Playfest 2022-’23

Three winning short plays, written and directed by young adults in the SYT Studio Feb. 10-19, 2023.

Written by:
Chris Brattin
Max Mendoza
Spencer Wareing

Feb. 10–19:
Fri. & Sat. at 7:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. at 2:00 p.m.

Buy Show Tickets: $17

About This Production

Spotlight continues its annual showcase of new one-act plays by the winners of its summer contest for young playwrights. One show, under 90 minutes, will present all three of these very different stories. The cast of these three plays may experience playing multiple featured roles.

  • “I Never Would’ve Guessed”

    Five teens, and one suspicious stray cat, meet around the fire on the last night of summer camp—a hilarious take on how secrets among friends are rarely secrets. Written by Chris Brattin. Directed by Owen Donsker.

  • “The 7 AM Bus”

    Bo unravels the mystery of crazy events during a long wait at a bus stop—an absurdist, Twilight Zone-style lesson in valuing every minute we might have. Written by Max Mendoza. Directed by Jazlynn Damasco.

  • “Boarding for Neverland”

    Atticus and Kylie’s chance meeting at the airport as children forges a lifelong bond—a moving experience of friendship sustaining all trials and transformations. Written by Spencer Wareing. Directed by Lyda Armistead.


“Boarding for Neverland”
AtticusOwen Morris
Younger AtticusElla Ellis
Kylie to KipBella Cucchetti
Younger KylieJay Schwab
Narrator / ParentEmma Denny
Arthur / AnnouncerKate Donick
EnsembleDakota Boyce
Hunter Schneider
“I Never Would’ve Guessed”
JamieDakota Boyce
Mary BensonKate Donick
Mari BensonJay Schwab
CharlieHunter Schneider
GarrettOwen Morris
BruceElla Ellis
“The 7AM Bus”
BoEmma Denny
SageJay Schwab
Bus Attendant / Delivery PersonOwen Morris
Piano PlayerBella Cucchetti
EnsembelDakota Boyce
Kate Donick
Ella Ellis
Hunter Schneider

Production Team

Role(s)Team Member(s)
Director, “Boarding for Neverland”Lyda Armistead
Director, “I Never Would’ve Guessed”Owen Donsker
Director, “The 7AM Bus”Jazlynn Damasco