YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL

THE PLAYS THE THING! WRITE/DIRECT YOUR TEN MINUTE PLAY
The program consists of rigorous, exciting storytelling and playwriting sessions throughout the day, creating short plays out of improvisations with prompts, autobiographical moments, and stories the group creates together. We will also discuss the art, craft and business of playwriting.

The playwrights will work with an ensemble of actors made up of professional actors and LADC actors, who will perform the plays at the end of the week.

Grade 7 and up (Fall 2021)

DATES
June 21 – 25
Monday through Friday – 10 am to 3 pm

LOCATION
Zoom

SHAKESPEARE IN NATURE – GREEN SPACE

SHAKESPEARE IN NATURE – GREEN SPACE

After what we’ve all been through, let’s take a week to be outside, feet on grass, voices reverberating in the open air. 

In the 16th Century, we were still in harmonious communication with the dirt below our feet and the spheres and lights above. In Western culture, this has become lost, but our minds and bodies still maintain a desire to be in harmony with nature. Let us take a week to unplug and find our connection to nature under trees and sky. 

EXPLORATIONS

The Power of Plants in Shakespeare’s Plays – The medical use/mis-use of plants – from the diabolical flower-potions of Cymbeline’s Queen to the Nurse’s weaning baby Juliet with wormwood, to Imogen’s powerful coma drug, to  Falstaff’s belief in the power of potatoes, to hebenon put in a King’s ear by his own brother. 

Climate Change – We aren’t the first to have the conversation. We’re on a volatile ball in space made from fire. Deforestation, endangered species, and climate change were also concerns in Shakespeare’s time. 

Nature and Us Together – Shakespeare alludes to at least 63 different kinds of birds in his plays and poems. How many birds will we identify in our urban park this week? The pleasures and dangers of humans and green spaces – what happens when we mess with nature and its creatures? 

OUR PLAYS – Earth, Sky, Water, Fire

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Cymbeline
Pericles
King Lear
Macbeth
A Winter’s Tale

GRADES 2 through 8 (Fall 2021)

DATES
July 12 – 16
Monday through Friday – 10 am to 3 pm

LOCATION
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056

COST
$225.00
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!



SAFETY PROTOCOL
– Camp will take place entirely outdoors.
– All staff over 16 years of age are fully vaccinated
– All participants must wear masks. Masks can only be removed when distances of 6 feet can be maintained.
– Kenneth Hahn has bathrooms with hand-washing facilities. SYF will provide soap, disposable towels, and hand sanitizer, to assure that campers can follow proper hygiene practices.

SHAKESPEARE AND MUSIC – GREEN SPACE

SHAKESPEARE AND MUSIC – GREEN SPACE

One week in the open air is just not enough. We just got started … so let’s take a second week outside in the wide open park of Kenneth Hahn – to create and listen to… the sound of music! 

LISTENING EXPERIENCES

We play excerpts from the best operas, ballets and musicals, inspired by Shakespeare, composing our own movement pieces in response.

  • Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding March
  • Danish composer Niel Gade – Hamlet Overture
  • Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet
  • Dvořák – Othello Overture
  • Verdi – Macbeth
  • William Walton – Henry V
  • West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, Boys From Syracuse, Something Rotten

MOVEMENT EXPERIENCES

  • We will learn a traditional 16th Century Dance, applying to music above. 
  • We will explode out of structure and do freestyle movement juxtaposed against Renaissance style music. 

ACTING EXPERIENCES (Scenes & Song with live instruments supporting) 

  • Two Gentleman of Verona
  • Antony and Cleopatra  
  • Cymbeline
  • Othello 

GRADES 2 through 8 (Fall 2021)

DATES
July 19 – 23
Monday through Friday – 10 am to 3 pm

LOCATION
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056

COST
$225.00
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!



SAFETY PROTOCOL
– Camp will take place entirely outdoors.
– All staff over 16 years of age are fully vaccinated
– All participants must wear masks. Masks can only be removed when distances of 6 feet can be maintained.
– Kenneth Hahn has bathrooms with hand-washing facilities. SYF will provide soap, disposable towels, and hand sanitizer, to assure that campers can follow proper hygiene practices.

SHAKESPEARE AND MYTHOLOGY – ONLINE

SHAKESPEARE AND MYTHOLOGY – ONLINE

We spend a week with the Ancients – blending our favorite myths together with similar references in Shakespeare’s plays.

In earlier times, human eyes looked both above and below for help and guidance. Our stories involved the lineage and hierarchies of the Gods and Goddesses of Sky and Sea.  With a strong internal need to understand from whence we came, we on earth told stories to create order from chaos. Our early Origin stories became increasingly complex and sophisticated,  strongly influencing our beliefs today. Greece and Rome took domination over the rest of the world for a time –  the perspectives of Plato, Epicurus, Ovid, Seneca highly influencing future playwrights. Shakespeare becomes educated in Greek and Roman mythology – choosing Ovid as a strong inspiration for his plays.

DISCOVERING

Our Favorite Myths Shared
In a round robin, the group shares their favorite myths by re-telling their understanding of the myth and exploring why the story resonates. 

Myths and Conspiracies about Shakespeare
Our favorite topic! We look at myths and conspiracies around Shakespeare. Why are there conspiracies abounding around the Bard?  For 2021, the big topic is: How to critically approach a claim, an allegation, and a full fledged conspiracy theory! 

The Mythic Inspiration for Hamlet
And it might not be what most people think. We will tell the story of Orestes and draw comparisons to the more modern Hamlet

ACTING EXPLORATIONS
Our plays may include:

  • Love’s Labours Lost (Greek Play Within a Play)
  • Troilus and Cressida (Trojans vs Greeks)
  • Cymbeline (visitation of Jupiter and the Oracle)
  • Hamlet (as inspired by Orestes)

GRADES 2 through 8 (Fall 2021)

DATES
July 26 – 30
Monday through Friday – 10 am to 3 pm

LOCATION
Zoom

COST
$180.00
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

SHAKESPEARE AND MAGIC – ONLINE

SHAKESPEARE AND MAGIC – ONLINE

Many of Shakespeare’s plays employ the powers of supernatural creatures and events. From the prophecies and dreams in Julius Caesar to the Weird Sisters predictions to Macbeth to the resurrection in A Winter’s Tale, to the illusions and shape-shifting in The Tempest – magic was in the air during the time of Shakespeare – and you had to be of one mindset on the matter – or watch out! You might be dropped in the Thames to see if you could swim. If you can’t, you’re innocent of witchcraft. You likely also drowned.

DISCOVERING

Magic as Literal / Magic as Metaphor
The use of magic and supernatural elements in 16th Century plays might not be as metaphorical as you think – to the people of the 16th Century, the supernatural realm was very real.  

The Conscience of the King! 
When your leader is a little mad…..Shakespeare’s plays were written with the Powers that Be in Mind.  While king of Scotland, James VI became utterly convinced about the reality of witchcraft and its great danger to him, leading to trials that began in 1591. The King was convinced that a coven of powerful witches was conspiring to murder him through magic, in league with the Devil. In 1597, with the end of the trials, James published his study of witchcraft, Demonology. When James became king of England in 1603, the book was published in London as well.  Did Shakespeare write Macbeth, A Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest as a response to what was…in the air?

ACTING EXPLORATIONS
Our plays may include:

  • I Henry IV – Glendower (Wizard of Wales)
  • I Henry VI – Joan La Pucelle (Joan of Arc & spirits)
  • 2 Henry VI – (Wizards, Apparitions, Gloucester’s wife, 7 witches)
  • 3 Henry VI – (curses and prophecies)
  • Julius Caesar (ghost, portents, supernatural storms)

GRADES 2 through 8 (Fall 2021)

DATES
August 2 – 6
Monday through Friday – 10 am to 3 pm

LOCATION
Zoom

COST
$180.00
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!