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YPT at 25! Events in 2019-2020!


Silence is Violence 2020
A Play Exploring 5 Years of YPT's Social Justice Performance Series

By Farah Lawal Harris and Directed by Eric Ruffin
April 9 - May 2, 2020

Anacostia Playhouse | Buy Tickets

At the center of Young Playwrights’ Theater's 25th Anniversary season will be the 7th installment of Silence is Violence, YPT's original social justice performance series. YPT investigates the impact of arts activism over the series’ 5-year history and the social issues that sparked the youth voices of Silence is Violence. Through a gripping story, YPT explores the power of art in the wake of traumatic events and takes you inside the trials and triumphs of the YPT classroom and into the thoughts, fears and hopes of our young people.  

Learn more about our Silence is Violence Performance Series.


YPT 25th Anniversary Celebration

Monday, April 27, 2020, at 6:00pm
The Mead Center for American Theater, Home of Arena Stage | Buy Tickets

Celebrate 25 years of Young Playwrights' Theater! Join alumni, artists, audience members, friends and family for a delightful evening of fun, connection, remembrance and visioning as we salute the legacy of Young Playwrights' Theater and dream together about the next 25 years.


Past Events

PGCC Young Playwrights’ Showcase

A presentation of original plays by PGCC’s own student playwrights

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 7pm
The Center for Performing Arts at Prince George’s Community College

Black Box Theater

The illustrious Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) has partnered with Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) to offer a course on playwriting to PGCC performing arts students! This is the first partnership of its kind in which students can explore dramatic writing at PGCC. 

Join YPT and PGCC for a celebration of the students’ hard work: a staged reading of the students’ original plays. Featuring professional actors and directed by YPT Program Director Jared Shamberger, plays exploring coming of age and lessons of love, friendship and life will fill the new Black Box Theater at the Center for Performing Arts.

 For more information about PGCC’s new Center for Performing Arts, please visit

This partnership is made possible by the generous support of the
Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council.

See photo highlights from the event!

Play in Development: Rewrite by Tyrese Rowe

Rewrite (formerly No Hood Story) captures the inner world and outer life challenges of a young man coming of age in Washington, DC. Since summer 2019, Duke Ellington School of the Arts alumnus Tyrese Rowe has been crafting this memoir piece with the guidance of YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris. This fall, Tyrese's play was presented in a public reading in which audience members got to meet the playwright and offer feedback!

Workshop Reading at the 18th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival
Monday, September 2, at 10:30am
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Family Theater

In YPT’s second year at the Annual Page-to-Stage Festival presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, YPT presents the first public reading of Rewrite (formerly No Hood Story)

See highlights from the Kennedy Center staged reading!

Return to the 25th Anniversary Home Page for more information.