Saturday Series Readings

Playwrights Aloud is taking over Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series this February with our first ever “24 Hr” Festival!

Seven PWA playwrights, seven directors, and fourteen of actors are all featured, and we cannot wait to hear and see what they come up with! This event will be streamed via the Chicago Dramatists Twitch page, this Saturday, February 13 at 2pm CST. Be sure to tune in at 1:50pm CST, and catch the show!

This showcase will be streamed via Chicago Dramatists’ Twitch page. Click the button below on the day of, to watch!

Help Support A Good Cause

Money raised from this event will go directly to help fund Chicago Dramatists’ Racism & Inequality Free Class Series. This class series is in solidarity with the folks fighting for racial equality and social change. We hope to help foster the next generation of up and coming, BIPOC writers and creators, and we thank you for your generous donations to this cause!

Vote For Your Favorite Show!

Two winners will be selected: one for most votes, and the other for most money raised! Folks will be able to vote/donate for their favorite play by texting the word “Give” to (872) 201-1077 with a donation amount. Every $5 counts as a vote, and the winners of the 24 hour play festival will have their pieces produced via Zoom and put on the Chicago Dramatists Youtube page! They’ll also be featured in The Sound & The Journey Podcast! Voting ends Sunday, Feb. 14 at midnight CST.

How To Watch

This reading is free and open to the public, and will be streamed via our Twitch Channel ( Click that link on the day of the event at 1:45pm CST.  Twitch is a free platform, and no account is necessary to view.  If you’d care to ask questions in the talkback following the reading, you’ll need to create an account in order to put questions into the chat box.

About Saturday Series

The Saturday Series, our longest-running program, lies at the heart of Chicago Dramatist’ new play development mission. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, but other events include panel discussions and fireside chats with visiting artists. 

All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed, rehearsed and performed with minimal staging. Admission is free. We draw from Chicago’s Equity and Non-Equity acting pool, as well as our long standing group of Artistic Associates, many of whom are award winning directors, actors and designers.

After each reading, audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to participate in a moderated post-reading discussion. We’d love to have you join us at any of our upcoming readings to witness the emergence of new dramatic works, and to participate in their honing and development.