Chicago Dramatists

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POSTPONED: Chicago Dramatists 10 Minute Play Festival

Due to technical difficulties, we have had to postpone the Network Playwright 10 Minute Play Festival until next Saturday. We are so deeply sorry for this inconveninence, and we thank the artists and audience for their understanding and patience.

The Festival will now be on Saturday, June 19 at 2pm CT. The event is free, open to the public, and will be streamed via our Twitch page. Following the festival, we will hold a talk back with the creative teams. We’re tremendously proud to be presenting this body of work, and hope you’ll take a look below to learn more about the incredible plays being presented next weekend.

About The Plays

The Enchantress of Number, by Leah Roth Barsanti, Directed by Claire Bauman

Featuring: Shirin Caiola, Grace Miyoko Matayoshi, Jackie Vetter, Ty Perry,* & Sara BenBella

In life and in legacy, Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer and daughter of Lord Byron, strives to get the credit she deserves and not be overshadowed.

Pleasure to Serve by Scott Carter Cooper, Directed by Dana M. Pellebon

Featuring: Matty Robinson,** Leodis Smith, Dakota J. Pariset, Ty Perry,* & Llovizna Miranda

Three servers discuss career opportunities and their customers during a busy breakfast shift.

Water on Mars by Nina Dellaria, Directed by Jordan Ratliff

Featuring: Leodis Smith, Matty Robinson,** Llovizna Miranda, & Sara BenBella

Dale, his sister Robin, and their cousin Pat have gathered for game night on the day Nasa declared an end to the fifteen year Opportunity Mars mission. Surrounded by video games and fast food detritus, they grapple with their connections to each other and their place on Earth.

The Interview by Elizabeth DeSchryver, Directed by Dana M. Pellebon

Featuring: Shirin Caiola, Meg Elliott, & Sara BenBella

A woman interviews a ghost as a potential live-in companion, but the ghost in turn interviews her, uncovering more painful motivations.

9066 by Devon Hayakawa, Directed by Claire Bauman

Featuring: Grace Miyoko Matayoshi, Jackie Vetter, & Llovizna Miranda

Dorothy Brooks wasn’t expecting any guests. She certainly wasn’t expecting a nine-year-old Japanese girl with a suitcase to be standing just outside her front Door. An exploration of what happened after Executive Order 9066 was suspended.

It’s About Issues by Hope Hommersand, Directed by Jordan Ratliff

Featuring: Ty Perry,* Meg Elliott, Dakota J. Pariset, & Sara BenBella

A transplanted California guy begins to understand the Chicago psyche when it comes to snow accumulation (like our last one) and the Cubs.


*Denotes a member of Actors Equity

**Denotes a member of SAG


Chicago Dramatists: COVID-19 Response

Due to circumstances regarding COVID-19, Chicago Dramatists at 1105 West Chicago Ave is currently closed, until further notice. For the time being, all classes and events will be held online. Additionally, we will not be having classes at The Literacenter until further notice. The Literacenter is actively keeping Chicago Dramatists appraised of the situation, as the quarantine continues. As soon as we are able, we will be back in the classroom.

As our phone line connects directly to the theater, please do not call during this time. Any questions and concerns should be sent to the staff via email. Click here to access a full list of contact information for the staff.


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Chicago Dramatists
1105 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
We are not currently accepting phone calls.

All classes and events will be held virtually until further notice.

All staff members are currently working from home, so for inquires please contact us via email.