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.

    • 30 May 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Hath Taken Away
    By Network Playwright JACOB JUNTUNEN, Directed by AMY SZERLONG

    Dorothea, an Evangelical Midwestern woman, learns that she is pregnant, that she has a brain tumor, and that, to best treat her cancer, she needs an abortion. In a mix of confessional direct address and remembered interactions, Dorothea, her husband, and her best friend wrestle with this decision, their pasts, and their blessings and curses.

    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!

    • 06 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No Saturday Series Reading
    Reading Hiatus for A WORK OF ART Tech

    In order to make room for technical rehearsals for our upcoming production of Elaine Romero's A WORK OF ART, there will be no Saturday Series reading of a new play today. Please join us as we resume the reading series next week.


    • 13 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Nameless and Shameless
    By Resident Playwright MT COZZOLA, Directed by NICHOLAS SANDYS

    Wealthy sisters Norah and Magdalen suddenly find themselves homeless, penniless, and even nameless after the tragic death of their parents. Norah copes by seeking a humble living as a governess, while Magdalen embarks on a scandalous life in the theatre, followed by a fraudulent marriage, capped off by a demeaning stint as a servant, all to win back the family fortune and the family name. Ultimately, the deeply flawed but intensely passionate Magdalen fails big, while her obedient sister has the fortune handed back to her on a silver platter. Morality lesson or ironic commentary from a Victorian novelist whose own lifestyle was anything but old-fashioned? An appropriation of the Victorian novel NO NAME by Wilkie Collins.

    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!

    • 20 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    10-MINUTE PLAY WORKSHOP
    with Guest Judge/Director SANDY SHINNER, Artistic Director, SHATTERED GLOBE THEATRE

    Staged readings of 10-minute plays and scenes by various writers, followed by an audience discussion moderated by Ms. Shinner. Go to www.shatteredglobe.org to check out Shattered Globe's work with playwrights and new plays.

    Any playwright able to attend may submit a 10-minute play or a 10-minute scene from a larger work.  Participating playwrights will be expected to attend one two-hour rehearsal, in addition to the workshop at Chicago Dramatists on June at 2:00 PM.

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions will not be returned and must meet the following criteria: 1) maximum scene length: ten pages (in standard 12 pt font size with pages numbered); 2) cast size: no more than six actors needed; 3) one piece per playwright; 4) include title page with playwright’s name, address, day and evening phone number, and e-mail address; 5) include character breakdown page.

    E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: 10minute@chicagodramatists.org

    Please send as a “.PDF” or “.DOC” file of no more than 400K. Send your entire submission in one file.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 16. Notification by June 6.

    • 27 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Knock
    By Resident Playwright DANA LYNN FORMBY, Directed by RACHEL EDWARDS HARVITH

    May just got out of rehab and the last thing she wants to see if her successful type A sister, Debbie. However since family is family she lets her in and the two go on an unforgettable house cleaning journey that changes them forever.

    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 Jul 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No Saturday Series Reading
    Reading Hiatus for 4th of July Weekend

    In honor of 4th of July 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 Fourth with your loved ones.

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

    Twelve
    By Resident Playwright RON HIRSEN, Directed by KEVIN CHRISTOPHER FOX

    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.

    This reading is the culmination of a 28-Hour Workshop, allowing the playwright to work longer and more intensely with actors and a director, re-writing along the way.

    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!

    • 15 Aug 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Defiant
    By Resident Emeritus Playwright ROGER RUEFF

    Two candidates for an at-large county board seat in a depressed rural community discover that all politics is not only local, it's personal—especially when fighting establishment power in an age of insidious coercion.

    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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