The 22nd Annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival

January 4th-January 27th

Molly McAndrew
A Rose in the Royal Court
Northside College Prep
Teacher: John Hahm
One night in the garden while waiting for her suitor Jacob, Rosaline meets and is wooed by William Shakespeare and becomes his muse. Rosaline finds herself struggling for her independence in a world of dominating men including her father, her brother and Shakespeare himself.

Claire Rychlewski
Coffee Girl
Von Steuben High School
Teacher: Felix Flauta
Set on a plantation in 19th century America, Margaret, a 9 year old slave, returns to the big house to retrieve her shoes after giving them to the plantation owner’s volatile wife, who promised to have them mended. While there, Margaret discovers more about her past then she is ready to handle.

Laura Fernandez
Blooming Flowers in Weeds
Lane Tech High School
Teacher: Brian Telles
Julia, a shy teenage girl has been frequenting the southern diner where the play is set. When she finally opens up to one of the waitresses, Candy, about the problems she’s having, she discovers a family at the diner that she never had at home.

Sarah Winters
Daydream Nation
Northside College Prep
Teacher: John Hahm
Winter’s play is comprised of two short companion pieces centered on “characters” interactions with the indie band Sonic Youth’s album, DAYDREAM NATION. The characters struggle to find their place as the larger world creeps into their lives.


Ilesa Duncan (Director) recently directed Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill for CATCO in Columbus, Ohio and Salt in a Wound for eta. She continues her long association with Pegasus which includes Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Breath, Boom, YPF 2005,2007 and most recently tick, tick…BOOM! Other credits include Red Rain at Lincoln Center Theatre/HERE, Waiting to Be Invited at Victory Gardens, and the Jeff award-winning comedy Love Child at Chicago Theater Co., Theater on the Lake and Live Bait Theater. Regional credits include A Raisin in the Sun at CATCO in Columbus, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery at Indianapolis’ Phoenix Theatre, and The Trial of One Short-Sighted at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee. Additional Chicago credits include Eastville at Writers’ Theatre, and Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery and the Joseph Jefferson awarded Do Lord Remember Me at Chicago Theatre Co. A member of Lincoln Center Theatre’s Director’s Lab, Duncan is a NEA/TCG Directing Fellow.

Alex Levy (Director/Artistic Director) has been with Pegasus for over nine years. In that time he has directed several productions including Black Caesar, Still Life, The Upper Room (winner of the Joseph Jefferson Citation for “Best New Work”), Broadway Bound (Jeff nominated for four citations including “Best Production” and winner of the After Dark Award for “Best Ensemble”), The One-Eyed Man is King, Kid Kuisine, An Evening with the Living Dead, Waking Up, Portrait of an Exile, Insert Title Here and Free Will. He has also directed several of the Young Playwrights Festival touring productions. Since joining Pegasus, the theatre has won ten Joseph Jefferson Citations, seven After Dark Awards, and Pegasus became the first arts organization to win The Chicago Community Trust’s “James Brown IV” award (which included a $50,000 grant) and the City of Chicago’s “Human Relations Award.” Alex has led Pegasus on international tours in 20 and 2002 through the Middle East sponsored by The United States State Department. He was chosen to serve on the Theatre Communications Group’s Literary Manager’s advisory panel in New York and to serve as entertainment coordinator by the alderman for the “Uptown Unity Festival.” He has also worked with Smoke and Mirrors, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Building Chicago, Oakton College, Loyola University, The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C. and Geva Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.