Saturday Series Readings

Our next Saturday Series will be on Saturday, March 7 at 2pm for a reading of Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke’s Teleplay Broadway, Ohio. Click here to register.

About the play, Broadway, Ohio

Burdened with $92,000 in student loan debt, a precocious stage director with a shiny new MFA from NYU is forced to return to her rust belt hometown, where she is bribed (for $92,000) into becoming the artistic director of the amateur Merry Art Players. This hour-long dramedy pilot episode is about a professional caught in an amateur’s world, getting an education she didn’t expect.

About the playwright…

Mary Ruth Clarke is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists. She co-wrote and starred in the original Meet the Parents and co-adapted it into the blockbuster version, starring Robert De Niro. Her play Bonhoeffer’s Cost just finished a run at The Agape Actors Co-op in Austin, Texas and has been produced at the Beacon Theater in Philadelphia, and the Provision Theater in Chicago. Agape also produced her farce Suffer The Long Night, co-written with her “Meet The Parents” partner, Greg Glienna.

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.