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Life Lab Notes Interviews - The Young Writers Project

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Release Date: 05/14/2018

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Chapter Three: Desimmer (There’s More Than One Way to Make Hot Chocolate) Slowly, Cathy's been opening up to La Señora, but it’s going to take one more episode, one more recipe, to help her open up to herself. This is that episode. This is Chapter Three: Desimmer. Nerea Duhart as Cathy; Graciela Valderrama as La Señora; Phil Ward as the neighbour. By Silvie Zamora and Vanessa Espino, with original music by Phil Ward.

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Chapter Two: Slowvember (Giving the Seeds Their Heat) Part two is chock full of flavour and, like any good fable, metaphors. Cathy remembers a little from her last visit with La Señora, but will this month’s Tex-Mex Chile con Carne push her further away from herself?

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Chapter One: Crocktober (Or How To Make Chili Without Your Soul)

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A brief story about true things that happened in my household and down the street from us. Tabs opened while writing this: bell ringing, bell towers, lightning strikes, ancient prayers, aliens. 

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Day 12: “Twelve Drummers Drumming” by Silvie Zamora, was performed by Alexis DeLaRosa, featuring Mel Collins. With the voices of Sandra Kinder, Farrah Kiyomura, Jack T. Musgrave, and Jason Yorrick.

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Each spring, Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood has a mini season of five 10-minute, one-act plays, produced by a professional team of actors and directors. And written by high school kids.

The Young Writers Project has been around for over fifteen years, which means hundreds of students have been coached by professional writers from Theatre of NOTE (in addition to working with their high school drama or English teachers) and hundreds of short plays have been submitted. But only five can be produced each year. 

The choosing of which plays to produce is challenging and poignant. All of the plays submitted represent hours of creative work, and some of that work results in a deeply thoughtful and/or surprising piece for these students. 

To honour these young writers and Theatre of NOTE and the Young Writers Project, I interviewed some students from a participating school. Ten plays were submitted from their school, one was chosen to be produced. I met with five of these kids to talk about writing, their voice, and not being chosen.