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    • 16 Jan 2018
    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 0
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    The RAC (Risk, Access, Community) Writers Group is an eight session weekly writers group for early career playwrights and screenwriters who have studied dramatic writing extensively, have a portfolio, and are looking for structure, community, and accountability. Up to 8 writers will present anywhere from 30-70 pages at least twice during the 8 week session, providing feedback for their cohort and honing their projects. An industry professional (director, literary manager, or dramaturg) will be present for the last 4 sessions to hear the writers' work and offer feedback.

    There is no teacher for this group, and participants are expected to work out a schedule. Staff support is available for this if it's necessary. Hard copies of the script pages for workshop – with enough notice – are included in the fee for the group.

    Sessions/Weekday 8 Tuesdays
    Start/End Date January 16th - March 6th
    Time Slot 11am-2pm
    Notes Writers will be contacted in advance to arrange who will bring pages to the first session.
    • 17 Jan 2018
    • 28 Feb 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 1
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    Acting for Writers
    Instructor:  Resident Playwright Alum John Green

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live inside of a character, speaking the writer’s words? Acting For Writers is an introductory level acting course exploring the basic language and techniques of acting - character, given circumstances, motivation and intent - as they apply to writing a play. Through theatre games, exercises and simple scripts, Resident Playwright/Actor John Green will introduce you to what an actor needs in order to bring a script to life and how to enrich writing for the stage. 

    The course is designed for absolute beginners and experienced actors who want to review the basics as they apply them to writing. 

    John Green taught all levels of acting for twenty years at Act One Studios. He developed Acting for Writers at Chicago Dramatists and has since taught it at as an adjunct at Northwestern University and various work shops here and in Colorado. John's plays have been produced across the US and abroad.

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date  January 17th - February 28th (no class on Feb 14th) 
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes
    • 17 Jan 2018
    • 07 Mar 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 4
    Register

    The RAC (Risk, Access, Community) Writers Group is a eight session weekly writers group for early career playwrights and screenwriters in who have studied dramatic writing extensively, have a portfolio, and are looking for structure, community, and accountability. Up to 8 writers will present anywhere from 30 pages to a full length piece at least twice during the 8 week session, providing feedback for their cohort, and honing their projects. An industry professional (director, literary manager, or dramaturg) will be present for the last 4 sessions to hear the writers' work and offer feedback.

    There is no teacher for this group, and participants are expected to work out a schedule. Staff support is available for this if it's necessary. Hard copies of the script pages for workshop – with enough notice – are included in the fee for the group.

    Sessions/Weekday 8 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date January 17th - March 7th
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Writers will be contacted in advance to arrange who will bring pages to the first session.
    • 18 Jan 2018
    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 4
    Register

    Parent Playwrights Group is an eight session weekly writers group for playwrights and screenwriters who are also the primary caregiver of their kid(s). This group is for writers who have studied dramatic writing extensively,  and are looking for structure, community, and accountability. Up to 8 writers will present anywhere from 30 pages to a full length piece at least twice during the 8 week session, providing feedback for their cohort, and honing their projects. An industry professional (director, literary manager, or dramaturg) will be present for the last 4 sessions to hear the writers' work and offer feedback.

    There is no teacher for this group, and participants are expected to work out a schedule. Staff support is available for this if it's necessary. Hard copies of the script pages for workshop – with enough notice – are available, though digital sharing is encouraged to save trees.

    Sessions/Weekday 8 Thursdays
    Start/End Date January 18th - March 8th
    Time Slot 10:30am - 1:30 pm
    Notes Writers will be contacted in advance to arrange who will bring pages to the first session.
    • 18 Jan 2018
    • 01 Mar 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 3
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    The Blueprint: Building Your Play

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby

    This class breaks structure down to the nuts and bolts of writing, introducing you to tools that will help you turn a blank page into a first draft, and successfully assess it for further revisions. You will learn how to raise the stakes for your characters and how to tell a story with twists and turns. You will learn what you need to do to make a scene work, and follow it through to encompass the complete arc of a story.

    This class will take an in-depth look into the dramatic elements of four plays: The Toilet by Amiri Baraka, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, What of the Night by Maria Irene Fornes, and Top Dog Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks. By examining the building blocks of these plays, participants will create outlines and begin work on their own brand-new, full-length plays.

    NOTE: Participants are asked to obtain the plays on their own prior to class.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
    Start/End Date January 18th - March 1st
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Participants are asked to obtain the plays on their own prior to class.


    • 18 Jan 2018
    • 29 Mar 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 0
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    "Scene Shop" Play Development

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    SOLD OUT! GET  ON THE WAIT LIST!

    Now in its eleventh year at Chicago Dramatists and run by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion  and The Architecture of Story, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one.  Plays developed in the workshop have received numerous readings, productions, and awards locally and around the country, Each weekly session offers a guided script development exercise and the opportunity to hear scene work from home read by professional actors and discussed by the group in a supportive setting. As a result, you don't have to wait until you complete a whole draft of a play to hear your characters off the page and get input from other writers. If you are unable to attend any session, you can always make it up in the other section that week. Selected scenes from the fall and winter Scene Shops will be presented in a staged reading showcase in our theatre in spring 2018.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
    Start/End Date January 18 - March 15
    Time Slot 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    Notes Does not meet February 1st or March 1st


    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Library
    • 0
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    Essentials 1: The Core
    Instructor:
    Resident Playwright Marsha Estell

    The first step in our series of classes geared at teaching students the main tools of theatrical storytelling: Essentials 1, 2, and 3. Each course builds on the last, giving playwrights a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their writing technique.   

    In the first of the series, Essentials 1: The Core, students learn the core principles of dramatic writing, such as the major dramatic question, conflict, and rising action. Using these tools as a guide, students write and respond to each other’s work. By mastering dramatic structure, students learn to tell stories that are specifically geared for the stage—stories that keep audience members on the edge of their seats. On the last day of class, actors read students’ work. This class is for beginners and playwrights of all levels who are seeking a foundation for their craft. 

    Note: Either Essentials 1 or Essentials Weekend Bootcamp must be taken as prerequisites for the other Essentials courses—Essentials 2: Strengthen and Essentials 3: The Journey. 


    Sessions/Weekday 6 Saturdays
    Start/End Date 20 Jan 2018 - 03 Mar 2018 (6 sessions) 
    Time Slot 10 am - 1 pm
    Notes No class on 2/17/17.

    About the Essentials Track

    The Essentials track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for their dramatic writing efforts. It consists of three courses:

    • Essentials 1 - The Core
    • Essentials 2 - Strengthening the Core
    • Essentials 3 - The Journey

    Each course is designed to build on its predecessor, thereby providing participants with a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their dramatic writing technique.

    Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 31 Mar 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 0
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    "Scene Shop" Play Development

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    SOLD OUT! GET ON THE WAIT LIST!

    Now in its eleventh year at Chicago Dramatists and run by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and The Architecture of Story, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one. Plays developed in the workshop have received numerous readings, productions, and awards locally and around the country. Each weekly session offers a guided script development exercise and the opportunity to hear scene work from home read by professional actors and discussed by the group in a supportive setting. As a result, you don't have to wait until you complete a whole draft of a play to hear your characters off the page and get input from other writers. If you are unable to attend any session, you can always make it up in the other section that week. Selected scenes from the fall and winter Scene Shops will be presented in a staged reading showcase in our theatre in spring 2018.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
    Start/End Date  January 20th - March 17th
    Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Notes Does not meet on February 3rd or March 3rd


    • 22 Jan 2018
    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Library
    • 4
    Register
    Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core                                                    
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Marsha Estell


    Prerequisite: Essentials 1: The Core, Essentials Bootcamp, or permission of instructor.

    The second in our three-class Essentials series, Essentials 2 is about the process rather than the product. You will write a short play every week in order to unleash your creativity and incorporate the core principles taught in Essentials 1 into your writing muscle memory. You will also refine your ability to give and receive notes with your fellow playwrights in a way that helps all of you reach the next level in your development as writers.

    This class will culminate in a public staged reading of students’ short plays, with professional actors and directors, in Chicago Dramatists’ theatre on March 12th at 7:00pm. Students should set aside March 10th and 11th for rehearsal. 

    For the first day of class, bring in a new 4-page scene with a full arc. This scene must have at least one onstage manifestation of choice that is negotiated over throughout the scene. Make sure you think about the core principles when writing this scene.

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Mondays, including a final presentation
    Start/End Date Janaury 22nd - February 26th. Final presentation on March 12th in the theatre.
    Time Slots 6:30pm - 9:30pm


    Notes: Final presentation is Monday, March 12th at 7:00 pm. Students should set aside March 10th and 11th for rehearsal. No class on February 19th.

    About the Essentials Track

    The Essentials track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for their dramatic writing efforts. It consists of three courses:

    • Essentials 1 - The Core
    • Essentials 2 - Strengthening the Core
    • Essentials 3 - The Journey

    Each course is designed to build on its predecessor, thereby providing participants with a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their dramatic writing technique.

    Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

    • 24 Jan 2018
    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 4
    Register

    Developing a Play-in-Progress

    Instructor: Douglas Post—Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble

    This is a workshop for writers who want to develop a script on which they have already begun work. This may include anything from a full-length play to a one-act play to a series of short plays.  The class will explore the skills and qualities of effective dramatic writing by reading and discussing participants' scripts in a supportive and challenging environment, with the goal being to ready their plays for production.  We will pay particular attention to how your play will be received by producers, directors and literary managers.  We will also pay attention to how it will be received by designers and, most importantly, actors.

    NOTE: Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from their play to the first session.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date January 24 - March 14
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from their play to the first session.
    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 1
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    Writing the Political or Social Play
    Instructor: 
    Douglas Post—Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble

    This class is specifically designed for writers seeking to sharpen their skills in writing political and social theatre.  We are living through a challenging period and the arts can play a big role in raising issues and rousing communities to take action.  We will start each session by studying scenes by produced playwrights that have spoken to the tenor of their times.  We will then turn our attention to the work of the participants in the room, whether that is a short play, a series of short plays or a full-length work.  At the end of the class, writers will have a better sense of how to write provocative theatre that is powerful and producible.

    Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from their play to their first session.

      
    Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
    Start/End Date February 3rd - March 17th
    Time Slot 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    Notes Please bring 11 copies of a 10-page play-in-progress to the first session.
    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Library
    • 6
    Register

    Screenwriting 2.0
    Instructor:
    Resident Playwright  Mary Ruth Clarke—Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents

    Prerequisite:  Screenwriting 1.0

    We will do a structural analysis of a non-RomCom screenplay, and will also address secondary story lines, the beauty of the reversal, titles, and rewrites. There will be ample time allotted for participants to bring in their work in progress.  


    Schedule

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Saturdays
    Start/End Date February 3rd - April 14th
    Timeslot 1:30-4:30pm
    Class meets February 3, 17, March 3, 17, 31, April 14


    • 06 Feb 2018
    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 1
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    Solo Show & Storytelling Fundamentals Class

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski

    This  class is designed for storytellers, solo artists, actors, stand-ups, and playwrights of all levels- from those who are thinking about writing a one-person play or long form-story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one.

    We will focus on developing the tools and techniques for (1) 

    1. finding your voice and the voice of the story
    2. designing the Story/Solo plot structure;
    3. Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship
    4. Character development and writing multiple character scenes; 
    5.  The 14 styles of Solo & Story pieces. 
    6. Creative and nontraditional use of timelines, plot lines, and stories.
    7. Most importantly this workshop will focus on developing your unique style. In class exercises, one on one coaching.  
    This class is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will have big fun!
    Sessions/Weekday 8 Tuesdays
    Start/End Date February 6th to March 27th
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:45pm
    Notes

    About the Solo Show Track

    The Solo Show track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for Storytelling & writing and performing Solo Plays.

    -Fundamentals Class

    -Fundamental Weekend Warrior

    -Development & Works in Progress Class

    -Page to Stage Class

    -Performance skills for Story & Solo (New class!)

    -Marketing and Producing Your Solo show

    • 20 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Rehearsal Room A

    Casey's Bar by James Bruce Smith

    Moderator: Jim Henry


    This play covers a week in existence of a neighborhood bar.  The bar is a mystical place governed by the holy trinity of pizza, beer, and sex overseen by the archangels Casey and Luca.


    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Rehearsal Room A

    Ordinary Time by Justin Sikes

    Moderator: Jenni Lamb


    Father Sy Stolarski faces a crisis of faith after a family tragedy. Separated from that family due to his vows and an unresolved betrayal, he takes solace in the return of an old friend and considers starting a new life. But the line between salvation and retreat proves murkier than he first imagines.


    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 11
    Register

    Writing the Adaptation Workshop
    with Resident Playwright Alvaro Saar Rios

    General Price $99

    Do you have a favorite short story or folktale you have always wanted to turn into a play? This workshop is for you.  It is also for those who are just curious about creating a play adaptation based on original source material, such as folktales, short stories, children’s books or even songs.  

    In this workshop, you will learn techniques in:

    •  adapting source material into a play, 
    • brainstorm adaptation ideas, and 
    • create a scene(or two) for your new play adaptation. 
    No writing experience necessary. 


    Alvaro Saar Rios has been writing adaptations for over fifteen years.  His work has been produced by various theaters, including The Alley Theatre(TX), Houston Grand Opera, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, First Stage(WI),  and Honolulu Theatre for Youth.   His award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing Inc.  Mr. Rios holds an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University.  He lives in Chicago and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.Ge

    Sessions/Weekday 1 Saturday 
    Start/End Date March 3rd
    Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Notes
    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    Beautiful Man by Helen Valenta

    Moderator: Jess Hutchinson


    Before there was Stonewall, there was the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights movement. Bob Hull was one of its founders, a man full of hope for the civil rights of others. But will  hope be enough to save him from his own personal demons?


    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    Geriatric Hit Man

    By Resident Alumnus, John Green


    Uncle Charlie is frustrated by his tiny ground-floor room at a classy retirement home. When his nephew, Roger, approaches him for financial assistance, they come up with a deal: If Roger finds a way to get Flora, the old psychic living on the top floor, to give up her “room with a view,” Roger will receive a down payment on Charlie’s sizable life savings.


    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!

    • 11 Mar 2018
    • 20 May 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke—Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents 


    Sessions/Weekday 6 Sundays
    Class Dates 3/11; 3/25; 4/8; 4/22; 5/6; and 5/20
    Time Slot 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Notes N/A

     

    • 13 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    TBD by Neill Shanahan

    Moderator: TBD



    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    Rag Doll in a Mad Dog's Mouth

    By Will Dunne

    Directed by Lance Baker


    The 20th Century has not been kind to Evangeline Leggs. Her family has suffered almost every kind of misfortune. Even a UFO abduction. And now as the new millennium approaches, robbers may be targeting her rural Indiana diner. Is this all just bad luck or is there a sin that never stops punishing? A post-truth comedy.


    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!

    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    The Sound by Amy Crider

    Moderator: Jess Hutchinson


    A couple has just moved into a new apartment when a mysterious sound drives them to the brink of madness, in a play that becomes increasingly frightening and surreal.


    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 25 Mar 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 5
    Register

    Essentials Core Weekend Bootcamp
    Instructor:
    Interim Artistic Director Dana Lynn Formby

    General Price $199

    Essentials Core Weekend Bootcamp is an alternative to Essentials 1 for those who want to learn the core principles in a condensed format. Perfect for out-of-towners or writers who want to advance quickly to Essentials 2.

    In this course, participants learn the core principles of dramatic writing, such as the major dramatic question, conflict, and rising action. Using these tools as a guide, they will write and respond to each others' work.

    By mastering dramatic structure, participants will learn to tell stories that are specifically geared for the theatre—stories that keep audience members on the edge of their seats.

    This class is designed for beginners and for playwrights of all levels of experience who are seeking a foundation for their craft.

    Before class, participants should read Fences, by August Wilson.


    Sessions/Weekday Saturday & Sunday
    Start/End Date March 24th & 25th
    Time Slot March 24th: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
     March 25th: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Notes Before class, participants should read Fences, by August Wilson.

    About the Essentials Track

    The Essentials track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for their dramatic writing efforts. It consists of three courses:

    • Essentials 1 - The Core
    • Essentials 2 - Strengthening the Core
    • Essentials 3 - The Journey

    Each course is designed to build on its predecessor, thereby providing participants with a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their dramatic writing technique.

    Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    (PARAGRAPH 5) by Blake Levinson, Writer Studio Member


    Inspired by real people and events, this is Chicago in the 1950's. A tumultuous time of white flight, racist mortgage regulations, and unethical sales contracts. Haunted by the childhood memory of his parents losing their home, Horace looks back with the hope of unraveling a rather curious mystery: When thousands of Black families like his were being conned out of their dreams, why did the city of broad shoulders just stand there and shrug?  


    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 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    TBD by Fouad Teymour

    Moderator: Resident Playwright, Mary Ruth Clarke



    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 31 Mar 2018
    • 19 May 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Library
    • 10
    Register

    Essentials 1: The Core
    Instructor:
    Resident Playwright Marsha Estell

    The first step in our series of classes geared at teaching students the main tools of theatrical storytelling: Essentials 1, 2, and 3. Each course builds on the last, giving playwrights a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their writing technique.   

    In the first of the series, Essentials 1: The Core, students learn the core principles of dramatic writing, such as the major dramatic question, conflict, and rising action. Using these tools as a guide, students write and respond to each other’s work. By mastering dramatic structure, students learn to tell stories that are specifically geared for the stage—stories that keep audience members on the edge of their seats. On the last day of class, actors read students’ work. This class is for beginners and playwrights of all levels who are seeking a foundation for their craft. 

    Note: Either Essentials 1 or Essentials Weekend Bootcamp must be taken as prerequisites for the other Essentials courses—Essentials 2: Strengthen and Essentials 3: The Journey. 


    Sessions/Weekday 6 Saturdays
    Start/End Date   March 31 - May 19 (6 sessions) 
    Time Slot 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Notes Does not meet 4/7 or 4/21

    About the Essentials Track

    The Essentials track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for their dramatic writing efforts. It consists of three courses:

    • Essentials 1 - The Core
    • Essentials 2 - Strengthening the Core
    • Essentials 3 - The Journey

    Each course is designed to build on its predecessor, thereby providing participants with a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their dramatic writing technique.

    Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

    • 03 Apr 2018
    • 22 May 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 8
    Register

    The Writers Group is a eight session weekly writers group for early career playwrights and screenwriters in who have studied dramatic writing extensively, have a portfolio, and are looking for structure, community, and accountability.

    Up to 8 writers will present anywhere from 30 pages to a full length piece at least twice during the 8 week session, providing feedback for their cohort, and honing their projects. An industry professional (director, literary manager, or dramaturg) will be present for the last 4 sessions to hear the writers' work and offer feedback.

    There is no teacher for this group, and participants are expected to work out a schedule. Staff support is available for this if it's necessary. Hard copies of the script pages for workshop – with enough notice – are included in the fee for the group.

    Sessions/Weekday 8 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date April 3 - May 22
    Time Slot 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Notes Writers will be contacted in advance to arrange who will bring pages to the first session.
    • 03 Apr 2018
    • 08 May 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Library
    • 10
    Register
    Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core                                                    
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Marsha Estell


    Prerequisite: Essentials 1: The Core, Essentials Bootcamp, or permission of instructor.

    The second in our three-class Essentials series, Essentials 2 is about the process rather than the product. You will write a short play every week in order to unleash your creativity and incorporate the core principles taught in Essentials 1 into your writing muscle memory. You will also refine your ability to give and receive notes with your fellow playwrights in a way that helps all of you reach the next level in your development as writers.

    This class will culminate in a public staged reading of students’ short plays, with professional actors and directors, in Chicago Dramatists’ theater on TBD (shared production costs included in class price). Students should be prepared to set aside two days for rehearsal. 

    For the first day of class, bring in a new 4-page scene with a full arc. This scene must have at least one onstage manifestation of choice that is negotiated over throughout the scene. Make sure you think about the core principles when writing this scene.

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Tuesdays, plus a final presentation with 2 hours of rehearsal the previous weekend
    Start/End Date April 3 - May 8. Dates of rehearsal and final presentation TBD
    Time Slots 6:30pm - 9:30pm


    Notes:

    About the Essentials Track

    The Essentials track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for their dramatic writing efforts. It consists of three courses:

    • Essentials 1 - The Core
    • Essentials 2 - Strengthening the Core
    • Essentials 3 - The Journey

    Each course is designed to build on its predecessor, thereby providing participants with a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their dramatic writing technique.

    Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

    • 04 Apr 2018
    • 23 May 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    The Writers Group is a eight session weekly writers group for early career playwrights and screenwriters in who have studied dramatic writing extensively, have a portfolio, and are looking for structure, community, and accountability.

    Up to 8 writers will present anywhere from 30 pages to a full length piece at least twice during the 8 week session, providing feedback for their cohort, and honing their projects. An industry professional (director, literary manager, or dramaturg) will be present for the last 4 sessions to hear the writers' work and offer feedback.

    There is no teacher for this group, and participants are expected to work out a schedule. Staff support is available for this if it's necessary. Hard copies of the script pages for workshop – with enough notice – are included in the fee for the group.

    Sessions/Weekday 8 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date April 4 - May 23
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Writers will be contacted in advance to arrange who will bring pages to the first session.
    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 03 May 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists Online Platform
    • 7
    Register
    Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core  - ONLINE                                                                   

    Instructor: Interim Artistic Director Dana Lynn Formby

    Prerequisite: Essentials 1: The Core, Essentials Bootcamp, or permission of instructor.

    The second in our three-class Essentials series, Essentials 2 is about the process rather than the product. You will write a short play every week in order to unleash your creativity and incorporate the core principles taught in Essentials 1 into your writing muscle memory. You will also refine your ability to give and receive notes with your fellow playwrights in a way that helps all of you reach the next level in your development as writers.

    For the first day of class, bring in a new 4-page scene with a full arc. This scene must have at least one onstage manifestation of choice that is negotiated over throughout the scene. Make sure you think about the core principles when writing this scene.


    Where: On-line using Zoom or Google Hangouts. You will receive instructions on how to access the meeting site prior to class. You must have a solid internet connection along with a computer with working speakers so you can hear and a microphone so that the class and instructor can hear you.  A working camera is a bonus, but not 100% necessary. Pdfs will be shared via email or GoogleDocs prior to class, and some scenes will be read during class. You are expected to access class from a quiet place with limited interruptions and distractions. The instructor will contact you in the week before the class to do a "tech check" and make sure everyone can connect.

    Sessions/Weekday 5 Thursdays
    Start/End Date April 5 - May 3
    Time Slots 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


    Notes:

    About the Essentials Track

    The Essentials track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for their dramatic writing efforts. It consists of three courses:

    • Essentials 1 - The Core
    • Essentials 2 - Strengthening the Core
    • Essentials 3 - The Journey

    Each course is designed to build on its predecessor, thereby providing participants with a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their dramatic writing technique.

    Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

    • 07 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No reading today! See you next week!

    • 10 Apr 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    TBD by Pat Kelly

    Moderator: Robert Tenges



    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 11 Apr 2018
    • 23 May 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Library
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Developing a Play-in-Progress

    Instructor: Douglas Post—Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble

    This is a workshop for writers who want to develop a script on which they have already begun work. This may include anything from a full-length play to a one-act play to a series of short plays.  The class will explore the skills and qualities of effective dramatic writing by reading and discussing participants' scripts in a supportive and challenging environment, with the goal being to ready their plays for production.  We will pay particular attention to how your play will be received by producers, directors and literary managers.  We will also pay attention to how it will be received by designers and, most importantly, actors.

    NOTE: Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from their play to the first session.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date April 11 - May 23
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from their play to the first session.
    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 14 Jun 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 7
    Register

    "Scene Shop" Play Development - Thursday Afternoons
    Instructor:
    Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    General Price $350

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS FEBRUARY 25!

    Now in its eleventh year at Chicago Dramatists and run by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion  and The Architecture of Story, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one.  Plays developed in the workshop have received numerous readings, productions, and awards locally and around the country, Each weekly session offers a guided script development exercise and the opportunity to hear scene work from home read by professional actors and discussed by the group in a supportive setting. As a result, you don't have to wait until you complete a whole draft of a play to hear your characters off the page and get input from other writers. If you are unable to attend any session, you can always make it up in the other section that week. Selected scenes from the fall and winter Scene Shops will be presented in a staged reading showcase in our theatre in fall 2018.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
    Start/End Date April 12th - June 14th
    Time Slot 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    Notes Does not meet May 3rd, 24th, or 31st 


    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 14 Jun 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 7
    Register

    "Scene Shop" Play Development - Thursday Evenings
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    General Price $350

    OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP BEGINS FEBRUARY 25!

    Now in its eleventh year at Chicago Dramatists and run by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion  and The Architecture of Story, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one.  Plays developed in the workshop have received numerous readings, productions, and awards locally and around the country, Each weekly session offers a guided script development exercise and the opportunity to hear scene work from home read by professional actors and discussed by the group in a supportive setting. As a result, you don't have to wait until you complete a whole draft of a play to hear your characters off the page and get input from other writers. If you are unable to attend any session, you can always make it up in the other section that week. Selected scenes from the fall and winter Scene Shops will be presented in a staged reading showcase in our theatre in fall 2018.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
    Start/End Date April 12th - June 14th
    Time Slot 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    Notes Does not meet May 3rd, 24th, or 31st 


    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 5
    Register
    "Scene Shop" Play Development - Saturday Mornings

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    General Price $350

    OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP BEGINS FEBRUARY 25!

    Now in its eleventh year at Chicago Dramatists and run by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and The Architecture of Story, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one. Plays developed in the workshop have received numerous readings, productions, and awards locally and around the country. 

    Each weekly session offers a guided script development exercise and the opportunity to hear scene work from home read by professional actors and discussed by the group in a supportive setting. As a result, you don't have to wait until you complete a whole draft of a play to hear your characters off the page and get input from other writers. If you are unable to attend any session, you can always make it up in the other section that week. Selected scenes from the fall and winter Scene Shops will be presented in a staged reading showcase in our theatre in fall 2018.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
    Start/End Date  April 14th - June 16th
    Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Notes Does not meet on May 5th, 26th, or June 2nd


    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    TBA

    By Emma Stanton


    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 2018
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists Online Platform
    • 3
    Registration is closed

    Screenwriting 1.0 - ONLINE
    Instructor:
    Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke
    Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents

    Have a story idea you think would make a great Hollywood movie? Or a script you have already begun to write?

    This class offers a boot camp into the realities of how Hollywood thinks about screenplays (although this is not a marketing class). Participants will deep dive into some “Ways In,” to bring their ideas to life, such as unearthing that great hook that will cause a producer to shout, “That’s a movie!”

    There is a particular emphasis on the nature of story, and the class will analyze and map out the classic story structure of a screenplay that went on to be made into an Oscar-winning movie.

    There will be ample time allotted to discuss participants’ ideas, scenes, and stories. This class is applicable to any movie genre.

    Where: On-line using Zoom or Google Hangouts. You will receive instructions on how to access the meeting site prior to class. You must have a solid internet connection along with a computer with working speakers so you can hear and a microphone so that the class and instructor can hear you.  A working camera is a bonus, but not 100% necessary. Pdfs will be shared via email or GoogleDocs prior to class, and some scenes will be read during class. You are expected to access class from a quiet place with limited interruptions and distractions. The instructor will contact you in the week before the class to do a "tech check" and make sure everyone can connect.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Sundays
    Dates 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/20, 5/27, and 6/10
    Time Slot 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
    Notes

     

    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists Online Platform
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    Screenwriting 1.0 - Online Edition
    Instructor:
    Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke
    Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents

    Have a story idea you think would make a great Hollywood movie? Or a script you have already begun to write?

    This class offers a boot camp into the realities of how Hollywood thinks about screenplays (although this is not a marketing class). Participants will deep dive into some “Ways In,” to bring their ideas to life, such as unearthing that great hook that will cause a producer to shout, “That’s a movie!”

    There is a particular emphasis on the nature of story, and the class will analyze and map out the classic story structure of a screenplay that went on to be made into an Oscar-winning movie.

    There will be ample time allotted to discuss participants’ ideas, scenes, and stories. This class is applicable to any movie genre.

    Where: On-line using Zoom or Google Hangouts. You will receive instructions on how to access the meeting site prior to class. You must have a solid internet connection along with a computer with working speakers so you can hear and a microphone so that the class and instructor can hear you.  A working camera is a bonus, but not 100% necessary. Pdfs will be shared via email or GoogleDocs prior to class, and some scenes will be read during class. You are expected to access class from a quiet place with limited interruptions and distractions. The instructor will contact you in the week before the class to do a "tech check" and make sure everyone can connect.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Sundays
    Dates 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/20, 5/27, 6/10
    Time Slot 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
    Notes Does not meet 5/13 or 6/3

     

    • 17 Apr 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    Lighthouse Beach by Neill Shanahan

    Moderator: Interim Artistic Director, Dana Lynn Formby


    Kristine, one of the nation’s earliest female neurosurgeons, is a prodigy and a pioneer, embattled as she seeks to navigate through the male dominated field. Her career requires ferocious dedication .She’s also a single parent with a daughter who’s equally intense about her musical career.

    Their relationship is troubled as Claire grows up and as each pursues their exalted career objectives. The cost of their dedication is measured in their estrangement and countless missed opportunities to connect. Finally, a crisis occurs which brings each to their emotional edge and the desperate fear of permanent loss.

    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Character Intensive Workshop
    with Resident Playwright Emma Stanton 

    What are your character's most ambitious dreams and darkest impulses? This one day workshop welcomes playwrights and theater artists who seek to learn more about a character in all stages of its development in an environment with play and curiosity at its center. Utilizing a diverse range of exercise (from Charles Mee, Lynn Nottage, and Maria Irene Fornes), participants will explore the voice and point of view of the character, how the character behaves in space and in relation to others, and lastly, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and revise their work with professional actors for a final presentation at the end of the second day. Participants of this workshop will not only walk away with new material and a broader perspective of their characters, but they will carry with them tools that will help them approach their work with a sense of curiosity, rigor, and innovation.

    Emma Stanton is a Chicago and New York playwright. Her work has been developed and produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Walkabout Theater, Red Tape Theatre, Oracle Theatre, Luna Stage, Dixon Place, New Dramatists, the 2016 ATHE Conference, and the 2017 Great Plains Theater Conference, where she was a MainStage Playwright.

    Awards/Honors: Civics and Arts Foundation Playwriting Award for Emerging Artists in Chicago (Recipient), 2016 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Finalist), 2017 National Playwrights Conference (Finalist), 2016 Susan Glaspell Award (Finalist), Columbia University/Roundabout Theater Underground Reading Series (Recipient), 2016 Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Award (Recipient), and the 2016 Princess Grace Award Playwriting Fellowship (Recipient). Emma spent the 2016-2017 season developing her work at New Dramatists in NYC (Princess Grace Fellowship) and at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago (2016-2017 Playwrights Unit). Emma is a current Semi-Finalist for the 2018 National Playwrights Conference and developing her work with Portland Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre's Space Jam series, and with Chicago Dramatists. Emma is a Resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists. MFA: Columbia University; emma-stanton.squarespace.com

    Sessions/Weekday 1 Saturday/Sunday
    Start/End Date April 21 - April 22
    Time Slot 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Saturday 
    10:00 AM-1:00 PM Sunday
    Notes

     

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    Rummage

    By Resident Playwright, Steve Peterson

    directed by Kevin Fox


    It's not easy being an Episcopal priest fresh out of seminary. The congregation of Sarah's new church is older than the hills. They're dying off fast. At her first baptism, she drops the baby on the floor. Then comes the day Sarah realizes she does love her flock. Who pastors the pastor then?


    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!

    • 24 Apr 2018
    • 29 May 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Solo Show & Storytelling Workshop: From Page to Stage

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski

    Prerequisite: Any Arlene Malinowski solo class or permission of the instructor.

    This is an ADVANCED-level class designed for actors, storytellers, solo artists, and playwrights who have material written and are ready to take it to the next level. This hands-on workshop will focus on finding your voice, the voice of your story, and refining your performing skills.  A completed play is not necessary; an excerpt or story is welcome.  

    Four  Tuesday classes will be devoted to the writing process and script. One Tuesday class will develop performance skills for the stage.  After the class work is complete, you will be assigned a director for two 90-minute rehearsals to prepare for the public staged reading in Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series on December 9th. You can perform your piece or request that an actor be hired.

    This class offers supportive feedback, structure, and cheerleading. It is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will have big fun!

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Tuesdays plus rehearsal for the final performance
    Start/End Date April 24 - May 29, rehearsal & final performance TBD
    Time Slot 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Notes There will also be a rehearsal the week before the performance.
    P
    rerequisite: Any Arlene Malinowski solo class or permission of the instructor.

    About the Solo Show Track
    The Solo Show track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for writing and performing solo shows and long-form narratives.

    • 24 Apr 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    TBD by Rolfe Sick

    Moderator: TBD



    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Library
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Writing the Political or Social Play
    Instructor: 
    Douglas Post—Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble

    This class is specifically designed for writers seeking to sharpen their skills in writing political and social theatre.  We are living through a challenging period and the arts can play a big role in raising issues and rousing communities to take action.  We will start each session by studying scenes by produced playwrights that have spoken to the tenor of their times.  We will then turn our attention to the work of the participants in the room, whether that is a short play, a series of short plays or a full-length work.  At the end of the class, writers will have a better sense of how to write provocative theatre that is powerful and producible.

    Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from their play to their first session.

      
    Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
    Start/End Date April 28 - June 23
    Time Slot 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Notes Please bring 11 copies of a 10-page play-in-progress to the first session.
    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    A Soldier's Tale

    By Nancy Schaefer, a Writer's Studio Member

    directed by Brad DeFabo Akin


    After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, an American Marine longs to be part of something bigger than himself when he returns home. Will he find that his dream costs more than America is willing to pay?


    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!

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    Register

    Mah Jongg Swingers Club

    By Resident Playwright, Scott Woldman



    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!

    • 01 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre
    A Night of Ten-Minute Plays

    Moderator: TBD


    This evening we will hear short plays by First Draft Members!

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.



    • 02 May 2018
    • 06 Jun 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Rehearsal Room A
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Acting for Writers
    Instructor:  Resident Playwright Alum John Green

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live inside of a character, speaking the writer’s words? Acting For Writers is an introductory level acting course exploring the basic language and techniques of acting - character, given circumstances, motivation and intent - as they apply to writing a play. Through theatre games, exercises and simple scripts, Resident Playwright/Actor John Green will introduce you to what an actor needs in order to bring a script to life and how to enrich writing for the stage. 

    The course is designed for absolute beginners and experienced actors who want to review the basics as they apply them to writing. 

    John Green taught all levels of acting for twenty years at Act One Studios. He developed Acting for Writers at Chicago Dramatists and has since taught it at as an adjunct at Northwestern University and various work shops here and in Colorado. John's plays have been produced across the US and abroad.

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date  May 2 - June 6
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes
    • 05 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    University 10-Minute Workshop


    Stay tuned for more information.


    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!

    • 08 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    TBD by Barbara McDonald

    Moderator: TBD



    About the First Draft Series

    The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    • 12 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Game Day

    By Kevin Christopher Fox and Erica Elam



    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!

    • 13 May 2018
    • 22 Jul 2018
    • 10 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists