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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 Jun 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Wisdom From Everything
    By Resident Playwright Mia McCullough

    Directed by Associate Artist Anna Bahow

    In contemporary Jordan, 19-year-old Syrian refugee Farsana marries an older Jordanian doctor in hopes of finally getting the education that war has stolen from her, but instead she finds herself embroiled in her new husband's bizarre plot to redeem himself. Wisdom From Everything is the story of one young woman trying to better herself in a world where she has very little agency, few rights, no country, and very little support.

    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!

    • 02 Jul 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND

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

    • 09 Jul 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Actuary 
    By Resident Playwright Steven Peterson

    Directed by Kevin Christopher Fox

    Ed Brooks is an actuary, the kind of guy nobody notices. Which helps a lot as he goes backwards in time to rescue his beloved daughter from an unhappy marriage to the man developing Whozit, the latest killer app. It's a romantic comedy in reverse about the choices we make in life.

    This 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!

    • 16 Jul 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Lost Bar Mitzvah Speech of Jesus
    By Network Playwright Blake Levinson

    Directed by Associate Artistic Director Rachel Edwards Harvith

    Long before he died on the cross for our sins or even earned the nickname "Messiah," Jesus was just your typical, skinny Jewish kid from the east side of Nazareth. But that all changes the night before his bar mitzvah when he finds himself facing a family crisis of biblical proportions. And it’s all his fault.

    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!

    • 23 Jul 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Title IX
    By Resident Playwright Elaine Romero 

    Directed by TBA.

    The third play of Elaine Romero’s U.S./Mexican border trilogy, Title IX follows a border family of Latina educators from 1972 to present. Has sexism in the U.S. been eradicated or has it just found new forms? Does the right to equal treatment lead to that equal treatment or is it an insidious path to something else? 

    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!

    • 30 Jul 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Decides to Go Dancing in the Dark: A Play with Its Own Agency 
    By Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby

    Directed by TBA.

    An off the rails comedy about two best friends from different economic classes, their love of cheese, and a wrestle to death over politics. This battle leads the characters to surprising places, ultimately asking the most human question of all, can we get along?

    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!

    • 06 Aug 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Dance for Beginners 
    By Resident Playwright M.T. Cozzola

    Directed by Stephanie Stroud

    (Synopsis to be posted)

    This 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!

    • 03 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Labor day weekend 

    No event today.  Have a Great Labor Day Weekend!

    • 10 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Solo Show: From Page to Stage
    By VARIOUS WRITERS, Directed by TBA

    Join us for an afternoon of excerpts from work-in-progress solo shows, developed in Arlene Malinowski’s “Page To Stage” class. 

    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!

    • 17 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    New Residents Showcase
    By Resident Playwrights TBA

    Selected scenes from the work of our new Resident Playwrights, followed by interviews with the writers.


    • 15 Oct 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT 
    By Resident Playwright David Barr III 

    Directed by TBA

    On the eve of the Civil Rights Movement the renowned educator and social activist Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University, delivers her final public address. Through her reflective oratory this proud daughter of former slaves recounts her Odyssean struggle in overcoming Jim Crow segregation and debilitating sexism. Her devoted friend Eleanor Roosevelt affectionately called Bethune “The First Lady of Negro America” as she evolved into arguably the country’s most influential humanitarian; indefatigably leading the charge against discrimination and gender bias across all races. 

    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!

    • 26 Nov 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Thanksgiving weekend 

    No event today.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • 24 Dec 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    WINTER HOLIDAYS 

    No event today.   Stay warm.  Happy Holidays! 

    • 31 Dec 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    MORE WINTER HOLIDAYS 

    No event today.   Stay warm.  Happy Holidays! 

    • 07 Jan 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

     WINTER HOLIDAYS 

    No event today.   Stay warm.  Happy Holiday! Join us next week after the excitement of the winter holidays.    See you there!

    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Network 10-Minute Play Workshop

     Open to Network Playwrights only.  More details to follow.  

    Submission Guidelines

    Submissions criteria to be determined. 

    Submitting a Script

    To Be Determined

    Submission Deadline

    To Be determined

    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Easter SUnday WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a "Hoppy" Easter.      

    • 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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