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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.

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

    Solo Show: From Page to Stage
    By Caroline Macon (Tutterow Fellow), Doug Widowski, Theo Allyn, Ada Cheng, Elizabeth Gerard, and Michele Williams 

    Directed by Maeli Goren, Erin Kraft, and Steven Wilson 

    An afternoon of work-in-progress solo performances developed in Arlene Malinowski’s “From Page to Stage” class, part of the Writer’s Studio at Chicago Dramatists. Over the course, the writers develop their text, are advised by an acting coach, and work with a director to shape and sharpen their piece. This Saturday Series is a presentation of their work! (Note: Craig Spidle will perform Doug Widowski’s piece; Maria Vorhis will perform Caroline Macon’s piece.)  

    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 Aug 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Freaks of Mercy
    by Joel Drake Johnson (Resident Playwright Emeritus)

    Directed by Jerrell L. Henderson 

    Featuring Mary Ann Thebus*, Ana Maria Alvarez, Gabrielle Lott-Rogers, Matthew James Elam, and Paul Fagen.

    A talented high school teacher of Advanced Literature gets a serious showdown from a black student who was deemed not eligible to be in his class--particularly when it comes to analyzing "Huckleberry Finn".

    *Member of Actor's Equity Association

    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 Aug 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    The Irregulars
    by Reginald Edmund (Resident Playwright)

    Directed by TBA 

    A bunch of pickpockets, thieves, and filthy street urchins, everyone of them. When the great Sherlock Holmes is framed and arrested for the disappearance of the British Empire's most brilliant minds, to prove his innocence he calls upon a group of young heroes that are quite irregular. 


    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 Aug 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    It's You
    by Jack O'Donnell (Writer's Studio)

    Directed by TBA 

    A Gated Community in a large American city: Two lifelong Liberals meet again; she, a successful business woman, house hunting; he, a musician, down on his luck and working as a security guard. An ambitious Resident Manager, a geriatric case and his less-than-geriatric wife with her eye on the musician round out the day. Complaint, recrimination, confession, guilt, stereotyping, betrayal, justification, disappointment and more ensue, as progressive principles bump up against the day-to-day.


    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!

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

    LABOR DAY WEEKEND

    No reading today.   Have a happy and safe weekend.  

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

    Launch Day
    by Michael Higgins (Writer's Studio)

    Directed by TBA 

    Weary of our corrupt and dying planet, a brilliant young engineer is blasting off today on a mission to colonize another world. Her ex-boyfriend believes the Earth – and their relationship – can be saved. But first he must convince her to stay – and hope his new robotic arm doesn’t ruin everything. Six couples wrestle with the future of love in Launch Day, a comedy about where we’re headed.


    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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