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Pegasus PlayLab

Pegasus PlayLab 2022

At the fourth annual Pegasus PlayLab, a festival dedicated to developing plays by emerging playwrights, you’re invited to hear three staged readings and experience a full production of a new play first workshopped at Orlando Shakes’ PlayFest 2021. Follow these plays into the next stage of development and be part of the creative process with playwrights, casts and artistic teams!

Workshops | Black Box

The Body

By Steve Moulds | Directed by Christopher Niess
While mom is away, Abby and her stepdad Joe spend a week together for the first time. Then an unusual crate appears on their doorstep, and they work to unravel the meaning of its contents—a life-sized doll with no face, and an instruction manual with no words. The deeper they delve into the secrets of this package, the more it threatens their tenuous emotional equilibrium. Was this doll sent here to repair their relationship? Or is it a harbinger of a more disturbing truth for Joe?

This play involves moments of violence. After the performance, discuss what you saw and heard with the playwright, director, cast and the rest of the creative team.

May 28, 2022 at 7 PM | May 29, 2022 at 2:30 PM

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Spells of the Sea

By Guinevere Govea and Anna Pickett | Directed by Julia Flood (Guest Artist)
This musical tale follows a fifteen-year-old fisherwoman named Finley Frankfurter and an old lighthouse keeper named H.S. Crank as they journey through the ocean to find the Elixir of Life to cure Finley’s terminally ill father.

This show involves the death of loved ones and the processing of grief. All topics are handled with a youth audience in mind. After the performance, discuss what you saw and heard with the playwright, director, cast and the rest of the creative team. This workshop is a collaboration with UT Austin’s Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities Program and Metro Theater Company.

June 4, 2022 at 7 PM | June 5, 2022 at 2:30 PM

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Race to Infinity

By Gian Arellano (UCF student playwright) | Directed by Edmarie Montes (Guest Artist)
All her life, Sara recalls being second to her brother, Samuel, due to the love their judgmental mother shows him. However, when senior year rolls around, Sara discovers a new version of the video game she used to play with Samuel growing up, and this helps launch her on a quest to prove herself to those around her. Race to Infinity follows Sara as she unpacks her shaky upbringing and struggles to find her worth when faced with expectations that seem impossible to reach.

This play involves strong language and generational trauma. After the performance, discuss what you saw and heard with the playwright, director, cast and the rest of the creative team.

June 11, 2022 at 7 PM | June 12, 2022 at 2:30 PM

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Full Production | Main Stage

Affinity Lunch Minutes

By Nick Malakhow | Directed by Roberta Emerson
Ben and Jasmine are the only two Black teachers at Penn Valley, a private Quaker school. Jasmine is passionate and boundary pushing, while Ben has worked his way up the ranks at the school to be Diversity Dean thanks to his “agreeable” nature. A racially charged discipline decision ignites a divide at the school and in Jasmine and Ben’s collegial relationship.

This play involves strong language and complex conversations about race and privilege. Join us for a talkback with playwright Nick Malakhow on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 immediately following the performance.

June 10 – 11 & 16 – 18, 2022 at 7:30 PM | June 12, 2022 at 2 PM

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Pegasus PlayLab 2022 Package

This package includes all workshops (The Body, Spells of the Sea and Race to Infinity) and our full production (Affinity Lunch Minutes). 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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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 ucfpegasusplaylab@gmail.com.