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Theatre Manager of the Chicago Dramatists

Metamorphic by Dolores Diaz

When Greg Samsa goes missing, he sets off a series of disappearances that reveal the underbelly of American life.

Join us Friday May 06 at 7:00pm for a reading of Resident Playwright Dolores Diaz’s new play Metamorphic. This reading is being performed LIVE at the Russ Tutterow Theatre Company, 1105 W Chicago Ave in partnership with Chicago State University, Staged Center Theatre, and North Eastern University!

Masks and proof of vaccination are required. Registration is not, so just come join us on the night of!

Synopsis

MetaMorphic is a fantastic tragicomedy that redefines what it means to adapt in a period of American turmoil. What at first seems to be a string of disappearances of people exhausted by modern systems – including a capitalistic workplace, dysfunctional education system, and twisted social media – is later revealed to be a transformation into another form of life and way of community living. MetaMorphic asks what survival and evolution looks like in a world where modern systems are destroying a natural world. It asks who will endure and how can we start anew? In contrast to Kafka’s tale, MetaMorphic posits it is those who struggle most that have the answers and tools needed to carry on.

Bio

Dolores Díaz is a Chicago-based Chicana playwright originally from the border city of Laredo, Texas. Her plays investigate the gray areas that defy definition, the contradictions within the individual and group, and the hybrid places where the notion of “natural” is investigated, challenged, and revealed. She uses boundaries as a vantage point to observe different points of view and as a means to interrogate current affairs.

Díaz is currently in residence with TimeLine Theatre and teaching playwriting at Columbia College. In the spring, she will begin an artistic residency with Northeastern University and teach graduate students at Texas Tech.

Most recently, Goodman Theatre – in partnership with Chicago Park District, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Latino Theater Alliance, and the National Museum of Mexican Art – produced her play, Zulema, which toured the Chicago Parks District with a finale in Millennium Park.

Prior to this, Dolores developed work with Broken Nose Theatre, taught students via the National High School Institute at Northwestern University, and served as a guest artist with Mosaic Theater in Washington, DC. Her play, MetaMorphic, commissioned by Shattered Globe Theatre and workshopped with WildWind Lab at Texas Tech, was a semi-finalist for the 2021 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. The Curse of Giles Corey was a finalist for Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and a semi-finalist for the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Los Tequileros received a reading from 16th Street Theater in October 2019.

Spring 48Hr. Festival

But soft, what light through yonder Twitch Stream breaks?

Our 48Hr. Festival is returning Saturday April 23rd at 2:00pm CT!

This festival brings together a group of playwrights, actors, and directors to create new ten minute plays in just two days! These plays will be performed on our Twitch channel: twitch.tv/chicagodramatists

Artists and audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite play, by donating using our Txt2Give feature. The plays that receive the most total donations and most amount donated will each receive free registration in our Summer Classes.

As well, this month we have a prize for the audience member who donates the highest total amount! The highest donor will receive free tickets to our August 6th Gala –which will be live and in person for the first time in two years!

So go forth and mark thine calendar for this auspicious occasion on everyone’s most prestigious of Holidays: Talk Like Shakespeare Day. (Please note: the actual plays will likely have little to nothing to do with Shakespeare or his contemporaries, or maybe they all will, that’s up to the artists’ discretion, join us and find out!)

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! 🍕🍰🥧

In honor of this monumental mathematical holiday, Chicago Dramatists wants to challenge you to eat pie and donate today in increments of Pi! 

Whether it’s $3.14, $31.41, $314.59, or even $3,141,529.65, the amount is totally up to you. 

For donations of $3,141.00 and up, we’ll even buy you a pie of your choice!

All donations help Chicago Dramatists continue our worthwhile and unique programming.

P.S. Don’t forget pizza pie counts, so grab a slice and donate!

Panoply of Love: A Valentine’s Day Round Table

Join us on February 12th at 2:00pm for a Roundtable discussion with some of our fabulous Resident Playwrights and instructors on the relationship of love and art. Lead by Artistic Director Carson Grace Becker and Director of Creative Development Dionna Griffin-Irons, join Resident Playwrights Derek McPhatter, Emilio Williams, Kimberly Dixon-Mays and Network Playwright Rebecca Joy Fletcher we will be taking a close look at how our art is shaped and deepened by our relationship to the Greek Loves and to one another.

The event is completely free, though we ask that you donate by texting “Give” to (872) 201-1077 to help support our Scholarship Programs and Anti-Racism, Inequality, & Allyship Free Class Series. Your love and support is what keeps this company going and keeps events like these on the calendar!