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.

    • 05 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No Saturday Series Reading
    Reading Hiatus for Labor Day Weekend

    In honor of Labor Day weekend, there will be no Saturday Series reading of a new play today. Please join us as we resume the reading series next week.

    And we hope you enjoy a safe and happy Labor Day.

    • 12 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Fifth Annual Scrapbook
    Co-produced by Resident Playwrights JON STEINHAGEN and JIM HENRY | "An artistic collaboration between Chicago Dramatists' Resident Playwrights, artistic staff, and Associate Artists"

    Based on a prompt (this year: "a set of keys"), Chicago Dramatists’ Resident Playwrights create new theatrical pieces through individual and group writing efforts, directed and acted by the artistic staff and Associate Artists. 

    Writers include Steve Peterson, Mark Young, James Henry, Scott Woldman, Arlene Malinowski, Mary Ruth Clarke, Susan Lieberman and Robert Koon.

    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 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No Saturday Series Reading
    Reading Hiatus Chicago Memorial Bike Ride

    In honor of the Chicago Memorial Bike Ride, there will be no Saturday Series reading of a new play today. Feel free to register for the event and ride with us!

    We will resume the reading series next week. See you then.


    • 26 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Ten-Second Delay
    By Resident Playwright JON STEINHAGEN, Directed by TBA

    Dominick, the youngest member of the once-famous Randazzo family of tightrope walkers and aerialists, plans to celebrate his 21st birthday by crossing from one Chicago building to another by tightrope, with only the Chicago River as a safety net. When his older brother and sister discover what he actually plans to do - televised, no less - they do what they can to change his game.

    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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