Right Here, Write Now

3 Playwrights Respond to our Altered World
“Right Here, Write Now”
YPT’s New Online Play Festival


Right Here, Write Now, a new play festival introduced in June 2020, features contemporary playwrights responding to these extraordinary times.

“Part of YPT’s programming vision is ensuring we create artistic works that speak to the contemporary lives of young people,” said Artistic Director Allen MacInnis. “We are in the midst of a time of enormous change and the writers of these short plays have all been asked to consider what might we make of this moment?”

The Spring 2021 Festival runs April 19, 21 & 23 at 7PM and will feature new works by Tai Amy Grauman, Marie Beath Badian and Luke Reece. Details below.

A recorded version will be made available to schools with optional pre- and post-show workshops.

We Are Losing Time

Monday, April 19 at 7PM

Written by Tai Amy Grauman
Directed by Megan Watson
Featuring Julie Lumsden & Joel Montgrand

Teens Rose and Johnny have decided to get married – tonight! In reflecting on the pandemic and recent losses in their lives, they weigh the consequences of losing more time against the certainty of their love for one another. Although they don’t agree on the idea that fate has brought them together, they are able to agree that there are powerful and meaningful forces that exist in our universe, even when we can’t see them.

Recommended for Ages 13-18 | Grades 8-12

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We Are Losing Time crew

The Best Friend Blanket Fort Show

Wednesday, April 21 at 7PM

Written by Marie Beath Badian
Directed by Mieko Ouchi
Dramaturg: Stephen Colella
Music: Hugo Badian-Parker
Featuring Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks & Gabe Maharjan

Welcome to the Best Friend Blanket Fort Show (BFBFS)! Auggie and Reggie are best friends who love to eat Pocky, play Minecraft, and film their YouTube series “The Best Friend Blanket Fort Show”. When Reggie decides to have a “FIERCE FEMINIST SUPERHERO ZOOM BIRTHDAY PARTY” and doesn’t invite Auggie because it’s for “girls only”, the dynamic duo dive into a discussion on gender, pronouns, and identity as Auggie explores their gender. Although the friends are not always on the same page, they must learn to navigate what it means to support someone being their authentic self.

Recommended for Ages 5-10 | Grades 1-4

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Best Friend crew


Friday, April 23 at 7PM

Written by Luke Reece
Directed by Natasha Mumba
Dramaturg: Stephen Colella
Featuring David Collins & daniel jelani ellis

After an uncomfortable encounter on a walk with his dog, followed by another event at school, 12-year-old Cassius needs answers from his Grandpa about why he chose to come to Canada. His phone call with Grandpa leads to honest conversations about dealing with racism. Cassius learns to find his value and worth not in the place that he lives, but through the experiences he goes through that ultimately make him stronger.

Recommended for Ages 10-14 | Grades 5-8

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Cassius crew

Fall 2020 Festival

Included playwright/actor Jeff Ho (YPT’s Antigone:方; Ophelia in Why Not’s Prince Hamlet); Icelandic playwright/author Andri Snær Magnason (YPT’s Blue Planet); and playwright/actor Makambe K Simamba (Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers, b current performing arts; Artist in Residence, Tarragon). The Festival took place Dec. 7, 8 & 11. 

Monday, December 7 at 7PM
The Livestream
Staying home can saves lives. So might going out in the streets.
Written by Makambe K Simamba
Directed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Dramaturg: Stephen Colella
Featuring Filsan Dualeh & Hodan Dualeh

Recommended for ages 12 & up

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The Livestream crew

Tuesday, December 8 at 7PM
T0SKA has never met his friend irl. Now he’s gone.

Written by Jeff Ho
Director/Dramaturg: Stephen Colella
Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Karthy Chin
Featuring Anthony Perpuse

Recommended for ages 13 & up
Content Advisory: some strong language.

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f crew

Friday, December 11 at 7PM
Unboxing Grandmother
This holiday, only a fairy tale may save the day.
Written by Andri Snær Magnason
Directed by Allen MacInnis
Featuring Maja Ardal & Sadie Laflamme-Snow

Recommended for ages 6-12

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unboxing grandmother crew

Spring 2020 Festival

Written by award-winning playwrights Kevin Dyer, Anita Majumdar and Christine Quintana, these new plays in development respond to the challenges faced by young people living in a world altered by a global pandemic.

Monday, May 25:
The Girl, Her Mum and The Raccoon With No Name
Is it worse to be stuck alone or trapped together?
Written by Kevin Dyer
Directed by Stephen Colella
Featuring Nina Lee Aquino & Eponine Lee
Recommended for Ages 9-13

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“…what a way to kick off a new online play festival.‘The Girl, Her Mum and The Raccoon with No Name’ is a smart introduction to the Right Here, Write Now Festival…a fantastic story of a young person dealing with life during quarantine. If this is any indication of what is to come, we are in for some wonderful theatre right in our homes.”OnStage Blog

Wednesday, May 27:
Flower Girl
Saving the planet is more important than a really great party, right?
Written by Anita Majumdar
Directed by Stephen Colella
Featuring Nicco Lorenzo Garcia & Anita Majumdar
Recommended for Ages 14 & Up

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“Don’t miss the opportunity to see a show that poses some difficult questions as we start the process of getting back to normal, or a new normal.”OnStage Blog

Friday, May 29:
hey you
Be how others perceive you or be…just you?
Written by Christine Quintana
Directed by Stephen Colella
Featuring Rhiannon Collett
Recommended for Ages 12 & Up

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