Playfest
Presented by National Louis University's M.S. in Written Communication program

DATE: Saturday, May 11, 2019
TIME: 12:30–4:30pm
LOCATION: Chicago campus, 2nd floor atrium

Playfest is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested.
NOTE: Some of the material presented contains adult language and sexual situations and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

ɤ- Warning: These plays may invoke an emotional trigger for some audience members. Please note that “Peaches” is about suicide and “The Ties That Bind” deals with a scene about rape.


The Ties That Bind • 12:30PM ɤ
written by Phyllis Chapman (Screenplay)
directed by Johnny Garcia

A chance encounter of innocence, reckless abandon, and lustful longing, bonds two families to a secret shame in Greenwood, Mississippi.

BUNK BEDS • 1:25PM
by Diana Slaviero (Monologue)
directed by Maurice Proffit

A woman recalls her colorful college antics.

PEACHES • 1:30PM ɤ
written by Leanne Kelly (Screenplay)
directed by Maurice Proffit

Set in rural Indiana, unassuming store clerk, Lila, defies her quiet nature and is a guardian angel for a struggling teen Mom on the brink of self-harm.

THE FROG IN THE VAULT • 2:00PM
written by Michael Rossi (Short-Play),
directed by Maurice Proffit

Sharif, a bright yet underprivileged student, receives a life-changing scholarship offer. However, the prize may be based on a forged SAT test, a lie that his favorite teacher may know something about.

A STOLEN LIFE • 2:15PM
written by Andrea Diaz (Screenplay),
directed by Lucy Pabst

In the dead of night, a nurse steals away a new born child from a teen mother. Eighteen years later, a tip from a stranger gives that mother, now a police detective, hope she'll reunite with her long-lost daughter.

ONCE UPON A CABBAGE • 3:10PM
written by Dr. Joanne Koch (Short-Play),
directed by Joan Mazzonelli

Alice Guy, a mere struggling young secretary in 1890s Paris, creates one of the first moving pictures in the world. (The play concludes with a short montage of rare clips from the hundreds of films Alice went on to make in France and America. She was the first woman film director and the first woman to head a movie studio in the U.S.)

HAPPILY EVER AFTER • 3:30PM
written by Grover Wake (Screenplay),
directed by Wilson Cain

In this retelling of the French folktale “Bluebeard,” a newlywed couple is connected by loneliness, but eventually separated by their individual needs. Tempted by wealth and luxury, the bride must decide between leaving her fate to her murderous husband or take it into her own hands.

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