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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.

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists


    New Resident Showcase

    Directed by Molly Lyons, Sonny Das, and Rinska Carrasco

    Featuring work by our new Resident Playwrights at Chicago Dramatists:


    THE GUEST by Zina Camblin

    SECOND SKIN by Kristin Idaszak

    MESSINA by Jenni Lamb

    BLUE BULLETS by Alvaro Saar Rios

    JITTERBUG by Emma Stanton

    UNTITLED by Jason Wells


    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!

    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Faith in a Fallen World

    Resident Playwright, Georgette Kelly

    directed by Jen Poulin


    Bethany is the only daughter of a charismatic creationist preacher. She returns home from her first year in a liberal arts college as her father preps for a televised debate with a famed evolution scientist. The morning before the debate, Bethany’s atheist boyfriend shows up and they must juggle two worlds and a big secret. Meanwhile, Bethany discovers a six-year-old girl who has been living in the museum and who promises to deliver a miracle.


    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!

    • 10 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    A Soldier's Tale

    By Nancy Schaefer, a Writer's Studio Member

    directed by Brad Akin


    After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, an American Marine longs to be part of something bigger than himself when he returns home. Will Don 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!

    • 17 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Panel: Negotiating Your Own Contract


    It’s very common for playwrights to get productions or workshop productions before they have representation with an agent.

    Literary Agent Samara Harris (Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency), Executive Director of Steppenwolf Theatre David Schmitz, and Regional Dramatists Guild Representative Cheryl Coons will discuss the pitfalls of negotiating contracts, and address the frequent mistakes that playwrights make when trying to do this on their own.

    Playwrights will leave with a better sense of how to advocate for themselves.


    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 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Messina

    By Jenni Lamb


    Just as Odysseus was forced to choose between the Scylla and Charybdis, first-time mother Lauren must navigate the world of work and motherhood while trying not to lose herself on the journey.


    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!

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    (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!

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

    Geriatric Hit Man

    By 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!

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

    Rag Doll in a Mad Dog's Mouth

    By Will Dunne


    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 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    New Tutterow Fellow Showcase


    Featuring work by Chicago Dramatists' new Tutterow Fellows.


    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!

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

    No reading today! See you next week!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

    • 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!

    • 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!

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

    Ashes to Ashes

    By Debbie Dodge

    Directed by Ann Filmer



    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!

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

    The Fixer

    By Sue Pak




    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!

    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Page to Stage Student Presentation

    More information to come!


    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!

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