The 28-Hour Workshop allows a resident playwright 28 hours of actor time and the freedom to design his/her workshop to their needs. Over a two-week period a playwright can pull actors, a director, dramaturg, and even a designer into the process. The playwright submits an application and a certain number is chosen for each year. In the inaugural 14-15 Season Chicago Dramatists produced 3 workshops followed by a plan to do 6 workshops in the 15-16 season. Our goal is to reach 12 workshops per year.
Here is an interview with Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke, pictured at right along with Associate Artistic Director Rachel Edwards Harvith. Clarke's play FAY BURNS! went through a 28-Hour Workshop in June, 2016.