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Special Projects

Young Playwrights’ Theater often collaborates with theaters, museums, and other institutions to create timely works, highlighting the voices of DC students in some of Washington’s most prestigious venues. 

Businesses, museums, theaters or community organizations seeking to create a special project with YPT can contact Executive Director Brigitte Winter at bwinter@yptdc.org.

Crossing the Street

Building DC's Inclusive Future Through Creative Placemaking

Crossing the Street: SW Is...

Crossing the Street: SW Is... is a workshop series and community festival that explores what Southwest DC was, is and can be. Through playwriting, poetry and visual art workshops in local schools and community centers, YPT asked residents of all ages: “What does the past, present and future of SW look like to you?” Their responses will come to life in a performance piece and community festival that celebrates the neighborhood’s rich history and exciting future!

[UPDATE: The final performance and festival will be held on Sunday, November 6, not Saturday, October 22 as previously reported. Join us on Nov 6 for a day of theater, art and community!]


SW Is... Final Performance & Community Festival

Honor the past, present and future of Southwest DC at Crossing the Street: SW Is... - a performance and community festival celebrating the past, present and future of SW! 


Sunday, November 6 [*NEW DATE*]
12-3pm
4th & I St. SW
Free and open to the public
Click here for tickets!

 

Join Southwesters of all ages for a day of theater, art and family fun honoring Southwest DC. Learn about the neighborhood's history, hear from its young people and explore its future through the arts!

The event will have three distinct sections: SW Was...SW Is... and SW Can Be....
  • SW Was... will guide visitors through the history and culture of SW. With talks by local historians, archival photos and more, it's a must for any history buff!
     
  • SW Is... will bring the voices of Southwest to life onstage. Professional readings of student-written monologues and poems, music and dance performances and more await on the event's main stage! 
     
  • SW Can Be... features interactive, artistic explorations of Southwest's future. Write your thoughts on our magnetic poetry wall, stand on a soapbox to speak your mind and share it all on social media using #CrossingtheStreetSW!

Join us on Sunday, November 6 for all this and more! Click for tickets!


SW Is... featured in The Southwester!

Crossing the Street: SW Is... is featured on the back cover of the October 2016 issue of The Southwester, Southwest DC's free community newspaper! Click here to read up on the exciting project, and pick up a copy in newsstands across Southwest! 

Thank you to The Southwester for sharing SW Is...!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Thank you to the Southwest community stakeholders helping to make
Crossing the Street: SW Is... a reality!

ANC 6D

Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

Friends of Randall Rec Center

King Greenleaf Rec Center - Paul Taylor

SW Business Improvement District (SWBID)

SW Library

SW Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA)

SW Residents!

Westminster Presbyterian Church

 

 

 

 


YPT's Crossing the Street launch on June 4 was documented by a film crew from Stone Soup Films,
as part of their 2016 Doc-in-a-Day Festival! Click here to watch the great video!

Looking back...

Past Collaborations

Check out some of our past works below.

Crossing the Street: SW Is...

Fall 2016

 

Crossing the Street: SW Is... is a workshop series and community festival that explores what Southwest DC was, is and can be. Through...

The 524 Project

Spring 2014


In August of 2013, YPT was thrilled to learn that we won a $50,000 grant that enabled us to partner with Detroit-based InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) and Meridian Hill Pictures (MHP) to work...

The Civil War Special Project

Spring 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011
7pm Performance

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...

The Woodlawn Cemetery Project

Winter 2011

On February 7, 2011, at 7pm at GALA Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th St. NW), YPT premiered Woodlawn, a new play created collaboratively with residents and organizations throughout Ward 7 in Washington, ...

The Good Neighbor

YPT Collaborates with Fannie Mae to Premiere Community Play on Homelessness

Update: On June 24, 2011, YPT was excited to launch the new playwriting curriculum we created with Fannie Mae in the Fall of 2010. Beginning this summer, this innovative, interactive writing...

Choosing Change

Spring 2009

By the students of Oak Hill Academy

Directed by David Andrew Snider

In collaboration with the students of Oak Hill Academy and Mentoring Today,...

Chasing George Washington:

A White House Adventure

 A world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission
and co-production with the White House Historical Association

Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by John Vreeke

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The Nation of Immigrants Project

Presented by Patrick Crowley and YPT

Who gets to decide who belongs in the United States of America?

Young Playwrights’ Theater and playwright Patrick Crowley, in partnership with GALA Hispanic Theatre, presented the professional...

American Rice

The Smithsonian Institution commissioned Young Playwrights’ Theater to create an original piece on Asian American identity. YPT Program Manager Patrick Torres led six months of workshops with Asian...

African Roots Latino Soul

“What is the music inside you?”

 

 

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Retratos

 

Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s traveling art exhibit Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits, YPT’s Retratos was commissioned by the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater. 

More...

Choices

 

Written by Bell Multicultural High School students in reaction to the Holocaust, Choices was a life-changing experience for many of its writers. 

After reading Elie Weisel’s Night and through pen-pal relationships with the Kfar HaNoar Mozenson school students in Hod HaSharon, Israel, the Bell students were inspired to express their own struggles with violence and loss. Karen Zacarias worked with them to create Choices. Students told of losing their houses to arson, and holding dying friends in their arms as a means of trying to imagine the degree of loss and sacrifice endured by those targeted during the Holocaust, as well as their resolve. 

Choices was directed by Abel Lopez and performed at Theater J in 2004. 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Holy Ghosts: Stories from Meridian Hill

Working with Washington Parks and People, students in YPT’s After-School program explored Meridian Hill Park, an urban jewel in the midst of Washington, DC and a setting for many historic events. 

 

Students interviewed community members about their experiences and memories of the park.

 

 

Their play Holy Ghosts: Stories from Meridian Hill was performed in Meridian Hill Park in 2001 by professional actors. 

Special Projects Photo Album

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Special Projects photos on Flickr.