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Taylor Vaquez’s “Dirty Spoons” at Pegasus Theatre's 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival.

Pegasus Theatre Season to Include Nambi E. Kelley World Premiere

The slate also includes a festival of plays written by high schoolers and an adaptation of a classic seafaring novel.

CHICAGO: Pegasus Theatre has announced its 2015—16 season, including a world premiere and an annual playwriting festival for high-school-aged authors.

“We are excited to share a season that explores a wide range of topics, including family legacy, mental health, identity, loyalty, life transitions, and wanderlust,” said producing artistic director Ilesa Duncan in a statement. “I am honored to reunite with Nambi Kelley, an extraordinary talent and one of my favorite writers, and Jaret Landon, one of Chicago’s most prodigious musical talents. This first full season since Pegasus’s rebranding promises to thrill.”

The season begins with the world premiere of Nambi E. Kelley’s For Her as a Piano (Sept. 30—Nov. 1), about one woman’s journey to unravel her untold family history. Cast includes Nadirah Bost, Dushon Brown, Toni Lynice Fountain, Nicole Michelle Haskins, Monette McLin, Camille Robinson, and Toya Turner. Jaret Landon will provide music composition and direction. Duncan will direct.

Also part of the season will be the 29th Young Playwrights Festival (Dec. 30—Jan. 24, 2016), in which 4 plays out of 500 submissions will be showcased as full productions.

A adaptation of a classic novel about an adventure at sea, yet to be announced, will be staged March 19—April 17, 2016.

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