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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.

    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Borne Dust

    by Kimberly Dixon-Mays (The Writer's Studio)

    Directed by TBA

    Featuring: TBA

    A 30-something woman finds her tentative entrance into domesticity getting more bizarre and suffocating with every step. So after too many of the women in her life drown her in advice, warnings and war stories, she goes AWOL. But instead of this solving things, her world gets even more disorienting and ludicrous, and strange people come looking for even stranger answers. 


    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 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Woman, the Dog, and the Machete
    By Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby, Directed by Steven Wilson

    Twelve jurors decide the fate of a man accused of assault and battery of with a deadly weapon against a woman and her dog. Can these twelve find common ground or will they hang on their verdict. An absurd play where six actresses play the dirty dozen - both male and female.

    Cast TBA 

    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!

    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Ballast
    By Resident Playwright Georgette Kelly Directed by Megan Carney, Artistic Director of About Face Theatre

    What does it mean to love someone in a moment of great transition? Ballast tells the story of two relationships between trans and cisgender partners, exploring not only the way gender influences our relationships, but also how gender seeps into our spirituality, our dreams, and even our ability to take flight.

    Cast TBA 

    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!

    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Above the Ceiling

    by Erin Austin (RAC Writers' Group)

    Directed by Jen Poulin, Broken Nose Theatre 

    Featuring: TBA

    Dottie is just another bored housewife before a young man with a sewing-machine crawls through her window. Sex, spanking, and sewing permeate the Milwaukee mansion to propel Dottie and her young lover through their own version of the Roaring ‘20s. Based on a true story, Above the Ceiling explores the consequences of a woman with nothing to call her own, moving a secret lover out of her husband’s factory and into his attic.

    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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