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, September 14. Featured will be Your Best Friend, and Lucky Numbers, both by Network Writer Hope Hommersand.

Hope Hommersand

About The Play…

Your Best Friend:
After learning about the death of a rich widow, an engaged couple and an estate lawyer go after a large sum of money the widow left behind. However, access to the hidden cash involves an intricate plan. The sudden death of one of the conspirators narrows the playing field down to two. A game of one-upmanship ensues to see who is in charge. The presence of an offstage Border Collie determines the outcome.

Lucky Numbers:
The play takes place in a convenience store. Stan enters and announces that he will win the lottery based on a dream where a series of numbers were revealed to him. He explains that he knows these are the winning numbers to the jackpot because he is a scholar and practitioner of numerology. Carroll, part owner of the store, says that her husband, Marke, consulted a numerologist who suggested Mark add an “e” to the end of his name if he wanted to get rich. During a discussion of Pythagoras, the founder of numerology, and the role the universe plays in everyone’s life, Carroll suggests a new number for Stan to use in his bid to win the lottery. Marke returns from an errand and an immediate dislike arises between the two men. It becomes increasingly clear that Stan may not win the lottery. However, he wins something far more valuable.

7:00 PM, Monday, August 10, 2020