This is a writing workshop for adults with autism. Actors with Theatre Horizon and teachers with Philadelphia Young Playwrights are working together with seven students to write short, one-act plays.
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By: Emma O’Neill-Dietel (J.R. Masterman High School, Grade 9)
Working with PYP at Cliveden has been an incredible experience for me. I now feel that I have a deeper, more personal connection with history, especially the 1700s through late 1800s, which I knew very little about prior to Liberty to go to See. Working with the other young playwrights at Cliveden was my first experience with collaborative writing and I can’t imagine having a better one. I learned so much about my writing style and the benefits of working with others and sharing my work. I also made valuable friendships that I will always cherish.
Through working with Cliveden I have gained a greater respect for history. I have also expaned my knowledge about the time period during which the Chews lived there. I feel a more personal connection with the people and events I learned about and I have a greater interest in that time period. I am able to draw connections between what happened at Cliveden and what I learn about in school which helps me understand history and makes it more interesting.
Liberty to go to See was also an incredible writing experience. I had never collaborated on a play before and I learned a lot about writing and forming ideas as a group. It also helped me see my style as an individual and by reading others’ work I was able to improve upon my writing. I had also never even considered writing historical fiction before and Liberty to go to See was the perfect gateway into the genre.
Through Cliveden I not only learned about writing and history, but I learned about myself. I have always been very shy and never made very many friends at camp. Cliveden was incredibly better. By the beginning of the week-long intensive, I knew everyone by face and felt extremely comfortable. For a week, Cliveden was my home and my fellow young playwrights were my family. I dreaded the end and eagerly anticipated the writing sessions we had every so often once school started. My experience with Cliveden helped me come out of my shell and gave me friends I will always treasure. I wouldn’t trade my time at Cliveden for the world.
A terrific article on Young Playwright’s current very dynamic work at Edison High School in collaboration with Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre!
The project - which is free to the school - brings professional actors and writers to the Kensington school to explore William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo & Juliet, with about 45 students. They will also study the art of writing Elizabethan sonnets and later have the chance to enter a sonnet competition.
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[In collaboration with NoPassport and Dominic D’Andrea, 30/30/1 was presented in Philadelphia, PA on March 22, 2014 by Plays and Players, Directors Gathering, Power Street Theatre, Philadelphia New Play Initiative and Tamanya Garza. 30/30 USLatin@/NoPassport is a national reading festival celebrating new American plays. The remarks were delivered at the 30/30/1 event on Ms. Hudes’ behalf by Gabriela Sanchez.]
A day celebrating Latino playwrights? Yeah, right. Ha ha. Very funny. Though today does not appear to be April 1… Hm. And these flyers are pretty slick and well designed. If someone wanted to prank me they really went out of their way to do so. Hm. Do we get the entire twenty four hours? Or do they just give us like from noon to four and then kick us out? Oh, hold on. “They” donʼt give “us” anything? We made the day ourselves? And invited whoever was game to join in the fun? And people who werenʼt Latino actually came? Holy shit, thatʼs amazing! Oops. I probably shouldnʼt curse on Latino playwrights day. If I act too crazy theyʼll make sure this shit never happens again. Theyʼll be like, “You give ʻem a day and see what happens?” Read more…