On Wednesday, Pegasus Theatre Chicago announced the authors and plays being presented at the 32nd Young Playwrights Festival at Pegasus’s resident home Chicago Dramatists.
The lineup includes “A Green Light,” by Alexis Gaw from Lane Tech College Prep, with teacher Julie Allen. Directed by Joan Mazzonelli, the show follows Patrick, who 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.
“Fragile Limbs” by Anonda Tyler of Kenwood Academy with teacher Nina Willams is also in the series. Directed by Juan Ramirez, the drama tells th story of 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” will round out the series. Written by Luna MacWilliams of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School with teacher Elizabeth Danesh, the show will be directed by Ilesa Duncan. In the production, siblings Violeta and Ernesto juggle their own dreams and desires while trying to keep the family’s Pilsen-neighborhood coffee shop afloat.
The productions will run in tandem Jan.3 – 27, 2019 at 773 N. Aberdeen St.