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.

    • 07 Mar 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Civil Wars
    by Network Playwright CORINNE KAWECKI

    It is the morning of July 3, 2013, the 150th anniversary of Pickett’s Charge, a pivotal battle in the American Civil War. In Matthew and Edmond’s condo, Edmond is recreating the battle on his kitchen table. Next door, Natalie is preparing a breakfast tray for her overnight guest, Gwen.

    As the morning unfolds, so does the internal garbage that these four people carry, threatening to crush them all.

    • 14 Mar 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    by Resident Playwright RON HIRSEN | Directed by ADAM WEBSTER

    The present. A windowless room. People are detained. They chat. They discuss. They argue. They collide. They’re guilty. They’re together. They’re innocent.

    They’re alone.

    • 21 Mar 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    by Resident Playwright MARY RUTH CLARKE

    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!

    • 28 Mar 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Death and Life of John Smith
    by Resident Playwright WILL DUNNE

    John Smith lies barefoot in a strange room. He doesn't know where he is or how he got here. A woman informs him that he is in Hell. That would explain why there are no doors or windows and why others who somehow come and go look slightly like demons.

    But John is a devout Christian. Has he ended up in Hell by mistake? Or, after living a life of virtue and self-sacrifice, did he do something just before his death to earn eternal damnation?

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