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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.

    • 03 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Labor day weekend 

    No event today.  Have a Great Labor Day Weekend!

    • 10 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Solo Show: From Page to Stage
    By Margret Ghielmetti, Ralph Gerbie, RC Riley, Kathleen Kollar, Raymond Wohl, Theresa Puskar, and Doug Widowski 

    Directed by MT Cozolla, Emmi Hilger, and Erin Kraft 

    Join us for an afternoon of excerpts from work-in-progress solo shows, developed in Arlene Malinowski’s “Page To Stage” class. 

    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!

    • 17 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    New Residents Showcase

    By New Resident Playwrights Georgette Kelly, Sue Pak Isaac Gomez, Ricardo Gamboa, and Jay Torrence 

    Directed by TBA

    Selected scenes from the work of our new Resident Playwrights, followed by interviews with the writers.


    • 24 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    First Fruits 
    By Resident Playwright Alumni Susan Lieberman

    Directed by TBA

    FIRST FRUITS is a family musical that views the Jewish holiday of Shavuot at three turning points in history -- Jerusalem in 69 AD, Spain in 1492 and the Lower East Side in 1910. Faced with obstacles in each era, a young woman and her aunt must find new ways to celebrate the harvest festival.  

    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!

    • 10 Oct 2016
    • 6:30 PM
    • 21 Nov 2016
    • 9:30 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 10

    Instructor: Douglas Post—Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble

    This class is specifically designed for writers seeking to hone their skills in writing 10-minute plays.

    Contests and festivals for short works are becoming increasingly popular in our theatrical culture and are also a good way for playwrights to get a foot in the door at a variety of institutions. But 10-minute plays demand economy, skill and craftsmanship. This class will focus on those elements and others needed to tell our stories in a condensed form.

    At the end of the session, writers will have acquired a better understanding of how to write a short play that is precise, playable, and has a solid sense of beginning, middle and end.

    NOTE: Participants should bring 11 copies of a 10-page play-in-progress to the first session.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Mondays
    Start/End Date October 10 - November 21
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Please bring 11 copies of a 10-page play-in-progress to the first session.
    • 15 Oct 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT 
    By Resident Playwright David Barr III 

    Directed by TBA

    On the eve of the Civil Rights Movement the renowned educator and social activist Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University, delivers her final public address. Through her reflective oratory this proud daughter of former slaves recounts her Odyssean struggle in overcoming Jim Crow segregation and debilitating sexism. Her devoted friend Eleanor Roosevelt affectionately called Bethune “The First Lady of Negro America” as she evolved into arguably the country’s most influential humanitarian; indefatigably leading the charge against discrimination and gender bias across all races. 

    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!

    • 29 Oct 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Displaced
    By Resident Playwright Isaac Gomez 

    Directed by TBA

    Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it.  The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.

    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 Nov 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Thanksgiving weekend 

    No event today.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • 24 Dec 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    WINTER HOLIDAYS 

    No event today.   Stay warm.  Happy Holidays! 

    • 31 Dec 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    MORE WINTER HOLIDAYS 

    No event today.   Stay warm.  Happy Holidays! 

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

     WINTER HOLIDAYS 

    No event today.   Stay warm.  Happy Holiday! Join us next week after the excitement of the winter holidays.    See you there!

    • 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.      

    • 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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