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.

    • 08 Aug 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Other Familiars
    By Resident Playwright SCOTT T. BARSOTTI, Directed by JASON NARVY

    Witches' familiars don't often die before the witch does, but Ruby is losing hers to a strange sickness. Before she can even begin the grieving process for her dying friend, she is pressured to find a new spirit guide to replace him. Meanwhile, Ruby and her sisters were just assigned an errand by their superior goddess: meddling in the affairs of an ambitious Scottish thane.

    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 Aug 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Defiant
    By Resident Playwright Emeritus ROGER RUEFF, Directed by Goodman Theatre Producer STEVE SCOTT

    Two candidates for an at-large county board seat in a depressed rural community discover that all politics is not only local, it's personal—especially when fighting establishment power in an age of insidious control.

    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!

    • 22 Aug 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Daughters of the Moon
    By Resident Playwright Reginald Edmund

    The first play in Reginald Edmund's “City of the Bayou” Collection, “Daughters of the Moon” follows a runaway slave girl and a former plantation mistress wanted for murder as they embark on a perilous journey North towards freedom, guided by an Ancient African Goddess.

    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!

    • 29 Aug 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Solo Show: From Page to Stage
    By various students

    Join us for a glimpse into the world of solo show writing and performance. These excerpts are book-in-hand presentations of solo shows developed in Arlene Malinowski's class, Solo Show: From Page to Stage.

    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!

    • 05 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No Saturday Series Reading
    Reading Hiatus for Labor Day Weekend

    In honor of Labor Day weekend, there will be no Saturday Series reading of a new play today. Please join us as we resume the reading series next week.

    And we hope you enjoy a safe and happy Labor Day.

    • 12 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Fifth Annual Scrapbook
    Co-produced by Resident Playwrights JON STEINHAGEN and JIM HENRY | "An artistic collaboration between Chicago Dramatists' Resident Playwrights, artistic staff, and Associate Artists"

    Based on a prompt (this year: "a set of keys"), Chicago Dramatists’ Resident playwrights create new theatrical pieces through individual and group writing efforts, directed and acted by the artistic staff and Associate Artists.

    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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