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YPT – New Play Festival 2015 First Read

Every spring, Young Playwrights' Theater produces a festival of some of the most challenging, unpredictable plays the DC theatre community has to offer. The plays are written by elementary-through-high-school students in DC-area schools, and the playwrights always write stories constrained only by their imaginations and not what is realistic or producible.

For every festival, the first rehearsal is a special, magical moment when the students, actors, directors, and dramaturgs gather for the first time to read the plays, and the student-playwrights hear their words coming from professional actors who are fully committed to their characters and beginning to bring to life the worlds these kids have created with their words.

At the end of March, I was lucky enough to be in the room for one such group of readings to take these shots.