Playwrights Aloud!

Playwrights Aloud is a new reading Series at Chicago Dramatists of short scripts written by emerging playwrights. Playwrights Aloud will take place on the first and third Sunday of every month and will provide music stand readings of five new 10min Plays by emerging playwrights.

Each night, actors will have the opportunity to come in and audition at 6:00pm. The shows will be cast that night, rehearsed that night, and performed that night at 8:00pm followed by a brief talk-back.

Playwrights Aloud will be taking a brief hiatus until January 2020. There will be two “Playwrights Aloud Presents…” events in December of 2019 for members of the community that have been involved in Playwrights Aloud these past few months.


Our first Playwrights Aloud for 2020 will be taking place on January 19th and submissions will be due 11:59pm on January 10th. The 19th will also be our first themed Playwrights Aloud, so keep an eye out for when the theme is announced and submissions are open!

Actors & Audience

For actors interested in being a part of the reading: Participants need to arrive at 6:00pm, at which point they will read sides from each of the plays, and then be cast accordingly. After 50 minutes of rehearsal, the reading will begin at 8:00pm!

Playwrights Aloud Presents…

An Evening With Mark Larson, Author of Ensemble: An Oral History Of Chicago Theater

Featuring Playwrights and Artists: Ike Holter, Laura T. Fisher, Mickle Maher, and Carson Grace Becker

Chicago Dramatists and Playwrights Aloud are thrilled to present an evening with Mark Larson, author of Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater on Tuesday, December 17th at 7pm.  Mark will be interviewing three of the playwrights and artists featured in his book: Laura T. Fisher (Actor and Co-Founder of Not In Our House), Ike Holter (Resident Playwright at Victory Gardens Theater), and Mickle Maher (Playwright and Co-Founder of Theater Oobleck), as well as Chicago Dramatists Artistic Director Carson Grace Becker.

Be sure to catch this intimate conversation with some of the most prolific and highly regarded playwrights and artists working in Chicago today. Larson will lead an in-depth chat, as these four artists discuss how they got their start, what they do to keep going, and what sustains their artistic practice.

Mark Larson is the author of Ensemble: An Oral History Of Chicago Theatre. This book is an in-depth, first-of-its-kind history of Chicago’s internationally celebrated theater scene, spanning 65 years and told through first-person accounts from some of the people who made it happen. Mark will be selling signed copies of the book for those interested.

Registration is required for this event, and your registration must be made no later than 11:59pm December 15th. To register, click the button below!

Chicago Dramatists is also requesting donations for this event which can be made with your registration. Our suggested donation is $7 (more if you have it, less if you don’t). Registration and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

“During the time I was interviewing hundreds of Chicago theater makers for my book, the names Russ Tutterow and Chicago Dramatists came up again and again. For the past 40 years, this organization has been steadily fostering new works and new voices. I’ve been impressed by the loyalty it inspires from such writers as Brett Neveu, Sandra Delgado, and Lydia Diamond. Rebecca Gilman told me that when she first moved to Chicago, playwright Charles Smith told her to Chicago Dramatists and meet Russ Tutterow. ‘That,’ she said, ‘was great advice.'”
–Mark Larson