Young Playwrights' Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices.

Young writers share a neighborhood's stories of change

Washington Post, Wednesday, February 24, 2010

by DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer

Photo by Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post
 
Gentrification was the subject the students in the Young Playwrights’ Theater were assigned to tackle and make into a play. Some students had never heard of the word, although they were living in the midst of it, walking through it each school day in Columbia Heights where their after-school program on playwriting is located. Watching stores go up and trees come down, and neighbors disappearing and new people coming in and the bright lights of Target and Best Buy replacing dingy old buildings. At least some people thought they were dingy.
 
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