By Philadelphia Young Playwrights
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Mouthful is a youth-centered podcast from Philadelphia Young Playwrights, an arts education non-profit dedicated to cultivating the voices of young people. Each week, we dig into the themes and ideas at play in a dramatic monologue written by a young person. We listen to the monologue performed by a professional actor, talk to the young person about why they wrote it, and then journey out into the community to broaden the conversation. Mouthful places young people at the center of important conversations, adding their voices and perspectives to the discussions that surround our daily lives at home, in the workplace, in the news, and in the community.
||ExplicitEpisode 20: Restore My Brotherly Love LIVE||A monologue written from the perspective of Philadelphia, imploring its citizens to put down the guns, starts a conversation about gun violence. Featuring conversations with Tyler Riddick, a senior at the U School who wrote the monologue after her friend was killed by a stray bullet; Jose Ferran, a peer intervention specialist at Healing Hurt People who survived a gunshot to the arm in 2011; Leonard Chester, founder of The Overcame Foundation; and Jerrick Medrano, who performs the monologue and opens up about his own experiences with gun violence.||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Adam||A monologue about a young man who is turned away from his first job interview starts a conversation about how we treat individuals on the autism spectrum and how we prepare them for work and independence. Featuring conversations with Dylan Henry, a sophomore at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, whose younger brother inspired the monologue; and three individuals from Project SEARCH, a program that offers vocational training and internships to young adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Who Am I?||A monologue about a young woman grappling with her identity after a friend is attacked starts a conversation about being Muslim in America. Featuring conversations with the writer Ruya Erkut, a freshman at George Washington Carver, and her mother, Ebru Erkut, who works as a paralegal at an immigration firm. This is a personal episode about growing up and parenting as a Muslim in the current, fraught political climate.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Breaking Barriers||A monologue about a young man sharing some news with his mother starts a conversation about coming out. Featuring conversations with Lisbet Espinal, a sophomore at the Philadelphia Military Academy, who wrote “Breaking Barriers” to address a problem she perceives in her community, and with Francisco Cortes, Interim Executive Director or GALAEI, a queer Latinx social justice organization.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: War Paint||A monologue about claiming and reclaiming power over one's body starts a conversation about sexual harassment. Featuring conversations with Dori Hoffman, a high school junior who wrote her monologue "War Paint" after four years of silence about her own experience of sexual harassment; and Nuala Cabral, a filmmaker, educator, and activist dedicated to teaching consent and confronting sexual harassment in all its forms.||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15: The Initiation||A monologue about a girl getting her period for the first time starts a conversation about puberty, menstruation, and what it means to enter the next stage of your life. Featuring conversations with Kaltra Zabiku, whose monologue "The Initiation" inspired this episode; and with Nadya Okamoto, who has become a leading voice in the Menstrual Movement since she started PERIOD, an organization that provides feminine hygiene products to those in need.||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: A Last Stroll Through Pain||A monologue about young Chinese American grappling with her cultural identity and embarrassment about her inability to speak Chinese starts a conversation about the challenges of being a first generation American. Featuring conversations with Donna Zhang, a senior at Drexel University whose monologue "A Last Stroll Through Pain" inspired this episode; Rebecca, Faith, and Nikita, three first generation Americans; and Raquel Salas Rivera, a Philadelphia transplant from Puerto Rico and the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Pressing My Issues LIVE||A monologue about the stresses of being a teenager starts a conversation about teen stress and teen resilience. Recorded live at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, this episode features conversations with: Brittany Blythe, a senior at Lankenau High School; Kay'Stienna Carter, a junior at Benjamin Franklin High School; Ericka Morris, educational consultant; and Dr. Ken Ginsburg, a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: Pretension Detention||A monologue questioning the value of a classroom discussion starts a conversation about learning. Featuring conversations with Ericka Morris, a former teacher and curriculum specialist, Tamir D. Harper, a senior at Science Leaderships Academy and co-founder of UrbEd, and Brooke Sexton, Artistic Director of YesAnd! Collaborative Arts.||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11: Addiction||Addiction||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two Trailer||Thoughts Can Fly||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus Episode: LIVE SHOW||Eviction & Youth Homelessness||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Autism Speaks||Autism||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Diagnosis||Grief & the Death of Sibling||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Better Technology, Horrible Connection||Social Media, Technology, & Communication||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Fine Dining||Jobs and Youth Employment||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Not Ready||Black Male Engagement||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtended Play: Stop & Frisk||Mother & Son, unedited||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Pedestals||Diversity and Double Standards||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Neighborhood Blue||Community Policing||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Misunderstanding, Didn't Understand||Masculinity||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Comfort||Eating Disorders||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: One Hundred Sleepless Nights||Trans and Non-Binary Gender Identity||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreview||Complicated Conversations with Young People & Communities||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Huge Yvonne Latty fan!!!
So excited for more of this!
mouthful is an earful
We need to be listening more to youth instead of talking to them. Well done, PYP!
Great to hear student perspectives! I can't wait fo rthe next episodes.