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YPT at 25! Events in 2019-2020!


Tell It Forward - The Power of Stories to Shape Our Future
A Live-Streamed Event Celebrating 25 Years of Youth Voices

May 30, 2020, at 7pm

YouTube Live & Facebook

Join us for Tell It Forward - The Power of Stories to Shape Our Future! May 30, 7pm, we go live online with an evening of inspirational poetry and monologues from YPT’s young playwrights, words from our supporters and friends, and the premiere of our 25th Anniversary documentary short. This event is free, and all are encouraged to make a donation in support of YPT. Leading up to the big day, be sure to follow YPT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and be part of the celebration!

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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

In YPT’s 25th Anniversary season, YPT commemorates five years of its Silence is Violence social justice performance series with an immersive, interactive, dramatic experience derived from short plays, vignettes, monologues and spoken word poetry written by DC-area youth and local artists over the past five years. YPT revisits the social issues its students have addressed such as police brutality, gentrification, immigration, coming of age and LGBTQ identity by investigating Americanism and its effect on our youth today.

Learn more about our Silence is Violence Performance Series.

*As of March 16, 2020, Young Playwrights' Theater has made the difficult decision to postpone our performances of Silence is Violence, scheduled for April 9 through May 2. Learn more about YPT's commitment to community health and safety here.*


YPT 25th Anniversary Gala

*The Mead Center for American Theater, Home of Arena Stage

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.

*As of April 20, 2020, our 25th Anniversary Gala at Arena Stage has been postponed. Learn more about YPT's commitment to community health and safety here



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.