January 8-24, 2020 | Pegasus at The Courtyard Theatre
The Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) celebrates the 33rd year of inspiring Chicago students to explore their histories, research their communities and mine their personal journeys to write dynamic one-act plays for the stage. YPF is the only event of its kind in Chicago and is the second largest in the country.
The winning playwrights’ productions are work-shopped and professional produced with full casts and production teams. The competition received over 500 submissions in 2019 with this year’s selections:
PUBLIC IN PRIVATE by Angelina Davila | Directed by Juan Ramirez
Lucie is struggling to get into an art college, but is sidetracked by her brother’s problems and her mother’s lack of support.
CLAUSE 42 by Henry Williams | directed by Jason A. Fleece
George dies and is wrongly sent to the afterlife of a weird cult-like religion and is faced with the prospect of being judged by their ridiculous rules.
COBALT by Reba Brennan | directed by ILesa Duncan
Vee, a shy 18-year old, seeks solace and adventure on a friend’s couch as an escape from family dysfunction.
The production team includes Alyssa Mohn, scenic design; Josh Wroblewski, lighting design; Rebecca Holcomb, costume design; Steve Labedz, sound design; Dominique Zaragoza, props design; Manny Ortiz, technical director; Kevin Rolfs, scenic charge, Jess Minoque, stage manager, and Kelly Butler, production manager.
Be sure to witness the amazing results and enjoy an evening of theater from tomorrow’s theater stars.
Regular Performance Tickets: $18-30
Student Matinee Tickets: teachers and school administrators should contact email@example.com.
About the Production Team
JASON A. FLEECE
Jason A. Fleece is a theatre artist and educator, Fleece returns to the Young Playwrights Festival, having directed The Adventures of FeRb for YPF 30. Some other favorite directing credits include The Body of an American (Stage Left Theatre), Ordinary Days (BoHo Theatre), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Oakton Performing Arts Center). Fleece was formerly co-artistic director at Stage Left Theatre, one of the oldest ensemble storefront theatres in Chicago. He’s currently an Oakton Community College professor and holds an MFA in directing from the Theatre School at DePaul University.
Juan Ramírez returns after directing Fragile Limbs for the 32nd Young Playwrights Festival. He is a director, filmmaker and actor, who has been active in Film, Theater, and Television for over 40 years and was Executive/Artistic Director of PanAmerica Performance Works (formerly Latino Chicago Theater Company at The Firehouse) for over 30 years. Mr. Ramirez has produced and/or directed over 30 stage productions and 2 full-length feature films. His film ISRAEL IN EXILE (which he also wrote) was a Slamdance Film Festival Competition Selection that received additional screenings at festivals in Cuba, France, England, Spain, Mexico and across the United States. As an actor, Juan has been featured in over 50 films, television shows and stage plays, including a co-starring role on the ABC series Missing Persons (22 episodes) with Daniel Travanti. Other film/tv roles include “Chain Reaction,” “ER,” “Sleeper Cell,” “Criminal Minds” and “Weeds.”
ILesa Duncan is the executive/producing director at Pegasus Theatre Chicago. Her recent directing work at Pegasus includes Eclipsed (and Theatre on the Lake | Jeff Nominated), Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Jeff Nominated), the Green Book, Rutherford’s Travels (Jeff-Recommended) and For Her as a Piano. Other recent credits include Neverwhereat Lifeline Theatre (Jeff-Recommended), Broken Fencesat 16th Street Theater, Jeff Award-nominated The Nativitywith Congo Square and the Jeff Award-winning Jar the Floorat ETA Creative Arts. Duncan has also worked with The Goodman, Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Lifeline Theater, Stage Left and Chicago Dramatists, as well as Contemporary American Theatre Company (Ohio). The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Arena Stage (Washington DC) and Lincoln Center Theater (New York). Duncan’s creative nonfiction short stories have been published (Columbia College Chicago) and she’s written poems and screenplays. For the stage, she co-adapted Rutherford’s Travelsfrom the National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage, co-wrote and directed Blakk Love: Storeez of A Darker Hue and facilitated the devised project Do You See What I’m Saying for Chameleon. Duncan is the artistic director at Lifeline Theatre.
Scenic Design…………………………………. Alyssa Mohn
Lights/Projections Design……….… Josh Wroblewski
Sound Design……………………………..…. Steve Labedz
Costume Design…………………….. Rebecca Holcomb
Props Design……………………….Dominique Zaragoza
Production Manager…………………..….. Kelly Butler
Technical Director……………………..……. Manny Ortiz
Stage Manager…………………………Jessica Minogue