Students read and watched plays by diverse contemporary playwrights with provocative issues. These texts served as the basis for class discussion, individual and group journal responses and inquiry questions.


Anna Deavere Smith,, Fires in the Mirror (video; also available as audio)
John Leguizamo, Mambo Mouth ( text and video)
Jose Rivera, The House of Ramon Iglesia ( text and video)
August Wilson, Fences
Arthur Miller, A View From the Bridge
Bill Moyers, The World of Ideas, Interview with August Wilson (video)
David Drake, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me (monologues)
Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive
Marsha Norman, Getting Out
student plays available from The Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival
Gregory Jackson, Sweet the Nails
Allison Birch, Believin’
Terrance Jenkins, Taking Control
Bruce Walsh Bob Dylan and the Lawn Jockey Revolution
Tameka Jones, Angel
Guest Speakers included
Johnny Irizarry – Office of Curriculum Support, School District of Philadelphia
Elijah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania
Mollie Blackburn and Students from The Attic
PYPF workshop leader was Bobbi Block
Plays we saw on our own in the evenings
White People, Philadelphia Theater company
W;t Philadelphia Theater Company
Staged readings of PYPF winners at Temple University
Professional Productions of PYPF winners at Irongate theater