By Alicia Richardson


Online Reading:
November 6, 2020

Recommended for Grades 5-6

Curriculum Connections



EARLY STAGES – A New Play Development Experience for Schools

Featuring new plays by four playwrights, YPT will give students an inside look at the early stages of play development. Classrooms will receive exclusive access to live-streamed readings of new works in progress. This is an interactive experience, with playwrights curious about your students’ perceptions and opinions on specific elements of the play. Following the reading, teachers will be supplied with questions for their students and will be asked to submit their feedback to YPT afterwards. Space is limited. If interested in having your class participate virtually, please contact Molly Gardner, Education Manager, at mgardner@youngpeoplestheatre.org

This program is offered at no cost.

About Sweeter:
Twenty years after the Civil War, a talking mango tree begins to grow on a plot of land tended by a former slave and his young daughter. As a brutal winter threatens the future of the farm, will love or greed prevail?

Alicia Richardson

Alicia RichardsonAlicia is an African-American actor, writer and vocal coach. She is an alumnus of York University’s MFA Acting & Diploma of Voice Teaching Program. Now a Permanent Resident of Canada, Alicia calls Toronto her new home. As a writer, she has drafted three plays: Articulation (Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights Unit); Sweeter (Cahoots Theatre’s HOT HOUSE Creation Unit); and Solve for X (as Playwright-in-Residence of The Driftwood Theatre Group). Recent acting credits: Private Eyes (Global); Ready or Not (Fox Searchlight); American Woman (CBC Films/ Telefilm Canada); and Judas Noir (Obsidian Theatre / BDB Productions). IMDb.me/AliciaRichardson


Program & Study Guide

Drama Workshop

Curriculum Connections

7 Ancestral Teachings


Performance Calendar


  • Public
  • School and Groups