Philadelphia Young Playwrights present For a Good Investment by Jerrick Medrano
Jerrick Medrano is a former senior of Esperanza Academy Charter High School. Many of you know him simply as the face on the Yo Soy la Cara pictures scattered around our school. But to the people here, he was a fun loving spirit, always full of energy and sarcasm. Jerrick was a drama major here at Esperanza who recently has displayed his writing talent by writing his very own play called “For a Good Investment” that was performed at the Philadelphia Young Playwright Festival during the first two weeks of October at the Randall Theater of Temple University.
The play puts viewers in the scenario of North Philadelphia; it focuses on a group of teens who are overall good kids, but they get put in situations where they end up having to sell illegal DVD’s just to simply help their mom and to make their DJ and photography business successful. But little did they know, older guys have claimed the area? Suddenly the teens begin a fatal feud with the older men.
The play shows how strong a bond of a family can be. It shows how even though there are good people in the world, bad things can happen. The play also deals with brotherhood, family, honestly, drugs, money, love, revenge, and ultimately, betrayal.
Philadelphia Young Playwright is a arts education program that puts a student with a classroom teacher. They work together as a team, write a play, and if that play is accepted by the program, then it is passed on to a professional director, and professional actors to be performed live. The program fosters student learning, exploring, and succeeding. This gives young writers like Jerrick the chance to express themselves with the possibility of getting to see their plays live.