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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.

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No reading today! See you next week!

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register


    A Soldier's Tale

    By Nancy Schaefer, a Writer's Studio Member

    directed by Brad DeFabo Akin


    After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, an American Marine longs to be part of something bigger than himself when he returns home. Will he find that his dream costs more than America is willing to pay?


    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!

    • 05 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    University 10-Minute Workshop


    Stay tuned for more information.


    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!

    • 12 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Game Night

    By Kevin Christopher Fox and Erica Elam

    Directed by Kevin Christopher Fox




    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!

    • 19 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Ashes to Ashes

    By Debbie Dodge

    Directed by Ann Filmer

    Join an American family as they take the journey of a lifetime and find out it’s harder to bury people than it used to be. The living and the dead have a lot to learn along the way as promises are made, and some are kept.

    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 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Fixer

    By Sue Pak




    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!

    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    The Widows' League

    By Resident Playwright, Steve Peterson

    Directed by Kevin Christopher Fox

    Diana is the Queen Bee of the Over-70 set at her Florida condo village, fighting her fear of old age by endless rounds of golf and tennis. New widow Kate joins her team and set her eyes on Jeffery, the widower who takes turns dating all the team's ladies. Total war ensues.


    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 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    SCYLLA Lauryn CHARBYDIS

    By Jenni Lamb

    Directed by Sonny Das


    Just as Odysseus was forced to choose between the Scylla and Charybdis, first-time mother Lauren must navigate the world of work and motherhood while trying not to lose herself on the journey.


    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!

    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    Page to Stage Student Presentation

    More information to come!


    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!

    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    Where All Of It Is True and None Of It Is Real

    By Resident Playwright, Arlene Malinowski



    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!

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    Mah Jongg Swingers Club

    By Resident Playwright, Scott Woldman



    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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