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.

    • 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!

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

    Creep
    By Resident Playwright MT COZZOLA, Directed by HEATHER BODIE

    Good-natured Karl is concertmaster at the symphony, wisecracking Megan works in real estate, and daughter Jorie is a straight-A student and athlete. They all get along beautifully, and Karl and Megan have been in love since the moment they met.

    But in the middle of the night, when Karl's demons won't let him rest, he sneaks out to the living room, where Jorie and her BFFs are sleeping off a slumber party sugar high. He finds himself longing to soak in their golden restfulness, absorb their strawberries-n-cream goodness, inhale their youth.

    That's what he does…and not for the first time. But tonight, he gets caught.

    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 Jul 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Drinks with Jack
    By Network Playwright JENNIFER GRASZ

    After living abroad, Brigid returns home to her Irish family in Chicago with her 9-year-old son under the guise of her father's retirement party. As the quick-witted and scrappy clan reunites, they're forced to confront old wounds and old jokes.

    The visit erupts into an epic battle when Brigid tells her father she's discovered the family secret and asks him to do something he swore he would never do again—even if it meant life or death.

    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 control.

    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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