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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.

    • 04 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Fay Burns!
    By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke 

    When a star struck middle-aged dreamer discovers that her long-time singing teacher has just returned from Manhattan, it can mean only one thing — he has found a producer for the Broadway musical they have created as her vehicle to stardom!  Fay has one night to rehearse Sea Side Story, and be more ready than she has been in her whole life ever.  (Good bye Kokomo, Indiana!)


    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 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Bountiful Gifts
    By Dan Noonan

    Director TBD

    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!

    • 18 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Headshots
    Janet Burroway

    Director TBD

    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!

    • 25 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    A Wolf at Every Window
    By Resident Playwright Jon Steinhagen 

    In 1837, the nation is in a financial panic and Chicago becomes a city. Several mismatched people - laborers, thieves, displaced natives, abandoned women - try to establish relationships to each other while building their futures in the muddy, crude community.

    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 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Easter SUnday WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a "Hoppy" Easter.      

    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 06 Jun 2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 10

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

    This class is specifically designed for writers seeking to hone their skills in writing 10-minute plays.

    Contests and festivals for short works are becoming increasingly popular in our theatrical culture and are also a good way for playwrights to get a foot in the door at a variety of institutions. But 10-minute plays demand economy, skill and craftsmanship. This class will focus on those elements and others needed to tell our stories in a condensed form.

    At the end of the session, writers will have acquired a better understanding of how to write a short play that is precise, playable, and has a solid sense of beginning, middle and end.

    NOTE: Participants should bring 11 copies of a 10-page play-in-progress to the first session.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Tuesdays
    Start/End Date April 18- June 6 (no class May 30)
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Please bring 11 copies of a 10-page play-in-progress to the first session.
    • 22 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    White Fragility
    by Stephen J. Spencer

    Director TBD

    Tim is a straight cis white male. And that’s the least of his problems. He’s the head of HR and has been tasked with creating a more progressive workplace. As social activist protests grow outside the corporation’s headquarters, Tim desperately tries to navigate modern identity politics without alienating or offending…everyone. WHITE FRAGILITY is a dark comedy about what is truly means to be privileged.


    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 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Tilikum
    By Resident Playwright Kristiana Rae Colón     

    On the wet crags of a marine theme park pool, a sprightly orca trainer dangles a treat for her captive killer whale. The dark shadows of his wives, calves, and grandcalves float past the back glass of the stadium pool. Above, in a cramped control booth, the park owner considers the dangerous weight of his investment. TILIKUM, inspired by the CNN documentary BLACKFISH featuring the shocking story of the eponymous whale, is a lyrical investigation of captivity, rebellion, and the savagery of enclosure.

    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 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    MEMorial DAY WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a happy and safe Memorial Day.  

    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND

    No event today.   Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.  

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