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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.

    • 07 May 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Boundaries
    By Resident Playwright John Green 

    Directed by Emmi Hilger, Artistic Director, Something Marvelous

    The year is 1993. With Bill Clinton recently elected president, Robert Gray is hopeful that our broken health care system will turn around in time to keep his mentally ill daughter, Emily, off the streets and in a safe mental institution. His son, Chris, an idealistic man on the verge of forty, believes that his Eastern Spiritual Practice is the key to saving this troubled family. Hopes are high. Reality waits in the wings.

    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!

    • 14 May 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    All the Dying Voices
    By Resident Playwright Reginald Edmund 

    Directed by Kyle Haden.

    District Attorney Harrison Just is assigned to the case, when a rookie cop, is suspected of murdering a young black kid. Harrison sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, finds himself standing between an approaching battle between the community he's apart of and the city he serves.

    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!

    • 21 May 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    10-Minute Play Workshop

    Join us for an afternoon of staged readings of 10-Minute Plays, selected through open (public) submissions and directed by the MFA Directing students from The Theatre School at DePaul University. This event is part of a class called "The Director and the New Play Development Process," taught by Artistic Director Meghan Beals.

    Plays

    JOKES ABOUT TED BUNDY by Gabriella Bonamici, SKY BURIAL by Jeff Bouthiette, GRABASS by Spenser Davis, BLACK GIRL IN THE BATHTUB by Marsha Estell, MARABAR by Sue Pak, LOCKED OUT by Mary Parisoe, SUPER DAD! by Maria Pretzl and SAVING INGE by Loy Webb

    Directors

    Erin Kraft, Brian Balcolm, Andrew Peters and Nathan Singh

    • 28 May 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No Saturday Series Reading
    Memorial Day Weekend!

    In honor of Memorial Day, there will be no Saturday Series reading of a new play today. We resume the reading series on June 4, 2016.

    Instead, please join us for this evening's performance of Dana Lynn Formby's AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP!

    • 04 Jun 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Alice and Celia and Whatever it Takes
    By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke 

    Directed by Pat McKenna.

    Alice is living the dream as an actress with the Whatever It Takes Merry Art Players. But when she offers to make amends to her old pal Celia, Celia seizes the opportunity, moves in on her turf, and pens a new play. 

    Now Alice must replay her offence—on stage—over and over, as she fights to keep her dream job. Gadzooks, it's a real actor's nightmare!

    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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