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The Volunteer by Cassandra Rose _ MONDAY NIGHT DRAMA (Public Reading)

  • 13 May 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists
  • 66

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The Volunteer

by Cassandra Rose

In March 1981, Roger Fisher published an article detailing a new, more personal form of nuclear deterrence: The nuclear launch codes would be surgically placed behind a volunteer's beating heart, meaning a president would have to kill one person before killing millions. In this dark political comedy, Fisher's proposal becomes an alternate 1980s reality.

About Cassandra Rose

This bisexual playwright has had over 300 of her plays performed in Chicago and beyond. That includes the hundreds of micro-plays that made up all five years of The Dictionary Project, a self-produced project in which each play was created for and inspired by a friend of hers. A friend would buy a play, pick a page in Cassandra’s dictionary, and within the year Cassandra would write them a play (1, 3, or 10 minutes long) about one of the words found on that dictionary page. Her longer plays include The Amen TrilogyThe Battle of Charlottesville, Billy to his Friends, and The Volunteer. Her work has been produced by Broken Nose Theatre, City Theatre, Cold Basement Dramatics, Jackalope Theatre Company, Nothing Special Productions, The One Minute Play Festival, and The Whiskey Radio Hour. She has dramaturged shows at Jackalope Theatre Company, Redtwist Theatre, Raven Theatre, and Strawdog Theatre Company. And Cassandra sometimes starts theatre companies; she helped found the Chicago Theatre marathon and Cold Basement Dramatics. Girl gets around. Cassandra earned her BA in playwriting from Columbia College Chicago, and she was one of six inaugural Tutterow Fellows at Chicago Dramatists.


About the Monday Night Series


On select Mondays at 7:00pm, Chicago Dramatists hosts a Monday Night Series event in our theatre. Most Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, though some are special Master Panels or fire-side chats with artists.

All plays read in the Monday Night Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets or (when the playwright is amenable) join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

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