Plays written by Y York
THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF NOW
LATE IN THE GAME
THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
Crash – (5M 3W) Crash plays football for his middle school. He runs and scores and is unstoppable; he puts his head down and makes yardage; in his life he is selfish, self-centered, unstoppable, a boy running so fast he can’t see the chances for love and connection that are all around him. His new friend, Mike, cherishes all of Crash’s bold and bully characteristics, while his old acquaintance Penn Webb sees a deeper secret hidden Crash that circumstances threaten to bury forever. Life presents Crash with a chance to win really big, but in order to win, he’s going to have to come in second. (adapted from the novel by Jerry Spinelli. Available after its premiere at Seattle Children’s Theater in the spring of 2013.)
The Impossibility of Now – (2M 1W) A comedy of forgetting and remembering.
Late in the Game – (2M 2W) Melissa blows the whistle at a Brooklyn town hall meeting because she’s going to die anyway. Flo just needs to keep best friend Melissa on the planet and husband Tim on the straight and narrow. District Attorney Tim has finally figured out how to keep wife Flo from hopping into the other attorneys beds. Harvey wants to nail the corrupt Brooklyn borough president, and if he gets to hammer the mysterious informant, Melissa, that’s okay, too. Dying is no excuse for not living in this four-character, New York comedy of middle-aged romance, marriage and crime.
Stargirl – (4M 2W) (Adapted from the novel by Jerry Spinelli) All is copacetic in the fall of the new school year as junior Leo Borlock settles in to produce his moderately popular school TV show, The Hot Seat, and keep himself safely behind the camera and out of anybody’s line of fire. His safe existence implodes with the arrival of the weirdly fabulous Stargirl whose impetuous enthusiasm for all-things-Leo forces him to choose between his own secure conformity and the glories offered by the girl from the stars. (Available after its premiere at People’s Light and Theatre Co in the spring of 2013.)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – (6M 7W, one puppeteer) Intolerance and misunderstanding in Puritan New England. Young Kit Tyler runs afoul of authorities and popular mores when she moves from Barbados to Massachusetts. What seems to her to be innocent free expression, turns ugly when she befriends an older Quaker woman.
Y York’s works include: Late in the Game, …and LA is Burning (recipient of the 2008 Smith Prize from the National New Play Network), Bleachers in the Sun, Framed, The Game of Light, Woof, It Comes Around, Krisit, The New Dark Clarity, The Snowflake Avalanche, the Secret wife, Gerald’s Good Idea, Rain. Some Fish. No Elephants.; and numerous works for families. Y York’s plays has been recognized with 2004 Hawai`i Award for Literature, the 1997 Berilla Kerr Award, and the New Dramatists’ 1992 Joe Calloway Award. She has been supported by grants from TCG/Pew Charitable Trust, AT&T Onstage, King County Arts Commission (Washington), Seattle Arts Commission, and Artists Trust (Washington). Y York is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and an alumna member of New Dramatists.
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