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2018 New Play Festival

2018 New Play Festival
Three Magical Nights of 15 Professionally-Produced, Original
Student-Written Plays


May 7, 14 & 21, 2018

1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020

All Performances at 7:00pm
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Introducing the 2018 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights


May 7, Elementary School Playwrights

May 14, Middle School Playwrights

May 21, High School Playwrights

Jessica Roane,
Shepherd Elementary School
Pearl the Dolphin

Mattie Isaac,
DC International School
The Haunting of Dalter Meade


Josie Walyus,
H-B Woodlawn High School
Three Cheers to Grace

Belen Gonzales, Emma Paladino and Frankie Ozug,
Mundo Verde PCS

Amija Coleman,
Washington School for Girls
The Dark Path

Shyann Buie,
Cardozo Education Campus
Discovering Alex

Jamari Munford, Tubman Elementary School
Where is the Sun?

Marley Sowah,
DC International School
Marley's Mystery

Maria Dimalanta,
Wakefield High School
My Bittersweet Journey in Life

Natalie Aguilar
Tubman Elementary School
Star's Adventure

Gabrielle Minor,
Washington School for Girls

Mico Seupaul,
Ron Brown High School
Game Over

Bryan Mercado,
Mundo Verde PCS
Danger Quest

Kemistry Ingram,
Washington School for Girls
Better Together

Jalil Poole
Tubman Elementary School




About New Play Festival

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices.

Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater produces a festival of plays from a diverse group of YPT students who have participated in the In-School Playwriting Program in celebration of these students' hard work and dedication to the craft of playwriting.

Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. 

YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers.

2017 New Play Festival

Take a look back at the 2017 New Play Festival!


Meet the 2017 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights

Meet the talented featured playwrights and of the 2017 New Play Festival...

Meet the Cast of the 2017 New Play Festival

Meet our talented cast of professional actors!


Past New Play Festivals


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"It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - The Helen Villegas Documentary

By iCD Productions

In the spring of 2014, documentary filmmakers at Corcoran College of Art + Design produced a short film on one of our 2014 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights, Helen Villegas. 

Helen, a student at Bell Multicultural High School, had written a stirring play called It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess... that our company performed on Night Three of the New Play Festival. The film premiered shortly thereafter!

We are incredibly proud of Helen and excited to share her work in this way. Without further ado, we present "It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - the documentary of Helen Villegas!



Special thanks to Benjamin Katz and the iCD Productions team for creating this beautiful film.