Y York’s award-winning plays for young people are noted for their relevance, humor and high critical response. They have been produced to popular acclaim for audiences of children and adults throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. This anthology contains original plays, adaptations from literature and “listening plays,” work based on research and interviews with living people. The original plays include The Portrait the Wind the Chair, which deals with two sisters using their dream life to deal with the death of a grandparent; The Last Paving Stone, a futuristic fantasy comedy; Mask of the Unicorn Warrior, a swashbuckling drama for adolescents on the power of truth and lies; and River Rat and Cat, a slapstick farce on friendship for young children. The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi is loosely based on Rudyard Kipling, Getting Near to Baby is adapted from Audrey Couloumbis’ Newbery Honor Book, and Eggs is from Jerry Spinelli’s popular novel. The listening plays are The Forgiving Harvest, developed from conversations with Midwest farmers and their families; Nothing Is the Same, derived from the experience of elders in Wahiawa, Oahu, during and after the Japanese air attacks on Dec. 7, 1941; and Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly, inspired by the life and art of African-American Milwaukee artist Della Wells.
Seattle playwright and screenwriter Y York has written over 40 plays during the last three decades. Half have been for young people and their families. They have been produced in virtually every state in in the country, Canada & Australia. Most have been published. Seattle audiences have seen Afternoon of the Elves, The Snowflake Avalanche, The Portrait The Wind The Chair, Rain. Some Fish. No Elephants, Frog and Toad (Forever), The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Mask of the Unicorn Warrior, It Comes Around, Nothing is the Same, The Last Paving Stone, Getting Near to Baby, Crash, and The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi.
Y received the 2008 Smith Prize for …and LA is Burning; Houston’s 2012 Buzzy Award, Best New Play for Woof; the Berrilla Kerr Award for The Secret Wife; and the Hawai`i Award for Literature for Nothing is the Same. AATE has awarded her five Distinguished Play Awards and the Charlotte Chorpenning Award for her body of work for children and their families. Y has also written video scripts for the award-winning Science Sleuth series and for Little Bear. Her work has been supported by the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, AT&T OnStage, USA Artists, and many local arts organizations through the years. Her plays Sycorax and Framed will be seen in Seattle in the coming year.
She is currently writing two new musicals with composer Amanda Jacobs. Y lives with Mark Lutwak to whom most things are still dedicated. Learn more at www.yyork.com.
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