Costume designer Claudia Brownlee helps cast member Sia Li Wright adjust her camel costume for "One Lonely Camel," one of four stories in "Pop-Up Books" being presented April 19 at the Anacostia Playhouse. (Courtesy of Anacostia Playhouse)
Costume designer Claudia Brownlee helps cast member Sia Li Wright adjust her camel costume for "One Lonely Camel," one of four stories in "Pop-Up Books" being presented April 19 at the Anacostia Playhouse. (Courtesy of Anacostia Playhouse)

The Anacostia Playhouse in Southeast and its high-energy youth acting company, the Laugh ‘n’ Learn Players, presents “Pop-Up Books,” four short plays by children, for children.

The plays, featuring 18 young budding actors, are being presented April 19 for five performances.

The presentations bring to life four fabulous tales by the young authors of Reach Inc. with whom Anacostia has partnered. Reach’s mission is to develop grade-level readers and capable leaders by preparing teens to serve as tutors and role models for younger students.

Reach’s teen authors contribute to the creation of more diverse children’s literature by writing stories that are engaging and relevant to their inspired younger readers they serve.

The plays’ author, Thembi Duncan, has been working in the D.C. area for more than 15 years as a professional actor, teaching artist, director, playwright and producer.

Duncan holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Maryland, and her works are mainly focused on race, class and intersectionality.

An influential and respected leader in the D.C. performing arts community, where she has employed artistic strategies toward social justice, Duncan also has served as creative programs director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, producing artistic director of African Continuum Theatre Company, and as lead teaching artist at historic at the historic Ford’s Theatre.

For more information, call the Anacostia Playhouse at 202-290-2328.

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