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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.

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    No Reading Today!

    We are in technical rehearsals/previews for The Making of a Modern Folk Hero by Resident Playwright Martín Zimmerman, produced by Other Theatre, in association with Chicago Dramatists' Grafting Project.

    A special benefit performance of Martín's play is scheduled for Thursday, October 12 at 8pm. Tickets are $40 and include a light reception afterwards with members of the artistic team. All proceeds go towards Chicago Dramatists' future Grafting Projects. Join us by purchasing tickets here.

    The Grafting Project offers free theatre rental to a guest company which is producing a Resident Playwright's play. Applications for this grant open October 1.

    About the playwright: Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter whose plays include Seven Spots On The SunOn The ExhaleWhite Tie BallThe Making Of A Modern Folk Hero,The Solid Sand Below, and Let Me Count The Ways, and have been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, LCT3, and New York Theatre Workshop (among others) with upcoming projects at Roundabout Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

    Martín is an Executive Story Editor on Netflix’s Ozark, was a Staff Writer on Netflix’s Narcos, has been the Alliance for Latino Theater Artists (ALTA) Artist of the Month,  was a member of the 2011-2012 Playwrights’ Unit at Goodman Theatre, is a Playwright in Residence at Teatro Vista, and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

    MFA in Playwriting: The University of Texas at Austin. BA in Theater Studies, BS in Economics: Duke University.

    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Don't Trust Tess!

    by J. Joseph Cox (RAC Writers' Group)

    Directed by TBA

    Featuring: TBA

    Tess’s children think their future is doomed because of her undiagnosed dementia. Turns out they’re doomed for other reasons. Don’t Trust Tess! is an adventure in unreliable narration—one where past, present, and fiction swirl together. Just remember: witches are as real as the American dream. 

    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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