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Chicago Dramatists nurtures playwrights of all levels with the space, resources, and collaborators needed to realize new work and thrive as artists. 

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Chicago Dramatists is the only comprehensive playwright development center of its kind in Chicago.  We focus on playwrights, giving them an artistic home no matter where they are in their development. This support has helped our playwrights win numerous Jeff nominations and awards for Best New Work in Chicago as well as countless other regional and national awards for playwriting.  Our playwrights regularly see their plays produced in Chicago, on Broadway and at regional theaters throughout the country. Our playwrights are also shaping writers' rooms in LA, sending our Chicago stories to living rooms across the world. 

For nearly 40 years, Chicago Dramatists has supported playwrights at all levels of development - from apprentices to the craft to masters. 

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Our courses are unparalleled. Students and participants work directly with award-winning playwrights, screenwriters, and artists including actors and directors, regularly meet industry professionals, receive showcase opportunities and have ongoing, long-term relationships with instructors and artistic staff. 

Plus Writers' Resources provides writers' groups, script reviews, scholarship, fellowship and more!


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Join us July 28th for Mah Jongg Swingers Club

by Scott WoldmanResident Playwright


Most people believe the Paradise Gold Retirement Community is a tranquil, idyllic place for Jewish couples to live out their Golden Years. However, most people would be wrong as by day the women of Paradise Gold are dedicated to destroying anyone not part of the "in-group," while by night some of the women have launched a secret swingers community. It’s who’s in and who’s out in this post-retirement quest for social dominance and sexual fulfillment. 

Based upon the awkward, uncomfortable and unwanted stories forced upon the playwright by his mother and her friends.

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