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.

Audience members must be logged in to the zoom meeting by 7:10pm CST. We will not be admitting people into First Draft after that time.

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, Maria Pretzl, at, to be put on the list. If you are interested in joining the Network Playwright Program, contact Network Director Ean Miles Kessler at

Tonight’s First Draft has been postponed until Monday, May 17.

See below for details on our next reading!

Our next First Draft will be Monday, May 17! Featured will Weird Science by Network Writer Cameron Speta

Cameron Speta

About The Play…

Weird Science
Science reporter Josephine Stewart and her radio team become entangled in a major government conspiracy when they discover evidence of alien life in the Nevada desert. They must race against the FBI to find solid proof they can bring to the public and prove the existence of aliens before it gets covered up again.

7:00 PM CST, Monday, May 17, 2021