27th Young Playwrights Festival

January 2 – 31, 2014

Festival Director Ilesa Duncan

Join us for the 27th festival of winning student-written plays exploring how things Aren’t What They Seem.

The Diner

by Lauren Trifunovich – Lincoln Park High School
directed by Ilesa Duncan (Producing Artistic Director)

Betty is a working single mother struggling to support her daughter. On this particular night, a mysterious man enters the diner as Betty, the only waitress working, is trying to close up.

Betty: Susan Myburgh
John: Carl Herzog
Ray: Jesse McCormick

Fears for Fairy Tales

by Clare McKiterrick  – Lane Tech High School
directed by Lavina Jadhwani

What if our favorite fairy tale characters are troubled and misunderstood? Welcome to the fairy tale support group.

Glinda: Susan Myburg
Pinocchio: Daniel Rosenstrauch
Hook: JJ McCormick
Wolf: Carl Herzog
Snow White: Celeste Cooper
Cop: Joy Valdez


by Alexus Williams – Whitney Young Magnet High School
directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith

Maya is a seventeen year old girl who is forced to spend time with her grandfather at his nursing home every weekend. The play explores her learning valuable lessons.

Maya: Celeste Cooper
Grandpa: JJ McCormick
Black: Carl Herzog
Lori: Joy Valdez

Blacula: Young, Black & Undead

October 28 – December 1st

Written by Reginald Edmund
Directed by Ilesa Duncan

When Franklin Park discovers that the love of his life is dating an ancient African vampire, no one believes him, so he enlists the help a strange vampire-slaying duo to help save the girl . . . and maybe even the world.

When ‘professional prankster’ Franklin Park tries to win back the affection of lost love Nicollet, he discovers there’s a new man in the picture. To his horror and everyone’s disbelief, the new guy is a vampire. Can he save Nicollet and perhaps, the world?  Edmund’s new play is a haunting, hilarious tale about being black and ordinary confronting supernaturally extraordinary circumstances.

Featuring: Yadira Correa, Charles Gardner, Kitten McCreery, Kyra Morris,
Shantelle Szyper, Johnathan Wallace, Scot West, Antoine Whitfield and Jin You

Set: Sarah Lewis – Lights: Mike Durst – Sound: Chris Kriz –
Costumes: Sharlet Webb – Props: Aimee Plant – Fights: R&D Choreography