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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.

    • 28 May 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No Saturday Series Reading
    Memorial Day Weekend!

    In honor of Memorial Day, there will be no Saturday Series reading of a new play today. We resume the reading series on June 4, 2016.

    Instead, please join us for this evening's performance of Dana Lynn Formby's AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP!

    • 04 Jun 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Alice and Celia and Whatever it Takes
    By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke 

    Directed by Pat McKenna.

    Alice is living the dream as an actress with the Whatever It Takes Merry Art Players. But when she offers to make amends to her old pal Celia, Celia seizes the opportunity, moves in on her turf, and pens a new play. 

    Now Alice must replay her offence—on stage—over and over, as she fights to keep her dream job. Gadzooks, it's a real actor's nightmare!

    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!

    • 11 Jun 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Lost Bar Mitzvah Speech of Jesus
    By Network Playwright Blake Levinson

    Directed by Jason A. Fleece

    Long before he died on the cross for our sins or even earned the nickname "Messiah," Jesus was just your typical, skinny Jewish kid from the east side of Nazareth. But that all changes the night before his bar mitzvah when he finds himself facing a family crisis of biblical proportions. And it’s all his fault.

    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!

    • 09 Jul 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Actuary 
    By Resident Playwright Steven Peterson

    Directed by Kevin Christopher Fox

    Ed Brooks is an actuary, the kind of guy nobody notices. Which helps a lot as he goes backwards in time to rescue his beloved daughter from an unhappy marriage to the man developing Whozit, the latest killer app. It's a romantic comedy in reverse about the choices we make in life.

    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!

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