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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.

    • 13 Feb 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Throwing Rice
    By Network Playwright Madelyn Sergel

    Directed by Dawn Jones

    Set in an upscale country club, Throwing Rice takes place during the 12 hour period of the wedding day of two children born to old money. Issues of class, wealth, entitlement, and race are explored amidst the donning of finery, toasts, dancing, and celebration.  

    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 Feb 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Last Sane Man
    By Network Playwright Amy Crider

    Directed by Bec Willett

    A young college student named Casey meets a young man who believes insanity is caused by a virus spreading around the world.  As Casey observes the absurd world around us, she starts to wonder if he is right.  And could it be in the coffee?  

    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!

    • 27 Feb 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Northwestern University 10-Minute Play Workshop
    9th Annual Readings of Graduate Student Plays

    Chicago Dramatists’ professional actors and directors stage readings of short plays and scenes, developed in the Northwestern University Department of Radio/Television/Film’s M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen and Stage program, taught by Resident Playwright Emeriti Rebecca Gilman and Brett Neveu, with Bill Bleich, Thomas Bradshaw, Zayd Dohrn, and Dave Tolchinsky.

    Plays include: 20 QUESTIONS by Oona O’Leary, SHEPHERDS by Amanda Lowry, SOFTER by Roger Q. Mason, EMBRACE YOUR METEOR by Thomas Murphey, QUEEN FOR A DAY by Kate Royal and THE HOUSE CALL by Mercedes Lake.

    • 05 Mar 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Hero's Wife
    By Resident Playwright Aline Lathrop 

    Directed by Artistic Director Meghan Beals

    The first year of marriage is the hardest unless your husband was deployed. In that case, it’s when he comes home. Cameron is a former Navy SEAL struggling to find his post-military bearings, and Karyssa is the yoga instructor of his dreams. The catch is, she wants to know who she married. In waking hours, they negotiate video games, skype sex, and rodent infestations. But at night, Cameron is both more available and more dangerous, affording Karyssa opportunities to know him if she is willing to put herself at risk.

    This presentation is the culmination of a 28-Hour Workshop.  

    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 Mar 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 9

    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 Mar 21 to May 2
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes N/A
    • 30 Apr 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    99% Walden
    By Resident Playwright Stuart Flack, Directed by Shawn Douglass

    Co-hosted by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company 

    On the hunt for dinner, 3 homeless people find a tattered copy of Thoreau's "classic" in an overflowing park garbage can. While they eat, they begin to read it aloud.

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    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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