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Saturday Series

The Saturday Series, our longest-running program, lies at the heart of Chicago Dramatists play development. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, but other events include panel discussions and fireside chats with visiting artists.

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.

After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion, thereby adding their grist to the mill from which the playwright creates the play. We'd love to have you join us at any of our upcoming readings (see below) to witness the birth of new theatrical works and participate in their rearing.

    • 06 Aug 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Dance for Beginners 
    By Resident Playwright M.T. Cozzola

    Directed by Stephanie Stroud

    Long-distance lovers on opposite sides of the planet, Jerry and Jenny agree to meet in person for the first time at a foxtrot competition in Blackpool, England. First, they need to learn how to dance.

    This is the culmination of a 28-Hour Workshop.  

    About the Saturday Series

    Every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM (except for holiday weekends), Chicago Dramatists hosts a Saturday Series event in our theatre. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress.

    All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

    We hope you will join us for this Saturday Series event!

    • 13 Aug 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

     Fay Burns!
    By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke

    Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith, Associate Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists, and Chicago Dramatists' Associate Artist.

    When a star struck middle-aged dreamer discovers that her long-time singing teacher has just returned from Manhattan, it can mean only one thing — he has found a producer for the Broadway musical they have created as her vehicle to stardom!  Fay has one night to rehearse Sea Side Story, and be more ready than she has been in her whole life ever.  (Good bye Kokomo, Indiana!)

    About the Saturday Series

    Every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM (except for holiday weekends), Chicago Dramatists hosts a Saturday Series event in our theatre. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress.

    All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

    We hope you will join us for this Saturday Series event!

    • 20 Aug 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas
    By Resident Playwright Ricardo Gamboa

    Directed by Tara Branham

    Jimmy de las Rosas is just your average boy on the block: He listens to his grandmother and mother, loves baseball and elotes, and speaks Spanish.  Oh—And he’s telekinetic.  A little something that’s a big help when it comes to hitting homeruns.  Soon enough, people are talking about him just as much as they are about all the disappearances plaguing his Chicago neighborhood. But on his 13th birthday, Jimmy will use his powers for something else besides baseball miracles when his mother goes missing and mutant chihuahuas appear on the street.  With the help of two super-powered friends, Jimmy will stop at nothing to find out what is going on.  Who is actually pulling people off the streets and sidewalks?  And where are they all going? 

    About the Saturday Series

    Every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM (except for holiday weekends), Chicago Dramatists hosts a Saturday Series event in our theatre. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress.

    All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

    We hope you will join us for this Saturday Series event!

    • 03 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Labor day weekend 

    No event today.  Have a Great Labor Day Weekend!

    • 10 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Solo Show: From Page to Stage
    By VARIOUS WRITERS, Directed by TBA

    Join us for an afternoon of excerpts from work-in-progress solo shows, developed in Arlene Malinowski’s “Page To Stage” class. 

    About the Saturday Series

    Every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM (except for holiday weekends), Chicago Dramatists hosts a Saturday Series event in our theatre. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress.

    All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

    We hope you will join us for this Saturday Series event!

    • 17 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    New Residents Showcase
    By Resident Playwrights TBA

    Selected scenes from the work of our new Resident Playwrights, followed by interviews with the writers.


    • 24 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    First Fruits 
    By Resident Playwright Susan Lieberman

    Directed by TBA

    FIRST FRUITS is a family musical that views the Jewish holiday of Shavuot at three turning points in history -- Jerusalem in 69 AD, Spain in 1492 and the Lower East Side in 1910. Faced with obstacles in each era, a young woman and her aunt must find new ways to celebrate the harvest festival.  

    About the Saturday Series

    Every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM (except for holiday weekends), Chicago Dramatists hosts a Saturday Series event in our theatre. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress.

    All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

    We hope you will join us for this Saturday Series event!

    • 15 Oct 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT 
    By Resident Playwright David Barr III 

    Directed by TBA

    On the eve of the Civil Rights Movement the renowned educator and social activist Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University, delivers her final public address. Through her reflective oratory this proud daughter of former slaves recounts her Odyssean struggle in overcoming Jim Crow segregation and debilitating sexism. Her devoted friend Eleanor Roosevelt affectionately called Bethune “The First Lady of Negro America” as she evolved into arguably the country’s most influential humanitarian; indefatigably leading the charge against discrimination and gender bias across all races. 

    About the Saturday Series

    Every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM (except for holiday weekends), Chicago Dramatists hosts a Saturday Series event in our theatre. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress.

    All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

    We hope you will join us for this Saturday Series event!

    • 26 Nov 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Thanksgiving weekend 

    No event today.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • 24 Dec 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    WINTER HOLIDAYS 

    No event today.   Stay warm.  Happy Holidays! 

    • 31 Dec 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    MORE WINTER HOLIDAYS 

    No event today.   Stay warm.  Happy Holidays! 

    • 07 Jan 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

     WINTER HOLIDAYS 

    No event today.   Stay warm.  Happy Holiday! Join us next week after the excitement of the winter holidays.    See you there!

    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Network 10-Minute Play Workshop

     Open to Network Playwrights only.  More details to follow.  

    Submission Guidelines

    Submissions criteria to be determined. 

    Submitting a Script

    To Be Determined

    Submission Deadline

    To Be determined

    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Easter SUnday WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a "Hoppy" Easter.      

    • 27 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    MEMorial DAY WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a happy and safe Memorial Day.  

    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.  

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