The Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) celebrates the 32nd year of the program that inspires Chicago students to explore their histories, research their communities and mine their personal journeys to write dynamic one-act plays for the stage. The competition enhances language arts, encourages independent, high-level thinking, strong personal values and influences career development for Chicago’s teens.
The 2018-19 season continues with full productions of winning plays from the annual playwriting competition for high-school-age scribes in Chicago. Three one-act plays are professionally produced as part of Pegasus’ main stage season. The second oldest such festival in the country, this annual tradition regularly receives over 500 submissions from Chicago area teens. From those, the winning playwrights are chosen to connect with professional artists to workshop and stage their script.
The 32nd YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL includes:
A Green Light
By Alexis Gaw – Lane Tech College Prep, teacher: Julie Allen
Directed by Joan Mazzonelli
Patrick comes out to his best friend but discovers her casual homophobia. With the help of an online friend group, Patrick is able to sort through his feelings.
By Anonda Tyler – Kenwood Academy, teacher Nina Willams
Directed by Juan Ramirez
Faith, a teenage boy struggling with loss meets Hope, a teenage girl struggling with abuse and self-esteem. Together, they find strength against the backdrop of a violent Chicago.
Good Strong Coffee
By Luna MacWilliams – Whitney M. Young Magnet High School; teacher Elizabeth Danesh
Directed by Ilesa Duncan
Siblings Violeta and Ernesto juggle their own dreams and desires while trying to keep the family’s Pilsen-neighborhood coffee shop afloat.