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 to be put on the list. Email him at:

Our next First Draft will be Monday, July 13. Featured will be Hotbed by Network Writer Connie Kuntz.

Connie Kuntz

About The Play…

Jane Byrne guides the audience through a time traveling expedition that explores the life of Catherine O’Leary and her cow before and after The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

7:00 PM, Monday, July 13, 2020