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BECOME A SPONSOR FOR THE

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

"These experiences helped embolden me to pursue my dreams. For someone like me, it can mean the world to hear real artists say, without condescension: 'You’re good at this. You’re a writer. You can do this if you want to.' I cannot sing The Blank’s praises enough. YPF changed my life."

 

-STEPHEN KARAM
Tony Award Winner / Two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist / Three-Time YPF Winner

 

When winners are chosen for the Young Playwrights Festival, we encourage them to travel to Los Angeles to be part of the production process because we believe being in the room with professionals is the real prize. Year after year, we have heard from our winners that being present for rehearsals and/or performances, changes their life. It's such an impactful experience to engage with the actors, directors and production team as a play is coming together.

The Blank has always worked hard to fund the Young Playwrights Festival to produce 12 winning plays each year. We are so proud of what we have achieved in supporting the Future of Theatre for over three decades.  But as we move into the next generation, we face new economic challenges. Traveling to Los Angeles to participate in the Young Playwrights Festival is a very different proposition now than it was when the festival was born 32 years ago.

 

It's so different, in fact, that it often means some winners feel they can't participate. And sometimes they don't tell us they need financial support to travel. Rather, they withdraw from the festival or just don't come. When it's happened in the past, we have tried to quietly help subsidize a winner's travel and accommodations on an as needed basis. But as time moves forward, more and more students and their families express concern over the financial commitment needed to be part of YPF in person. 

 

We hope you will join us in making sure not another winning playwright has to forfeit their opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to participate in this life-changing experience.

Moving into the next 30 years, we'd like to level up the program to be able to include travel and/or accommodations as part of each winner's PRIZE.

The average cost of round-trip U.S. domestic airfare in the early 1990s was $288.  Now it's over $500.  A summertime hotel stay in Los Angeles averages between $200 and $400 per night now, where it was under $100 in the early '90s.  The cost of gas in California averaged $1.03 the summer of 1992. In the summer of 2023 it was $5.48 a gallon.

 

 

 

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