36th Young Playwrights Festival

The 36th Young Playwrights Festival features three gripping one-act plays that explore isolation, technology and the future.

This year’s winning plays are:

DEAD BOY WALKING by Elliott Valadez | directed by Enrico Spada
Victor, an isolated teen, is desperate to escape his own loneliness. He thinks he’s found a friend in Millie, the ghost of a 19th-century girl, but when someone new wanders into his life, he begins to question Millie’s motives and his own sanity.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS by Lucas Bigos | directed by ILesa Duncan
It is 2086 Chicago. Leonard does not trust technology, but decides to begin using an Artificial Intelligence app developed by his good friend. He soon realizes technology is increasingly taking over his life.

ANOTHER STAR IN THE SKY by Jonathan Soco | directed by Jason A. Fleece
Elise and Marcus are the last two scientists on the command center of a space station orbiting the earth. An alien invasion has destroyed Earth and is heading to the space station. Will the scientists succeed in warding off the aliens?

The 36th Annual Young Playwrights Festival runs Wednesday, Jan. 4 – Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at Chicago Dramatists, 765 N. Aberdeen. The preview performance is Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7:30pm. with the press opening Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7:30pm. and an Opening Ceremony, Sunday, Jan. 8 at 3pm. After the opening, public performances continue Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 7:30pm.

Accessible performance to accommodate audiences who have low-vision and/or are hard-of-hearing will take place on Jan 28th at 3pm.

Pegasus Theatre Chicago has been a mainstay in the Chicago theater communityfor more than four decades. Its mission is to champion new, authentic voices and produce boldly imaginative theatre primarily by and about black or other people of color. Home of the Young Playwrights Festival, the company promotes cultural equity while celebrating diversity, inclusion, and first voice. Pegasus is also committed to initiating important conversations through the arts with strong community engagement and socially relevant programming. Pegasus Theatre Chicago has received 77 Joseph Jefferson Awards since its inception.

Be sure to witness the amazing results of these writers professional debut and enjoy an evening of theater from tomorrow’s stars.

Tickets: Adults: $30 | Seniors: $25 | Students: $15

Student Matinee Tickets: teachers and school administrators should contact ypf@pegasustheatrechicago.org.