Saturday Series Readings

Our next Saturday Series will be on Saturday, November 14 at 2pm CST for an online reading of Network Member Andy Mayo’s play Blood and Water directed by Victoria J. Liberatori.

This play was first written and developed here at Chicago Dramatists, with select scenes being featured in Scene Shop Showcase. Blood and Water then went on to production at Aux Dog Theater, where it received rave reviews. This reading will be streamed via Chicago Dramatists’ Twitch page. Click the button to register, and see below for details on how to watch!

Alfredo Narciso:  Art
Jeff Dolecek:  Sam  (Original cast, world premiere)
Tristana Gonzalez: Steffi  (Original cast, world premiere)
Adrian Doerfler:  Deputy

About The Playwright…

Andy Mayo is a member of Dramatists Guild and a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists where he developed Blood and Water, which premiered last year at Aux Dog Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His play, Lyndon Agonistes, was also developed during his one year at Chicago Dramatists and was a finalist for the 2020 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas, Texas. He is working on an online, interactive adaptation of his one-man show, Wish Upon a Star, intimate reflections of Walt Disney, as well as two one-act plays, The Garden of Eden and Serenity’s Shore.

About The Play, Blood and Water…

A woman unravels the past two estranged brothers have kept hidden for more than a decade, as they struggle over a business creating a water crisis in their hometown. Set in the New Mexico desert, the play evokes the loss of the Old West in an explosive public and private drama of loneliness and betrayal.

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.