First Draft

First Draft, Chicago Dramatists bi-Monthly meetings of Network Members, stands as a core essential of the Network Playwright Program. Members meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month, where they read and critique one another’s work in a safe, peer-setting, guided by a theater professional. Each session, a new full-length play from a member is read for an invited audience. Readings are free and open to the public, and seating is first come, first served. Donations are welcome.

Due to COVID-19, we have moved all events to Zoom, an online platform.  If you are interested in attending, you may email First Draft Coordinator, Matt Tassell, at, to be put on the list. If you are interested in joining the Network Playwright Program, contact Network Director Ean Miles Kessler at

Our next First Draft will be Monday, November 23. Featured will Serenity’s Shore by Network Writer Andy Mayo.

Andy Mayo

About The Play…

Serenity’s Shore:
As directed by a Dispossessed Person, Randall is forced to confront the world he created which turned his mansion into a seaside ruin and his own past machinations which twisted his family’s relationships to ruin. It’s one long nightmare for Randall who finds himself trapped in the ruin of his beach-side mansion, Serenity.

7:00 PM, Monday, November 23, 2020