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.


Our next First Draft will be Monday, Feb. 24. Featured will be Doug Van Hooser’s play Betsy’s Luncheonette.

Doug Van Hooser

About The Play…

Denise, a big city girl, goes to visit her grandmother, the proprietor of the local luncheonette in a small, rural midwestern town, whom she has not seen since she was twelve. It’s a culture shock to both. Denise falls for her cousin, learns things about her mother she doesn’t know and meets Frank, the town’s homeless war veteran. Will Denise and her grandmother survive the visit?

7:00 PM, Monday, February 24, 2020

1105 W. Chicago Avenue