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The Young Playwrights Program (YPP), ACT's flagship education program, sends professional playwright teaching artists into area schools for 10 weeks to teach the basics of playwriting to Puget Sound-area students. ACT's YPP equips participants with tools for creative self-expression, endowing them with self-confidence and the sense that their ideas – about themselves, their world, and the challenges they face – matter, and their voices will be heard.
Started in 2002, YPP is a natural extension of ACT's commitment to new plays and playwrights. The YPP begins in the fall of the school year, when professional playwright/teaching artists from ACT go into the classroom and teach the rudiments of playwriting. Concepts taught include dramatic structure, character creation, dialogue, action, subtext, point of view, understanding and developing dramatic conflict, writing a scene, generating ideas through improvisation, the importance of rewrites, and writing for an audience. Each student playwright completes a 10- to 40-minute original play by the end of the session. The 10-week classroom portion of the YPP runs from September through December each year.
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2012 Young Playwrights Festival:
Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m.
Dinosaur Bones By Nora Germani, TOPS K-8
Directed by K. Brian Neel
A newly departed soul begins the afterlife with no memory of living...or what caused it to end. When Charlie suddenly bites the dust, only Death herself can help solve the mystery.
The Elephant In the Room by Kendall Reingold, Seattle Academy
Directed by David Gassner
Katie seems like the perfect daughter to her tofu-eating, Birkenstock-wearing, liberal parents. But when her new boyfriend turns out to be a Republican transplant from Mississippi, how far will her parents go to snap her out of this "phase"?
The Trial of the Wolf And the Three Little Pigs by Finnley Kafer, Explorer West Middle School
Directed by Kate Jaeger
Rare documentation of the trial that followed the famed Wolf v. Pig incident. Do you think you know the whole story?
Kristall by Anthony Bencivengo, Nathan Hale High School
Directed by Timothy Hyland
Set in 1938 Germany, we witness a snapshot of a family right before the choices of a son turn their lives upside-down. He leaves them behind as he joins a movement that will forever change the world.
Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Blood Like Water by Carter Stratton, Lakeside School
Directed by Sheila Daniels
An old woman on her deathbed reflects on her life. When she draws a connection between two significant events, she realizes something she should have known years ago.
Closets Are For Clothes by Chase Shenfield, NOVA High School
Directed by Meghan Arnette
In a world where homosexuality is the accepted norm, Kristin doesn't know what to do when she falls in love with a boy. Will her moms be able to accept her for being different?
A Fish Out of Water by Holly Butterfield, Nathan Hale High School
Directed by Kristina Sutherland
Ten year-old Finn is convinced he is turning into a fish. As he contemplates the end of life as he knows it, he sets off to do something meaningful with his remaining time as a human. If only he didn't have a dad and little sister to thwart his big plans.
Talking With God by Frank Garland, The Northwest School
Directed by Andy Jensen
Jesus and his dad aren't exactly on speaking terms. On Father's Day, a few of his heavenly companions encourage him to give it another try. Is it possible for Jesus to live up to be the son God expects him to be? Or is the pressure of having a famous, omniscient father just too much?