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2018 New Play Festival

2018 New Play Festival
Three Magical Nights of 15 Professionally-Produced, Original
Student-Written Plays


May 7, 14 & 21, 2018

1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020

All Performances at 7:00pm
Tickets on sale March 5, 2018!

Stay tuned for updates, highlights and more! 

New Play Festival

 About the New Play Festival

About New Play Festival

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices.

Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater produces a festival of plays from a diverse group of YPT students who have participated in the In-School Playwriting Program in celebration of these students' hard work and dedication to the craft of playwriting.

Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. 

YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers.

2017 New Play Festival

Take a look back at YPT's 2017 New Play Festival!

May 1, 2017
GALA Hispanic Theatre


May 8, 2017
Theater J 


May 15, 2017
Anacostia Playhouse



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Meet the 2017 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights

Meet the talented featured playwrights and of the 2017 New Play Festival...

Meet the Cast of the 2017 New Play Festival

Meet our talented cast of professional actors!


Past New Play Festivals


To see photos, video and information on past New Play Festivals, follow the links below.


To view production history prior to 2007, click here.


"It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - The Helen Villegas Documentary

By iCD Productions

In the spring of 2014, documentary filmmakers at Corcoran College of Art + Design produced a short film on one of our 2014 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights, Helen Villegas. 

Helen, a student at Bell Multicultural High School, had written a stirring play called It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess... that our company performed on Night Three of the New Play Festival. The film premiered shortly thereafter!

We are incredibly proud of Helen and excited to share her work in this way. Without further ado, we present "It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - the documentary of Helen Villegas!



Special thanks to Benjamin Katz and the iCD Productions team for creating this beautiful film.