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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 Jan 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 44

    Tutterow Fellows Showcase

    Selected scenes from the debut class of our Tutterow Fellows.


    Featuring Malcolm Callan, LaNisa Frederick*, Fiona Garretson, Jennifer Glasse*, Addison Heimann, Abie Irabor, Aaron Kirby*, Asia Martin, Khnemu Menu-Ra*, Semaj Miller and Tania Richard*

    *Member of Actors Equity Association

    LONELY HEARTS by Rachel DuBose
         Directed by Steven Wilson

    from SHOLA’S GAME by Osiris Khepera
         Directed by Azar Kazemi

    from LINDA & SUELLA'S URBAN SAFARI by Caroline Macon
         Directed by Azar Kazemi

    TEA TIME WITH BEVERLY by Derek Lee McPhatter
         Directed by Dawn Renee Jones

    INTERVIEW WITH FREDDIE MERCURY by Cassandra Rose
         Directed by Steven Wilson

    I AM A WOMAN by Loy A. Webb
         Directed by Dawn Renee Jones

    Azar Kazemi is the founding artistic director at The Blind Owl. She most recently directed the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green's dirty butterfly at Halcyon Theatre. Some of Azar's Chicago directing credits include: the mid-west premiere of Jack's Precious Moment by Samuel D. Hunter, Crave by Sarah Kane, and The Coming World by Christopher Shinn. She teaches theatre at DePaul University, where she also earned her MFA in Directing.


    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!

    • 04 Feb 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    To Be Announced


    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 Feb 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Panel Discussion: Understanding New Play Development
    Moderated by CD Artistic Director Meghan Beals 

    Join us for a Saturday afternoon discussion on the inner workings of new play development. Where does a play begin? How do playwrights go from idea, to script, to production? What does a playwright need from directors and actors? What is an actor’s role in the room? A Director’s? And, if you are interested in new work as a creative or an audience member, how can you get involved?

    Panelists will include three Resident Playwrights of Dramatists. Following the panel discussion, audience questions and participation will be encouraged.

    This panel discussion is part of Chicago Theatre Week, presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago.

    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!

    • 18 Feb 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Nat Turner: A Prophet's Sorrow
    By Resident Playwright Reginald Edmund 

    As Nat Turner sits in his darkened cell awaiting death, he tells his story of rebellion.


    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!

    • 25 Feb 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Northwestern University 10-Minute Play Workshop
    10th Annual Readings of Graduate Student Plays

    Chicago Dramatists’ professional actors and directors stage readings of short plays and scenes, developed in the Northwestern University Department of Radio/Television/Film’s M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen and Stage program, taught by Resident Playwright Emeriti Rebecca Gilman and Brett Neveu, with Bill Bleich, Thomas Bradshaw, Zayd Dohrn, and Dave Tolchinsky.

    • 04 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Fay Burns!
    By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke 

    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!

    • 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.      

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

    Tilikum
    By Resident Playwright Kristiana Rae Colón     

    On the wet crags of a marine theme park pool, a sprightly orca trainer dangles a treat for her captive killer whale. The dark shadows of his wives, calves, and grandcalves float past the back glass of the stadium pool. Above, in a cramped control booth, the park owner considers the dangerous weight of his investment. TILIKUM, inspired by the CNN documentary BLACKFISH featuring the shocking story of the eponymous whale, is a lyrical investigation of captivity, rebellion, and the savagery of enclosure.

    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!

    • 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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