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by: Sarah Galante
Over the past few months, Philadelphia Young Playwrights has brought together professional artists, University of the Arts students, and Philadelphia high school students to collaborate on PYP’s exciting new change to their annual fundraiser that has previously taken place at World Cafe Live. Write On! will take place on May 11th in Philadelphia Young Playwrights new home on 1219 Vine St (the Asian Arts Initiative Building) and will be an interactive evening focusing on celebrating our new home. Guests will also be able to work alongside teen and college artists, social practice artists, and theater professionals from AAI (Asian Arts Initiative), MAP (Mural Arts Program), and PYP (Philadelphia Young Playwrights) toward a new and collaborative work art in progress, the 1219 Project.
Throughout this past spring semester, Glen Knapp and David Bradley have been teaching a special topics course at the University of the Arts called Approaches to Multi-Generational Theater Making. UArts students have been collaborating with professional artists and high school writers alike through a series of different guest artists, speakers, and out of class workshops. I had the opportunity to interview one of the students currently taking the course, a freshman playwriting major named Joshua Logan Walker, and I think he explains the magnitude and creative energy of the course perfectly.
“Most girls’ boy problems consist of them having to choose between two guys or something like that. I have to choose between a guy and my religion.”
Each spring, Young Playwrights partners with InterAct Theatre Company to produce the Young Voices Monologue Festival, featuring the work of talented high school students in the City of Philadelphia. A collection of vibrant and diverse perspectives, Young Voices taps into the energy of what it means to be a young person in our city today, now, in this very moment. With subjects ranging from college admission, young love, and neglectful parents to gender identity, abuse, and the state of the city at large, Young Voices honors the experiences, challenges, and triumphs of young people from throughout Philadelphia, placing their voices center stage for audiences from around the region to experience firsthand.
This year’s Festival was no different. Samira Duwan, a junior at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, wrote a monologue about her personal experiences as a young Muslim woman in love. “I was going through that struggle at the time, and I just decided to write about it.”
With the help of the Knight Foundation, we want our Young Voices to start a national conversation. Check out the video about Samira’s experience, and then watch “Love-Trouble” in action at the 2015 Young Voices Monologue Festival.
What do you think? Have you ever faced a decision between your beliefs and your desires? Tell us!
Check out this fabulous review of the 2015 Young Voices Monologue Festival!
Allison Rickert, of Phindie.com goes into great detail about several of the monologues and really talks about why it is so important to hear these Student Voices! She is quoted below, but be sure to click the button to read the full review.
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"If there is anything to take away from YOUNG VOICES, it’s that 17 Philadelphia-area Millennials are not ignorant to suffering, to pain, or to what might bring joy, and they’re not afraid to speak out about it. As a fellow Millennial, I was proud to see my generation breaking stereotypes left, right, and center stage. "
The 2015 Young Voices Monologue Festival is sponsored by Knight Foundation, Citizens Bank, Charlotte Cushman Foundation, Connelly Foundation, and Honorary Producers Harvey & Virginia Kimmel