by CTC CONSERVATORY STUDENTS

facilitated by KEITH McGILL & ARTISTIC FELLOWS ZACH STONE and TESSA McSHANE

Thursday February 10 @ 7:30 PM

Friday February 11 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday February 12 @ 2:00 PM

Sunday February 13 @ 7:30 PM

Thursday February 17 @ 7:30 PM

Friday February 18 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday February 19 @ 7:30 PM

About YPF

Young Playwrights Festival is 8 ten-minute plays written, directed, and acted by the students of Commonwealth Theatre Center. This annual event gives agency to our students and showcases skills that will make them invaluable in professional theatre.

CREW INFO

Stage Managers: Lu Schmidt & Nyx Hamm 

Sound Design: Nyx Hamm & Lu Schmidt

Set Design: Gerry Kean

Props & Costume Design: Hannah Greene

Costume Assistant: Lindsay Chamberlin

CONTENT WARNING

This production contains language, gun violence, and bullying.

Facilitator's Note

Usually this is called a director’s note but I’m not the director. Neither is Tessa. Neither is Zach.  All the directors are the students.  

 

YPF gives our students the opportunity each year to be in charge of their own production. Student-directed, student-written, student-acted, student-designed productions. Over the last two years,  Commonwealth has had to pause and revamp a lot of our programs, but the one constant over those 2 years has been the Young Playwrights Festival. We realized, for a lot of these young people, this was the only outlet they had for creativity and camaraderie.

 

Last season YPF piloted virtual plays done over ZOOM, as well as COVID-safe filmed productions. This year we are thrilled to be able to bring in-person performances once again to the Nancy Niles Sexton theater. We hope you enjoy every minute. We certainly have.

 

–Keith McGill

MILK 

 

Playwright: Lucy Dingman-Root

Director: Bea Friesen 

 

KEY- Trace Henderson 

LOCK #1- Anya Cullen 

LOCK #2- Zaden Boeckman 

LOCK #3- Gabriel Finn

BRIGHTSIDE

 

Playwright: Anya Cullen

Director: Sophia Hyde 

 

LILLIAN- Sylvia Buchenberger 

REBECCA- Jane Jeremy Young

SINCERELY, BLUE

 

Playwright: Lorena Rodriguez

Director: Sophia Hyde 

 

INDIGO- Jane Jeremy Young 

BLUE- Sylvia Buchenberger

PERFECTION 101

 

Playwright: Sophia Hyde

Director: Chloe Fitch 

 

NED- Nolan/Davis Brown  

FATHER- Lachlan Apple

MOTHER-  Sophia Retone 

SISTER- Riley O’Bryan 

BROTHER- Noah Fossett

NOTHING SPECIAL, SPECIAL NOTHING

 

Playwright: Ben Ingraham

Director: Bea Friesen 

 

CHRIS SHADE- Anya Cullen 

ALEX NIGHT- Gabriel Finn 

ERICA SUNSHINE- Zaden Boeckman 

MR BRIGHTSTONE- Trace Henderson

THE KIDNAPPING ON ELLEMORE STREET

 

Playwright: Zaden Boeckman

Director: Keith McGill 

 

ROBBIE- Nathan Bukowski 

ALLIE- Zaylie Barber

JAI- Zachary Werts 

CATIE- Millie Arndt 

SARAH- Lila Whaley 

ENTOURAGE – Sam Payne-Young, Lillian Hall

RED RIDING AND THE HOODS

 

Playwright: Axel Jablow

Director- Nate Brantley

 

ROBBER FRANK- Nolan/Davis Brown 

ROBBER BOB- Noah Fossett 

ROBBER JOHN- Lachlan Apple

GRANDMA/POLICE OFFICER- Sophia Retone 

RED RIDING- Riley O’Bryan

YOU’D SURE THINK IT’S BUTTER 

 

Playwright: Bailey Raisor

Director: Lucy Dingman-Root 

 

MAN- Nathan Bukowski

MAIN GIRL- Millie Arndt 

OTHER KIDS- Lila Whaley, Lillian Hall, Sam Payne-Young, Zaylie Barber, Zachary Werts

FACILITATORS' BIOS

Keith is excited to be one of the facilitators of YPF. He directed and wrote NO TURNING BACK and NATION IN CRISIS for CTC’s Outreach program. Recently, he directed MONSTER OF MINE, and GHOST with Stage One. Keith has also directed in Actors Theatre’s NEW VOICES FESTIVAL, and with the Derby City Playwrights Festival.  This spring, Keith will direct THREADS OF OUR HISTORY: WHERE WE INTERTWINE, a collaboration with Actors Theatre and Justice Now. As an actor, Keith has appeared with Stage One in their productions of TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING, and THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, and will be in their upcoming production DON’T TELL ME I CAN’T FLY. Keith has also appeared in productions with Actors Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and Looking for Lilith. In addition to acting and directing, Keith is a teaching artist with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Commonwealth Theatre Company, Actors Theatre, and Shakespeare Behind Bars.

Tessa (she/her) is thrilled to be facilitating and producing YPF alongside Keith and Zach. She is an Artistic Fellow at Commonwealth Theatre Center, teaching outreach and conservatory programs. She will also be assistant directing Romeo and Juliet in the Young American Shakespeare Festival in the Spring.  In addition to her work with CTC she has teaching artist experience with Kentucky Shakespeare and Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. Her most recent acting credits include Hilde in “Ossietzky: A Peace Play”, Ophelia in “Hamlet: Spring Tour” (Kentucky Shakespeare), and Elizabeth in “Laundry and Bourbon.”

Zach Stone (he/they) is thrilled to be working alongside Tessa and Keith on facilitating and producing YPF! Zach is an Artistic Fellow at Commonwealth Theatre Center who graduated from the University of Louisville in Spring 2020 with a degree in Theatre Arts and Film Studies and Production. While at UofL, Zach was very involved with the Studio Theatre Company producing a full season of plays each year alongside the Mainstage season. On stage they have worked with Bunbury Theatre, Derby City Playwrights, and most recently was seen as Jimbo in CTC’s IDEAS Reading of Fairview.  He would like to thank the students involved for their hard work, the production team for helping us put this all together, and his family and friends for their constant support.

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