Vermont Young Playwrights -- Day 2 -- High School

VYP 2018 -- Cold Readings - First Round


Cold Readings - Second Round (Part 1)


Cold Readings - Second Round (Part 2)


Staged Readings
For MIDDLE SCHOOL VYP 2018 videos, go here: https://youngwritersproject.org/node/22662 For texted responses to Middle School cold readings: https://youngwritersproject.org/node/22699

Welcome. These are the full videos of the two rounds of High School Cold Readings and the afternoon of Staged Readings at the 2018 Vermont Young Playwrights Festival.  Warning, some contain profanity.

Cold Readings - 1:  #1: St. Johnsbury Academy (Crave, Hannah Panda); #2: Twinfield Union High School (Not a Spaghetti Western, Liv Boucher); #3: Thetford Academy (A Geeks Problem, Jade Elias); $4: Hannaford Career Center,(Maple Drive, Mitchel Tierney); #5: Spaulding High School (Caveat Empire, Emma Riddle). Texted responses to plays, go here: https://youngwritersproject.org/node/22697

Vermont Young Playwrights -- Middle School Videos

First Cold Readings on Monday May 21


Second Cold Readings on Monday May 21


Staged Readings on Monday May 21

For videos of High School cold readings and staged performances, go here: https://youngwritersproject.org/node/22689

Welcome. Here are the recorded feeds from the first day of the 2018 Vermont Young Playwrights Festival featuring some great plays by Middle School students throughout Vermont. Enjoy. The cold readings include feedback sessions. The program and festival is a collaboration between Vermont Stage Company, Flynn Center for Performing Arts and Young Writers Project. Professional actors and student actors read the parts.

 

Vermont Young Playwrights -- Stream


We apologize. Flynn Center lost its Internet for a while. It’s back.Performances are being recorded and We will post reading of Rock Point School  play later.  Welcome. This is the live stream for the second day of the 2018 Vermont Young Playwrights Festival at Flynn Space. 

Tuesday's lineup: 9:45-11:15 first round of cold readings of high school playwrights. 11:30-1 p.m. second round of cold readings of high school playwrights.

Tuesday 2 -4 p.m. Staged Readings of high school playwrights, including one by YWP's MaisieN!

For yesterday's videos of middle school performances: https://youngwritersproject.org/node/22662

 

March 16-- SoundCheck in Burlington


Mark MARCH 16 on your calendars. YWP's monthly pizza/workshop/open mic at Burlington City Arts -- was again postponed because of snow -- and will focus on gun violence, school safety, political inaction.

PLEASE COME. Join in a workshop with YWP's Denise Casey and Rajnii Eddins at 6 p.m. and open mic at 7 p.m. Bring your writing. Bring your outrage.

PACK THE HOUSE!

 

Thesbians, playwrights, lend me your ...

THREE WEEKS LEFT!

Have you always wanted to write a play? Have you always thought that you were good at writing dialog, creating characters, creating drama?

WE WANT YOU! YWP is providing you three more weeks of its Playwriting Workshop ON THIS SITE. Geoff Gevalt and others will provide you feedback and help you finish a 10-minute play. The best h.s. and middle school plays will be presented ON STAGE at the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival May 21-22.

Jump in: https://youngwritersproject.org/node/17834. JOIN. Don't Delay!
Oct 17

coward

 my hands tap
tap tap
on my page
and I can feel my aphantasia  
clicking like a clock,
my eyes focused,
then unfocused.
Like a camera lens trying to see in the dark.  
and my mind is tap tap tapping
on my skull and spine telling me to move
but my numbed joints scream in protest
so I stay down.  
‘Coward!’  my brain tells me.
Coward.  
Time speeds up and then slows,
my ears popping with the change.
There’s a quiet ringing in my head but it still drowns out the noise around me.  
every nerve in my body is tense and taught and tipped to the very top of their threshold.  
my body feels like a harp;
Like it could make music at the hands of a master.
I can’t feel my self imploding
but I know it’s happening
and I have a cure but my hands are tied
and to be honest
I would rather die then
fall to the feet
of some invisible deity

 

Online Playwriting Workshop! -- UPDATE

Great response to our planned online Playwriting Workshop; everyone preferred a January start, so ... we'll start at the New Year.

HOWEVER, please sign up NOW to help us plan. A big part of this is the support -- feedback, suggestions, ideas -- you give each other so the more the better. I will be leading this workshop and will pull in some writerly friends in the draft stage to help get some fresh eyes on your work. 

The best plays by middle and high school students will be presented ON STAGE as part of Vermont Young Playwrights festival in May.

Ready? And we welcome students OUTSIDE of Vermont to participate. (If your play is chosen for performance, you can watch it streamed live!) MORE INFO and SIGN UP HERE!

 

MGMC at Maglianero's Tonight!

MUSLIM GIRLS MAKING CHANGE

LAST SHOW BEFORE THE AWARD-WINNING SLAM POETRY TEAM GOES OFF TO COLLEGE


AUG.13 6:30-8:30 PM
 MAGLIANERO'S (47 MAPLE STREET – BURLINGTON)


FUNDRAISER FOR PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER
 
Join Hawa Adam, Lena Ginawi, Kiran Waqar and Balkisa Omar for their final performance as MGMC before they leave for college. Suggested donation: $5 to support the Peace & Justice Center


 
Jul 23

A writer's request

Any drummers and bass players out there? We came across this plea from Rubber Soul: Hi peoples! As some of you already might know, I sometimes post songs onto YWP. I'm looking for someone who could add to them with drums, and someone who could add to them with bass.  So could some people send me a video/recording (but preferably video) of themselves playing the drums/bass? (Kind of as an audition, I guess.) Thank you! :)​ - Rubber Soul


 

Texted Responses to VYP 2018 -- Middle School Cold Readings

Response

Response to Middle School cold readings. We apologize the responses to plays 1 & 2 somehow were not saved. 




#9 thank you for your wonderful play! The humor mixed with the conflict made it really interesting to watch.
#9 I really down to earth, about things that many people have experienced
#9 Do you relate to Ajax?
Play #9 haha the dEmOn was FuNNY!!!!!!!!!
#9 What was your inspiration for a good demon, usually they are a bad thing
#9 The message behind the story is powerful...(even though there is some humor) What is your take on the main point?


#8 I myself have experienced racism, and it made me very emotional. It was so powerful and I love it.
#8 this was the Best play I've ever heard in my life! You are amazing!
#8 that was powerful. When the two ladies spoke at the same time, I had goosebumps
#8 This was so amazing. So powerful and all around a beautiful piece

Texted Responses to VYP 2018 -- High School Cold Readings Round 1

Response to VYP 2018 High School Cold Readings Round 1 

#1: St. Johnsbury Academy (Crave, Hannah Panda); #2: Twinfield Union High School (Not a Spaghetti Western, Liv Boucher); #3: Thetford Academy (A Geeks Problem, Jade Elias); $4: Hannaford Career Center,(Maple Drive, Mitchel Tierney); #5: Spaulding High School (Caveat Empire, Emma Riddle).


5: I really liked how the premise was largely unexplained, forcing us to come up with a world and some explanation of the toy/human relationship
"5 it was very original, never heard anything like it. maybe develop the female human a little more.
5- FOR ACTORS please wait for the other actors to finish the lines
5: Mention the performance for the king earlier; earlier its said that they're just tourists. I love the originality!
5- You did an amazing job working with unique character and dialog. Maybe it would be nice if there was a bit more closure to the story?

Texted Responses to VYP 2018 -- High School Cold Readings Round 2



Responses to the Second Round of High School Plays --  #1: Champlain Valley Union (Snack Cakes, Pete Skpasyk); #2: Rock Point School (Unknown, Josh Santora); #3: Middlebury Union High School, (Call Me After You Leave, Anna McIntosh); #4: Winooski High School (Untitled, Rehmah Alchaderchi); #5: Bellows Free Academy (Momicide, Julia Scott);  #6: Mt Abraham Union (The Game Changer, Patrick Marotulio)
 
#6 wow, it was great, the way the characters yelling back and forth makes the play flow so well, the way it was written was done perfectly.
#6: fascinating interpretation of young adult relationships.
6. The shift between their anger to accepting the infidelity seemed kind of sudden, but I enjoyed their development as characters.
#6 Good comparison between sports and their relationship. Very creative!!
6- the dialogue was amazing and I loved the back and forth
#6, wow. the team bit was honestly genius
Apr 24
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Power of Voice


When my voice lifts tilts spins richochets off countless caverns I feel the reverb in stomach like human echolocation it finds me in the world utterly immersed in sheer vibration I shimmer and shiver without a doubt heart sung notes in my throat no longer held by the twin enfoldings set free from this box of voice to roam the streets at midnight to serenade the moon and take plunges in sacred waters no human being has ever seen when it reaches you wiping the sweat from your brow or suspended in mid air jumping from a cliff into crystal blue waters it will change your physiology literally making you a new being no words are spoken not ones that human ears would recognize only the language of womb heart beat and ululating lullabye a bridge to the dawn of creation when my voice reaches the tender waking edges of tomorrow sifting through sands of time for golden moments that last for eternity perhaps you will join in the chorus at least we'll know in harmony there is music in our liv
Apr 02
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Earth climate change



My fellow humans
Climate change is real
Take for example the arctic It’s slowly melting
We are carving ourselves into a crippled world
One were our natural beautiful landscapes are slowly being destroyed 
We need to stand up and protect the only world we got
We have to be mindful about the things around us
The earth isn’t our trash can it’s our home
And we don’t just destroy our homes
Our home needs us
So let’s stand up and protect the land
We only have one home!

 

Land of Free

Look out, America
They’re coming

The Privileged 
The ones who are fed with golden spoons 

The Artists
They’ll paint you themselves 
if you don't match what's already on their pallets

Watch out!

The Poets
They’ll write themselves in history as heroes
But not the sins they committed to receive this title


Run!

The Do-Gooders
They’ll tell us they saved us from living like dirty savages
As if death isn't sweeter than a
White Man’s branding on our chest


The Firefighters
We don't have the same beliefs so they say 
Let them burn!

Look out, America
They're coming.

 

MGMC Featured at Poetry Riot Tonight!


Muslim Girls Making Change, the amazing slam poetry team made up of seniors from Burlington and South Burlington high schools will be featured at this month's Poetry Riot, led by YWP's Artistic Director Rajnii Eddins.

Do not miss this performance Wednesday evening!
Mar 06
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MGMC -- Women's Forum

Feb 27
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Poetry Riot -- Thanks for coming.



Poetry Riot
with Young Writers Project, Inc./The Poetry Experience
Hosted By Rajnii Eddins

5:30PM DOORS
6:00PM-8:00PM
FREE - $3 Suggested Donation
ALL AGES
Feb 15
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Nice Strangers

  One time my family, friends and I went on a trip to the west coast of San Francisco. The days were winding down like a Jack In the Box and soon the sunny, beach days would be over and we would head back to the cold, snowy winters of Burlington Vermont. The folks we were renting from had a lemon tree in the backyard, prior to that day we have picked them off and made delicious homemade lemonade. We decided it would be good to get a few bucks each to go home with so we set up that quick and easy way to make money in movies, the lemonade stand. Business has never been so good, almost everyone who walked by had some delicious lemonade. It was in the morning so one problem was most early risers love their coffee so financially that was our biggest competitor. Then this guy with an ecsquisit Australian accent walks by. This guy was great hit find. He recognized our hard work and where we set a fair 25 cents he tipped us 25 bucks almost doubling our cash for the day.
Jan 12
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Slam Poem


  Why do people have to pretend to be someone else, other than themselves? What’s the point wasting money on stuff that goes on your face and only last for a day just to impress someone else? Changing your style so you can fit in with others. Trying to get into the new trends. Getting social media and posting things you don’t even like. It might not be all the time, but it’s most. Getting new things to show off, that they don’t even want? Proving yourself worthy to be one of those popular kids. What’s the point for all of it? How can you live with yourself not actually being your own self? Is there a problem showing your true colors.
“ Should I get this? Would she like these new pair of shoes no, but I think she would?” 
“ Should I send I don’t know or yes. I have to seem cool in a way, for them to like me?” 
“ Should I do my makeup different then usually or the same? ugh.”