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THE GRAFTING PROJECT

The Grafting Project at Chicago Dramatists is part of our effort to promote Resident Playwrights and collaborate with peer organizations. Theatrical organizations interested in producing a play by a current Chicago Dramatists resident playwright can apply for a Grafting Project. If the organization is approved, Chicago Dramatists provides the company five weeks of free theatre rental, valued at over $5000. Applications for the 2017/2018 season will be accepted starting September 1, 2016. The submission period closes October 31, 2016. Contact Artistic Director Meghan Beals for details. 

The next two Grafting Projects are partnerships with side project theatre company and Something Marvelous.

UPCOMING:

May 2017 
JOHNNY 10 BEERS’ DAUGHTER  by Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby 

APPLY FOR A GRAFTING PROJECT

Launched in 2014, the Grafting Project is designed to partner with theatre companies to produce Resident Playwrights’ world-premiere plays. Since repositioning itself as The Center for New Play Development (and no longer a producing theatre), the Grafting Project has become even more important in supporting the Resident Playwrights. Two awards will be granted for 2017-2018 season. 

The selected companies will receive five weeks of free rental space, shared marketing efforts, and – whenever possible – additional development time of the Resident’s play in the form of readings or workshops.  Marketing includes email, website and social media promotions. The theatre space includes a light and sound package.  Rehearsal space may be rented at a discount, if available. 

Previous awardees include:

  • Pegasus Theatre Company (For Her as a Piano by Nambi E. Kelly – 2015)
  • the side project (Dead Children by Robert Tenges – runs 9/23/16 – 10/23/16)
  • Something Marvelous (Johnny Ten Beer’s Daughters by Dana Lynn Formby – May 2017)

REQUIREMENTS:

The playwright must be a current Resident with Chicago Dramatists and the play must be a world premiere. Limited to one application per company. Previous participants are not eligible for two years post-production.   

Applications must include:

  • Download application cover form here: Application PDF 
  • Production history from the last five years
  • Last season’s Profit/Loss
  • Proposed production budget for play

Please submit all files (preferably in .pdf) in one email to mbeals@chicagodramatists.org by October 31, 2016. Interviews will take place in November. Awards will be announced in December.  

The 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.

Upcoming Saturday Series events can be found here.


Past Seasons

2016-2017 Season 
BEAUTIFUL AUTISTIC by Scott Woldman
AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP by Dana Lynn Formby

2014-2015 Season 
THE MECCA TALES by Rohina Malik
A WORK OF ART by Elaine Romero

2012-2013 Season

FRESHLY FALLEN SNOW by M.E.H. Lewis
SOUTHBRIDGE by Reginald Edmund
HOMECOMING 1972  by Robert Koon

2011-2012 Season

THE KID THING by Sarah Gubbins
BLIZZARD 67 by Jon Steinhagen
I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD by Andrew Hinderaker

2010-2011 Season

THE INVASION OF SKOKIE by Steven Peterson
BORDELLO by Aline Lathrop
HICKORYDICKORY by Marisa Wegrzyn

Contact us for a full past production list.



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