34th Young Playwrights Festival

  • Jan 7 - 31, 2021

  • Central Standard Time


The 34th Young Playwrights  Festival features three one-act plays sharing at their core a mystery discovered, unearthed or realized. The 34th YPF streams virtually January 7-31, performed in tandem Thursdays - Sundays.

This year’s winning plays are:
A Lady’s Facade by Aisha Ziad, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Teacher-Christine Himmelfarb | directed by Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke,  After being fired, fine arts historian and curator Hayley tries to earn her job back when she uncovers a secret behind the Mona Lisa that could change history.  

Containment by Lincoln Gaw |  Lane Tech College Prep, Teacher-Brian Telles | directed by Alex Levy. In this satire, Ohio has invaded its neighboring states, spreading like a plague, and the Centers for Disease Control has dispatched armed rapid response teams to the Illinois border to try and contain the threat.

These Glass Lives by Jake Florell, Kenwood Academy, Teacher-Jon Nemeth | directed by ILesa Duncan
A panicked teen sneaks into a man's home seeking refuge as police are actively pursuing a suspect. The two men discover the fragile nature of their connection.


Pegasus is a nonprofit theatre production company.