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.

    • 11 Apr 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Making It
    by Resident Playwright JOHN GREEN

    "My whole life I've always wanted three simple things: to be rich, famous and spiritually enlightened."

    Through stories, songs and interruptions from his brother, Rich, John explores his life journey of trying to make it in acting, music and writing. Backed up by his brother on banjo, mandolin and guitar, John recreates experiences with a Mob Boss, a Broadway Producer, the various faces-of-God and many more in his search for the big time.

    This one-man concert with two people is being developed in part at the Creede Repertory Theatre and Chicago Dramatists.

    • 18 Apr 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    by (and Directed by) Resident Playwright MIA McCULLOUGH

    When roommates Sasha, a crisis line worker, and Karina, a phone sex worker, both break the one key rule they have in common—Don't Cross the Professional/Personal Boundary Line with a Client—they find themselves entangled in a life-threatening love hexagon involving three callers, one coworker, one cat, and a cornucopia of stolen pharmaceuticals

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