Promising Playwright, February 2011
"Everybody needs a little happiness in their life," says Reyna Rios with a smile. "I think if you write about a topic that is happy and joyful you can make somebody’s day happier and brighten it."
When YPT came into her eleventh-grade English classroom at Bell Multicultural High School, Reyna seized the opportunity to inspire people with her words. "At first I was just going to write about a gossip scenario, but then I thought, ’How is that going to change anyone? How is that going to have an effect on a person’s life?’ I wanted to do something more meaningful, which is how the idea for my play came up," she explains.
Reyna’s play explores the struggles of a young woman caring both for her younger brother, who has type-two diabetes, and an older woman who becomes a maternal-figure in her life. Though the play deals with serious topics, it is ultimately uplifting and funny. "I’m a positive person, so I guess that was transmitted into the script," she adds.
Reyna enjoyed the process of writing her play in YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program so much that she decided to join the Young Playwrights’ Workshop. "The Workshop is fun, and it’s something I look forward to every Wednesday," she explains. "In my opinion it should be more than just one meeting a week."
When she is not acting and writing with YPT, Reyna enjoys reading, cooking, writing, and singing at her church. She is always looking for new things to do and explore.
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