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Now through June 5!

by Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Megan Shuchman

 Sue has big dreams for both her basement beauty shop and her daughter, who’s anxiously waiting for a letter from MIT that could change her life. Armed with tough love, combative humor and an uncompromising work ethic, Sue is struggling to balance her own livelihood and Judy’s future. A heartfelt play about the true cost of dreams.


Formby is really on to something valuable here...Formby knows these women, with all their flaws, and she doesn't sugar-coat them, [the play] shows the dark roots of economic vulnerability encroaching on their lives. - Chicago Tribune

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The Saturday Series, our longest-running program, lies at the heart of Chicago Dramatists play development. All are listed on our calendar. All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. And since the theatre operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association, at least half of all roles in the Saturday Series involve union actors—which allows them to use some of the best acting talent in Chicago.

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