Tony Tran, Charles Manzo, and Meara Khanna - Young Playwright's Unit 2018
Tony Tran, Charles Manzo, and Meara Khanna - Young Playwright's Unit 2018

Staged Reading Series

Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th in the Tarragon Extraspace

Inspired by new play development practices at Tarragon, the Young Playwrights Unit (YPU) is a free training experience for young people who are curious and passionate about play-making. Each year, the program provides a group of dedicated young writers the rigorous context in which to develop some of their first works. After six months of development, our 2018 YPU is ready to present their work here Tarragon, with the support of our generous team of professional directors and fantastic emerging actors.

YPU programs designed by Madeleine Jullian.

Saturday June 23rd @ 2:00pm, Tarragon Extraspace

Playwright: Tony Tran
Director: Gloria Mok
Cast: Christopher Cruz, Jonathan Dick, Pearl Ho and Warren Kang

Everyday gay Asian man, Ray, finds his dating habits challenged when he accidentally dates his first Asian. QUEENS is a queer comedy about the aspects of racial dating, cultural and sexual identity, and knowing when you’re enough.

Little Boxes
Saturday June 23rd @ 8:00pm, Tarragon Extraspace

Playwright: Meara Khanna
Director: Eva Barrie
Cast: Alex Franks, JD Leslie and Cait MacMullin

After finding an eviction notice on their door, Nina and Jenelle face losing their home and independence. Desperate measures are called for, even if it means breaking the law. Little Boxes is an exploration of friendship, entrepreneurship, and finding your worth in a world where the least is expected of you.

Sunny Side Up
Sunday June 24th @ 2:00pm, Tarragon Extraspace

Playwright: Charles Manzo
Director: Byron Abalos
Cast: Christopher Cruz, Daniella Dela Peña, Sean Williams

Sunny Side Up is a Canadian immigrant play about the intricate relationship between a Filipino father and his daughter. Set in Toronto, the play explores themes of familial sacrifice, hope in the face of societal barriers, and the passions we set aside to support our loved ones.

The 2017 Young Playwright’s Unit:


Pictured here are playwrights Tyisha Murphy, Sarah Hilton, Ruby Urlocker & head instructor Caitie Graham. Missing in action are Sara Durante & Jenn Boulay.

Young Playwrights: Tyisha Murphy, Sarah Hilton, Ruby Urlocker (pictured above with Caitie Graham), Sara Durante & Jenn Boulay

Instructors/Directors: Caitie Graham, Paula Wing, Marcia Johnson, Esther Jun

The 2016 Young Playwright’s Unit:


Young Playwrights Unit 2015

Young Playwrights: Sam Beland, Zavian Buchanan, Julie Pham

Instructors/Directors: Anne Wessels, Caitie Graham, Marcia Johnson, Andrea Donaldson, Paula Wing

The 2015 Young Playwright’s Unit:


YPU group shot

Young Playwrights: Raluca Petria, Jonathan Martins, Nam Nguyen, Courtney Buxey-Hill, Chrstian Lischak

Supported by Tarragon Playwrights-in-Residence: Maria Milisavljevic, Jordan Tannahill, Anna Chatterton, David Yee

Instructors/Directors: Anne Wessels, Caitie Graham, Rashida Shaw, Marcia Johnson, Andrea Donaldson, Paula Wing

The  2014 Young Playwrights Unit:



Julie Zenderoudi, Theo Gallaro, and Erum Khan