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CHLI and YPT Present “CELEBRATING COMMUNITY” in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 30, 2008   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Yisel Cabrera
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Contact: Octavio Hinojosa

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 25, 2008) Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT) and the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) present Celebrating Community: A New Writers Now! Event in honor of Hispanic Heritage month.

The staged reading, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be presented at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 27th, 2008, at GALA Hispanic Theatre. CHLI will host a catered reception for students and attendees in the GALA Hispanic Theatre lobby beginning at 5:30 PM. GALA Hispanic Theatre is located at 3333 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009.

Celebrating Community, like all events in the New Writers Now! Series, will feature professional actors in a staged reading of student plays fresh from the classroom, followed by a community discussion about the plays with the playwrights. At New Writers Now!, young writers discover the value of sharing their work and recognize that the community is invested in the stories they tell.

The theme of Celebrating Community was chosen to complement this year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme, "Getting Involved: Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation.”

Featured plays will include: Goodbye Past, Hello Future by Vanessa Vatran; Do Dreams Exist? by Rose Stefany Quispe; and The Last Goodbye by Jorge Hernandez. Each play was written by students in YPT's In-School Playwriting Program, and examines the role of community.

YPT Producing Artistic Director David Snider says, ""We are thrilled to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our first New Writers Now! of the season. Collaborating with CHLI on this event is an honor, as we continue to deepen and broaden our commitment to the community.”

"The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is pleased to support Hispanic and other youth in the District of Columbia by partnering with Young Playwrights' Theater and GALA Hispanic Theatre in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month," said Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier, Executive Director, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. "As an event host, we are honored to invite the local Washington, DC community to celebrate the importance of the performing arts and its positive influence on our youth."

Young Playwrights' Theater teaches students to express themselves clearly and creatively through the art of playwriting. Through interactive in-school and after-school programs, YPT activates student learning and inspires students to understand the power of language and realize their potential as both individuals and artists. By publicly presenting and discussing student-written work, YPT promotes community dialogue and respect for young artists.

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute advances the Hispanic Community's diversity of thought through non-partisan analysis, study and research. Through educational partnerships, scholarships, leadership programs, academic seminars and other events, CHLI provides opportunities for discussion and exploration of strategic solutions for community challenges that in turn, benefit the nation as a whole.

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