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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.

    • 25 Feb 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Northwestern University 10-Minute Play Workshop
    11th 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 AWOL by Kate Royal, LOVE STINGS by Gail Gilbert, THE HAND by Lars Steier, REMEMBRANCES OF THE LAST BEAR by Joe Shetina, WILLING IT by Oona O’Leary, THE ROCK AND THE HARD PLACE by Kristen Field and WHERE ISN'T WALDO? By Ellie Goodman.

    Directed by Richard Shavzin, Kaiser Ahmed, Melanie Keller and Kevin Christopher Fox (producer).

    • 04 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Fay Burns!
    By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke 

    When a star struck middle-aged dreamer discovers that her long-time singing teacher has just returned from Manhattan, it can mean only one thing — he has found a producer for the Broadway musical they have created as her vehicle to stardom!  Fay has one night to rehearse Sea Side Story, and be more ready than she has been in her whole life ever.  (Good bye Kokomo, Indiana!)


    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 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    A Wolf at Every Window
    By Resident Playwright Jon Steinhagen 

    In 1837, the nation is in a financial panic and Chicago becomes a city. Several mismatched people - laborers, thieves, displaced natives, abandoned women - try to establish relationships to each other while building their futures in the muddy, crude community.

    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 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Easter SUnday WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a "Hoppy" Easter.      

    • 13 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Tilikum
    By Resident Playwright Kristiana Rae Colón     

    On the wet crags of a marine theme park pool, a sprightly orca trainer dangles a treat for her captive killer whale. The dark shadows of his wives, calves, and grandcalves float past the back glass of the stadium pool. Above, in a cramped control booth, the park owner considers the dangerous weight of his investment. TILIKUM, inspired by the CNN documentary BLACKFISH featuring the shocking story of the eponymous whale, is a lyrical investigation of captivity, rebellion, and the savagery of enclosure.

    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 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    MEMorial DAY WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a happy and safe Memorial Day.  

    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.  

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