an allegory using birds," he explains, "so I started from there and changed it from people being bullied because of their looks to people being bullied because of where they are from - for being an immigrant and an outsider. As a group, we added on and collaborated on that basic idea and turned it into something bigger."
In August, Ian will be off on his next adventure: moving to Azerbaijan. However, he hopes to come back to the United States for college. "I’m thinking of studying psychology because I like knowing the reasons people think in certain ways. And if someone needs help, it teaches you how to manipulate a person’s mind - in a good way - to help them."
For more Promising Playwrights click here.