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Pegasus PlayLab 2024

Join us for the sixth annual Pegasus PlayLab, a celebration of innovation and creativity in theatre! At Pegasus PlayLab, we serve as an arts incubator for the next generation of theatre. A place for creativity, passion, and storytelling, dedicated to nurturing emerging playwrights and launching new works into the spotlight. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of theatre as you witness the early stages of development for these new productions.

Pegasus PlayLab 2024 Package

This package includes all three workshopsDance Night (Musical), Daring to Dream and Desert Oceans–and the full production of What’s in Store. Package benefits include: priority seating, free ticket exchanges and exclusive ticket discounts!

$60 Standard | $40 UCF Student | $40 UCF Faculty/Staff

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Workshops | Studio 1

Dance Night

Playwright: Kevin P. Hill | Music: Zev Burrows | Director: Michael Jablonski
Set during the 1930s, DANCE NIGHT delves into the unbreakable connection between a mother and her son as they try to survive in a world full of shattered dreams. Caught in a never-ending dance between their aspirations and the harsh reality of life in a small town, Elsinore and Morry long for a way out of the darkness surrounding them. Dance Night is a new art medium inspired by the short story of American novelist Dawn Powell.

May 31–June 1, 2024 at 7 PM | $15, $10 student

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Daring to Dream

Lead Facilitator: Sage Tokach
A devised theatre project that brings together students with and without disabilities to create a theatrical piece around themes of dreams. This project builds on the 2023 Building a Shared Home process, but participants will create an original story.

June 7-8, 2024 at 7 PM | $15, $10 student

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Desert Oceans

Playwright: John Mabey | Director: Nick Bazo
After a devastating loss, William and those left behind, question what it means to have faith and survive. Through unpacking memories, secrets, and learning to honor identity the characters are reminded of the importance of listening.

June 14-15, 2024 at 7 PM | $15, $10 student

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Full Production | Black Box

What’s in Store

Playwright: Kate Brennan | Director: Rebekah Lane
Discouraged by her recent futile apartment search and the equally futile state of the world, Jaycee finds solace in the clean lines and pre-fab layouts at DUKTIG, her local Swedish furniture store. So she moves in. When others follow her lead, will she be discovered or start a revolution? A heart-warming and unconventional take on where we live, and the parts of ourselves we donate to make it home.

June 12-15, 2024 at 7:30 PM | $25, $10 student

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What is Pegasus PlayLab?

Pegasus PlayLab is a festival dedicated to developing plays by emerging playwrights. Playwrights are invited to UCF's campus for a two-week residency to develop their new play with students and faculty. Audiences are to hear staged readings and experience a full production of a new play first workshopped at Orlando Shakes’ PlayFest. Follow these plays into the next stage of development and be part of the creative process with playwrights, casts and artistic teams!

When is Pegasus PlayLab?

Pegasus PlayLab spans six weeks starting mid-May through the end of June. Selected playwrights are expected to commit to a two-week residency within that timeframe.

What Should I Expect at a Workshop?

What you will see on stage is the culmination of 8 days of rehearsals, script changes and discussions between the actors, playwright, director, dramaturg, and designers. Actors will bring the new work to life in front of the audience with scripts in-hand and minimal staging.

After the performance, discuss what you saw and heard with the playwright, director, cast and the rest of the creative team. You play a crucial role in the work’s development through your feedback.

What Should I Expect at a Full Developmental Production?

This is a play that has already been through workshops and readings and is ready for a fully-staged production with a set, costumes, lighting and a full rehearsal schedule.

This does not mean that this is the final version of the script. After developmental productions, the playwright will use what they saw and the feedback you give to continue to revise the script.

How do I get involved as a UCF student?

All UCF students can audition to be in the readings and workshops. Auditions for Pegasus PlayLab are typically held in March. Check the Theatre UCF Production Audition page for the most up to date audition information. Design, technology and stage management students may also be assigned roles on the performances.

How Do I Submit My Play?

Please upload a draft of a full-length play and complete the required questions on the Pegasus PlayLab Google Form.

We are seeking four full-length plays, including devised works and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) pieces, which we will rehearse for two weeks in collaboration with the playwright and subsequently present as workshop productions. There is a possibility that one play will be fully mounted into a production.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].