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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.

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

    Holiday WEEKEND!

    No reading today.   Have a happy and safe holiday.  See you next week!

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

    Life in a Sandcastle
    By Resident Playwright Alumnus Jayme McGhan 

    Directed by TBA

    Featuring: TBA cast

    Summary 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!

    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Solo Show: From Page to Stage
    Writers include Marilyn Campbell-Lowe, Maya Epstein, Ada Cheng, Maureen Muldoon, Ryan Oliveira, Anne Purky and Sheri Winkelmann

    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.

    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 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Above the Ceiling

    by Erin Austin (RAC Writers' Group)

    Directed by Jen Poulin, Broken Nose Theatre 

    Featuring: TBA

    Dottie is just another bored housewife before a young man with a sewing-machine crawls through her window. Sex, spanking, and sewing permeate the Milwaukee mansion to propel Dottie and her young lover through their own version of the Roaring ‘20s. Based on a true story, Above the Ceiling explores the consequences of a woman with nothing to call her own, moving a secret lover out of her husband’s factory and into his attic.

    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!

    • 23 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists

    Holiday WEEKEND!

    No reading today.   Have a happy and safe holiday.  See you next week!

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

    Holiday WEEKEND!

    No reading today.   Have a happy and safe holiday.  See you next week!

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

    Holiday WEEKEND!

    No reading today.   Have a happy and safe holiday.  See you next week!

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