: News

Teens In Columbia Heights Take To The Stage

Play associated audio

By Stephanie Kaye

A group of teens in Columbia Heights is bringing their stories to the stage and attracting a new audience to DC theaters.

The group is called "Paso Nuevo," or "New Path." And although it's run by a couple of adults, the stories are written and performed by local teenagers, like fifteen-year old Rosemary Solorzano.Her story deals with a girl whose family can't afford a "quince" party, a rite of passage celebrated in Latino communities.

"That girl, she gets into prostitution to get it...but I won't do that!I wouldn't get into prostitution to get my quinces," says Solorzano.

Quique Aviles directs Paso Nuevo.

"When I see Salvadorean peasants that barely speak English and have never been to the theater come to see their cousins and their kids," says Aviles.

He likes shining a positive light on the young people in Columbia Heights.

"We tend to think of our young people as these violent beasts when, in reality, they have a tremendous sense of beauty and caring," he says.

The group's latest production, "La Catorce," highlights life on 14th Street Northwest, with performances tonight and Sunday at Gala Hispanic Theater.

NPR

'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
NPR

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.
NPR

Jim Gilmore, Who Was Campaigning For President, Isn't Anymore

He had the resume — swing-state governor, veteran, ex-party leader — but there's a good chance you had no idea he was running. Judging by vote totals, Iowa and New Hampshire may have missed it too.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.