At the heart of Chicago Dramatists' play development lies the Saturday Series, our longest-running program. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, but other events include 10-Minute Workshops, panel discussions, fireside chats with visiting artists, and readings of plays developed in other Chicago Dramatists programs.
Almost every Saturday at 2:00 pm, playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in our theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always 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 involve 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 post-reading discussion usually moderated by Artistic Director Russ Tutterow—thereby adding their grist to the mill from which the playwright creates the play. In this way, they become involved the play-creation process and play an important part in generating new works for the American stage.
The Saturday Series is your chance to witness the birth of new theatrical works and participate in their rearing. We'd love to have you join us in the delivery room.
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