The Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) celebrates the 32nd 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 2018 with this year’s selections:
A GREEN LIGHT by Alexis Gaw: Patrick comes out to his best friend but discovers her casual homophobia. With the help of an online friend group, Patrick is able to honor his feelings.
FRAGILE LIMBS by Anonda Tyler: 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 by Luna MacWilliams: In Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, siblings Violeta and Ernesto juggling their own dreams and desires while trying to keep the family coffee shop afloat.
Be sure to witness the amazing results and enjoy an evening of theater from tomorrow’s theater stars.