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

Silence Is Violence transformed

Silence Is Violence: Whose Earth Is This?

An Artistic Investigation Into Gentrification and
its Impact on DC Communities

March 5, 2018, at 7pm

Josephine Butler Parks Center

2437 15th Street NW
Washington DC, 20009


Tickets on Sale February 5, 2018


About the Silence Is Violence Series

Silence Is Violence: A #Black LivesMatter Event (2015) Silence Is Violence:
Who's Next? 
Silence Is Violence:
What Now?
(Spring 2017)
Silence Is Violence:
(Fall 2017)


Since its inception in 2015, Silence Is Violence has been YPT’s most immediate and direct route of addressing social justice issues affecting Washington, DC area youth through performance and community dialogue. The first two years of Silence is Violence (Silence Is Violence: A #BlackLivesMatter Event and Silence Is Violence: Who's Next?) addressed the #BlackLivesMatter movement as a response to the multitude of deaths of black people by the hands of police; in light of the most recent presidential inauguration, the spring 2017 Silence Is Violence: What Now? focused on themes of immigration and cultural pride. This past September, Silence Is Violence: LGBTQ+ You transformed the series into a mixed arts experience and celebrated the spirit and perseverance of DC area LGBTQ+ youth and adults through their words, music, visual art, performance and fellowship. Silence is Violence has continued to serve as a means for young people to actively communicate their concerns through targeted dramatic writing workshops and community partnerships. With these young people’s permission, YPT shapes their words into a performance piece with professional performers, furthering YPT’s vision that young people’s voices are not only significant but also powerful.


Continue the Conversation

Want to continue the vital conversation around the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Here are some resources to help get you on your way! 


Black Lives Matter website


Ferguson Response Tumblr

Justice 4 Mike Brown Tumblr

4 Mile March/Tamir Rice Candlelight Vigil

Ferguson Youth Initiative