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April: Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: April

The Saturday Series, our longest-running program, lies at the heart of Chicago Dramatists play development. 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 and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. And since the theatre operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association, at least half of all roles in the Saturday Series involve union actors- which allows them to use some of the best acting talent in Chicago.

After each reading the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion, thereby adding their grist to the mill from which the playwright creates the play. We'd love to have you join us at any of our upcoming readings to witness the birth of new theatrical works and participate in their rearing. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018
2:00pm

at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Exotic Animals
By Emma Stanton
Directed by Devon De Mayo

The play begins with Ruby, a veterinary technician, and Officer Traiger, a low-ranking police officer, in the moments after a suicide on the train tracks. As they wait for Ruby to give her eyewitness account, a conversation between the two of them reveals their respective relationships with death, and which ultimately entangles their trajectories. Exotic Animals is about how we cope when unexpected tragedy enters into our lives, and how such an event can expose certain and surprising truths about who we are. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018
2:00pm

at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago


A Soldier's Tale
By Nancy Schaefer, a Writer Studio's Member
Directed by Brad DeFabo Akin

After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, an American marine longs to be part of something bigger than himself when he returns home. Will he finds that his dream costs more than America is willing to play?  

These events are FREE and open to the public, but pay what you can donations at the door are highly encouraged. For more details about the Saturday Series, click here.



Apr 16: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - Puddin 'N Pete


Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series presents Cheryl L. West's Puddin 'N Pete

Court’s Spotlight Reading series hopes to rediscover plays by writers of color largely missing from the American stage and absent from the traditional canon. 

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:30pm
at AKArama Community Service Center | 6228 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, IL 60637





Puddin 'N Pete
By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Ernest Perry, Jr. 

The Story: Puddin is an executive secretary with plans for a better future and a deep mistrust of men. Pete is a high school janitor with little education or guile but plenty of down-home, country wisdom. Each one has had failed marriages, but this middle-aged couple has put their bad experiences behind them, discovering what they have in common is their need for each other. 

The Spotlight Reading series is made possible in part by a grant from The Joyce Foundation. 
    This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended due to limited seating. Clickhere to RSVP.



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    April 16: From Page to Stage Series - Knowing Your Audience: Code-Switching & Social Performance


    From Page to Stage Series - Knowing Your Audience: Code-Switching & Social Performance

    Writers' Theatre is proud to present the thirteenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Smart People.

    Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7 pm
    Hosted by Highland Park Public Library | 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035



    Featuring:
    Lori D. Barcliff Bapista (University of Illinois at Chicago)
    Annette D'Onoforio (Northwestern University, the Chicagoland Language Project)
    Chloe Johnston (Lake Forest College, The Neo-Futurists)

    "Yo!" "Greetings." "Hey there!" Whether consciously or not, most of us have engaged in a phenomenon of social interaction popularly known as "code-switching," where we alter our language, dialect, or grammar depending on who we are talking to in any given situation. As Smart People examines issues of privilege, implicit bias and miscommunication, this From Page to Stage series event seeks to decode the subtle shifts in how we perceive others, and therefore, how we choose to present ourselves and communicate.

    How much of our social interactions are "performances" rather than organic? Experts in linguistics, sociology and performance join us as we use real-world examples to unpack these big questions and learn about depictions of science on stage and how we all use language to perform identity.  

    This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP is requested. To reserve your seat, please clickhere.



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    Apr 15: #NeverAgainChicago


    Victory Gardens Theater in association with Natural Shocks National Project and HowlRound Theatre Commons presents Town Hall: #NeverAgainChicago

    Join Victory Gardens for a town hall meeting to openly discuss the call to action taking place across the nation by students and allies to end gun violence. 

    Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 6:00pm
    at Zacek-McVay Theater | Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614



    In response to the call to end gun violence and the National Student Walkout on April 20th, join us for an excerpt of Lauren Gunderson's new play Natural Shocks, and a civic dialogue with local students and teachers. We will address how to move forward to make our communities and nation a safe place for all.

    Unable to attend, but want to participate? Watch and comment on the livestream at howlround.tv.

    This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, please clickhere.



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    April 14: Witch Camp (Staged Reading)


    Congo Square Theatre Company presents Witch Camp
    Join Congo Square for a staged reading of J. Thalia Cunningham's Witch Camp as a part of their Jambalaya Series. 

    Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 7:00-9:00pm
    at eta Creative Arts Foundation | 7558 S South Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60619-2644



    Witch Camp
    By: J. Thalia Cunningham 

    A staged reading directed by Artistic Associate Shanesia Davis

    Featuring:
    Ensemble member Anthony Irons
    Artistic Associate Velma Austin
    Brandi Brown 
    Ashley Crowe
    AC Smith
    Tina Marie Wright

    For those who can stay, a brief talk back will be held after the reading. 

    This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. First come, first served! For more information and to reserve tickets, please clickhere.



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    April/May: The Doppelganger: Special Events


    Steppenwolf Theater presents engagement series for The Doppelganger

    On select Sundays, join Steppenwolf staff and special guests for fun, casual and free pre/post show events to engage further with Matthew-Lee Erlbach's The Doppelganger running from April 5 to May 27.



    Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance and before the 7:30pm performance
    1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

    A Conversation with Matthew-Lee Erlbach

    What began as an idea for a play about workers' rights is now a sprawling comedy having its world premiere under the direction of ensemble member Tina Landau. Meet playwright Matthew-Lee Erlbach, and hear him talk candidly about the development of the play, its political message, and his own fascinating career. Moderated by dramaturg, Polly Hubbard

    Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance and before the 7:30pm performance
    1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

    How to Make a Farce in 2018 

    Farce has for centuries been a theatrical genre which skewered reality and entertained audiences by presenting crude characterizations of characters in improbable and absurd situations. What does farce uniquely offer audiences and artists wishing to examine our world today? And for the artists tasked with remounting classic farce (or staging a world premiere), how does one remain true to form that may challenge our current standards for representing lives, realities, and identities on stage?

    Panelists include Bobby Kennedy (Director of New Work & Dramaturgy, Writers Theatre), Tania Richard (Actress, Writer, and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant) and Nick Sandys (Producing Artistic Director, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). Moderated by Lavina Jadhwani

    Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance and before the 7:30pm performance
    1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

    The History & Politics of Farce in Cinema

    If you're watching a live piece of live theater with broad comedic characters, lots of opening and closing doors, probably a case of mistaken identities, and maybe a body double or two, you're probably a farce. But what does farce typically look like on film? In this conversation, watch clips from notable international film farces and learn about how farce made the jump from stage to screen, its key characteristics, and its political impact. With special guest Charles Coleman, programmer at Facets Cinematheque. Moderated by Lavina Jadhwani

    Sunday, May 20, 2018at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance
    Downstairs Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

    How Did They Do That? Behind the Scenes of The Doppelganger 

    A core tenet of theatrical farce is improbability, so hopefully at once while watching The Doppelganger (an international farce) you will find yourself asking in wonder, "How did they do that?" This is your opportunity to learn how, in a presentation led by members of the Steppenwolf production team. 

    These events are FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP through the links above or by phone at (312)-335-1650.



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    April 2: The Sacajawea Project: Work-in-Progress Showing


    Theater Unspeakable showcases The Sacajawea Project: Work-In-Progress Showing

    Told in signature Platform style, Theater Unspeakable brings us the story of Sacajawea and her unique role in American history. 

    Monday, April 2, 2018 at 9:00pm
    at Vittum Theater | 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642


    Kidnapped at age twelve, sold into marriage at thirteen, the story of this Native woman from a Shoshone tribe has been adopted as a symbol for groups across the countryfrom the early Suffragettes to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. This play cuts through the myth to show us the real person, the people who influenced her, and her path to becoming a national legend. This work is also kid friendly.

    This event is FREE and open to the public. No advance tickets are available. For more information, click here.



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    Apr 7: Double Feature: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner & Loving


    Court Theatre presents Double Feature: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner & Loving in their Guess Film Series

    Join Court Theatre for screenings of films specially selected to accompany the play on stage.

    Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm
    Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Logan Center Screening Room (2nd Floor) |
    915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637





    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), Stanley Kramer's breakthrough film about interracial romance, will be shown at 3:00pm. Loving (2016), Jeff Nichol's historical drama about the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, will be shown at 7:30pm. Come for one screening, or stay for both!

      This event is FREE and open to the public. For reservations, click hereto RSVP.



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      April 7: Steep Theatre: Open House


      Steep Theatre: Open House

      Get a glimpse into Steep's plans to create a new cabaret-style venue adjacent to their theatre. 

      Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00-4:00pm
      at Steep Theatre | 1115 W Berwyn Ave., Chicago, IL 60640




      Steep Theatre is expanding into 1113 W. Berwyn Ave. The new facility will include a lobby bar and small stage for storytelling and other performance. Join Steep for an open house conversation and learn about the project from Steep's ensemble and staff. Be part of the conversation about the types of performance that will bring the space to life.  

      This event is FREE and open to the public. Click herefor more information about the open house and the renovation project.



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      April 3: Martin McDonagh in Theatre & Film


      Northlight Theatre presents Martin McDonagh in Theatre & Film

      Explore the worlds created by the brilliant mind of Martin McDonagh.

      Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:00-8:00pm
      at Irish American Heritage Center | 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630



      Join the IAHC and Northlight Theatre as we explore the worlds created by the brilliant mind of Martin McDonagh. From his critically acclaimed film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri to the Tony Award winning The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Northlight Theatre Artistic Director B.J Jones is joined by Irish actor and director, Josephine Craven for a look into what makes McDonagh one of the most celebrated writers of his time. 

      This program starts at 7pm and is free. The pub opens at 6:30pm for a cash bar. 

      This event is FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. For more information, click here.



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      March 31: A Pre-Show Salon with Queer Community Leaders


      About Face Theatre hosts conversation with queer community leaders

      Join About Face Theatre in their dynamic live conversation on the work of uncovering hidden LGBTQ histories. Special guests include Victor Salvo, the Executive Director of The Legacy Project and Mia Vivens, Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement for About Face Theatre in conversation with Megan Carney, Artistic Director of About Face Theatre. 

      Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 6:00pm
      Kubo (Across the street from Theater Wit) | 1232 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



      This pre-show salon will explore the ways that LGBTQ histories get passed down through generations and highlight some current initiatives in the city. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. 

      A performance of About Face Theatre's Time is on Our Side, written by R. Eric Thomas, will follow the Salon at 7:30 pm across the street at Theater Wit. Tickets are available to purchase for the performance, but are not required to attend the Salon prior.

      This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited so RSVP is highly recommended. To RSVP, contact Dylan Toropov at dylan@aboutfacetheatre.org.


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      March 29: From Page to Stage Series - Diversity & Dr. Seuss


      From Page to Stage Series - Diversity & Dr. Seuss

      Writers' Theatre is proud to present the thirteenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Smart People.

      Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm
      Hosted by Kohl Children's Museum | 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60026



      Sometimes it can be easier to let our differences divide us, rather than celebrate what makes us each unique. At this special Storytime with Kohl Children's Museum, we will use the classic Dr. Seuss story The Sneetches and complementary theatre games to explore the importance of diversity and acceptance! Join us for this engaging collaboration featuring the Museum's Director of Visitor Experience Vito Gioia and members of WT Education, inspired by the themes in the upcoming WT production of Smart People. All ages welcome; recommended for young people 0-8.  

      This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVPS are requested. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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      March 25: Church of the Play: Caro Macon (Reading)


      Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Caro Macon 

      Church of The New Play is a weekly reading series featuring new work by local Chicago writers, devisers, and text generators of all performance forms. In each session, a new piece is read or presented followed by a talkback tailored to the artists' needs. This is an alternative to a script submission policy in that it gives creators' the space to present their work as it's meant to be experienced: live and out loud. 

      Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 11 am- 2 pm

      Prop Thtr | 3502-04 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618



      Come on out to The Prop Thtr, Sunday March 25th for a read of a brand new play followed by a talkback led by Prop Artistic Director, Olivia Lilley. 

      Free Coffee & Tea! 

      Church of the New Play presents...Front Yard by Caro Macon 

      Synopsis: Rooty, a blossoming life coach, is convinced her sisters' lives are all in shambles. To help them, she organizes a sister weekend retreat. The rules are 1) Sisters must stay in their pajamas all weekend. 2) Sisters may only say intentional things that matter. 

      Featuring:
      Atra Asdou as Rooty
      Molly Brennan as Nan
      Marie Weiss as Lora
      Dylan Fahoome as Jacob

      This event is FREE. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.


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      March 25: Rabbit Summer (Reading)


      Redtwist Theatre hosts staged reading of Rabbit Summer, A #TheatreActionGunControl Reading

      Rabbit Summer is spawned from the echoes of Michael Brown, Philando Castille, Eric Garner, and countless others. It examines toxic masculinity's relationship to gun culture, the ethics of gun ownership in the black community, racist police violence, and the effect that all of these have on the modern Black American family. Rabbit Summer asks the question: are Black Americans truly "free" in today's United States?

      Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Redtwist Theatre | 1044 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60660



      Rabbit Summer
      Written by: Tracey Conyer Lee
      Directed by: Katrina D. RiChard and Brennan T. Jones

      Ruby: Tarina Bradshaw
      Wilson: Rueben Echoles
      Claire: Katrina D. Richard

      Stage Manager: Olivia Jo Ellery
      Graphic: Elliot Hartman 

      Synopsis: Wilson is a black cop. He's married to Ruby, whose best friend, Claire, finds herself in need of a place to stay after her husband was unjustifiably killed by a white cop. The longer Claire stays with Ruby and Wilson, the more their "Rabbit Summer" - an attempt to conceive another child while their only daughter is away at camp- veers off of its intended path. 

      A part of the national #TheatreActionGunControl Project, all of the proceeds from this staged reading of Rabbit Summer will be donated to Healing Hurt People, an organization devoted to rehabilitating young victims of gun violence in Chicago.

      This event is FREE and open to the public. Pay what you can donations are appreciated in lieu of admission. For more information, click here.


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      March 19: CORE - To the Moon


      American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents To the Moon 

      CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

      Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
      at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




      To the Moon
      Written by: Beth Kander
      Artistic collaborators: Allyce Torres, Amanda Long, Arian Thigpen, Sallee Murphy 

      To the Moon is a clear-eyed, unapologetic, fierce, and tender portrayal of domestic abuse and its survivors. Knowing that such abuse impacts people from all walks of life, five diverse women collaborated to interview survivors and weave together their narratives- stories of strength and wit and loss and hope. Led by playwright Beth Kander, these collaborators' efforts yield a tough and touching true-stories-inspired stage play, which documents and dramatizes the tragic realities of domestic abuse in America.

      FREE but reservations are required. Suggested donation of $15. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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      March 13: Backstage at the Biograph - Lettie


      Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
      A free event series that takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the cast and design team in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.



      Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00-9:00pm
      at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

      BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH - Lettie
      Playwright Boo Killebrew's world-premiere play Lettie asks the title character to come to terms with her life, her family, and her hometown after serving seven years in prison. Next Tuesday, view an exclusive glimpse into the rehearsal process as the cast of Lettie shares a scene from the production during one of their very first rehearsals. Then, join us for a conversation with Judy Royal of the Center for Wrongful Convictions For Women and Kristine Bush of Justis4Justus as we discuss how we, as citizens, grapple with the U.S prison system and what happens when it fails us. We'll explore the answers to these questions in an evening of creativity, discussion, and theatre. 

      FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP is required. Click hereto reserve a seat. For questions, please email information@victorygardens.org or call 773.871.3000.



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      March/April: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Plantation!


      Plantation! Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
      Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.



      Sunday, March 11, 2018 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
      at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      Reparations and Responsibility

      When righting historic wrongs, who owes what to whom, and who decides? 

      Sunday, March 18, 2018 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
      at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


      You Can't Be Serious!

      Sometimes the best route to the brain (or heart) is via the funny bone. Why and how does comedy work to dissect social ills?

      Sunday, March 25, 2018 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
      at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      All in the Family

      With DNA home tests and genealogical research, sometimes we discover our bloodlines are more complicated than we knew- or are we all family anyway?

      Sunday, April 8, 2018 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
      at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      Can We Talk?

      In a polarized world of passionate disagreement, can citizens, friends, and even family find common ground?

      Sunday, April 15, 2018 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
      at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      Women Take the Lead

      The eight women of Plantation! come together to navigate the country's most fraught legacy. Does today's leading role of women activists demonstrate a unique capacity to determine our path forward?

      Sunday, April 22, 2018 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
      at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      Behind the Scenes

      Artists from the production discuss the creation of this world premiere. 


      These events are FREE and open to the public.



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      March 13: PerKup Elkhorn (Reading)


      Jackalope Theatre Company in collaboration with the Chicago Inclusion Project present new play reading of PerKup Elkhorn

      CIRCLE UP!, a collection of new play readings fresh to Chicago, continues with Isaac Gomez's PerKup Elkhorn. CIRCLE UP! is dedicated to amplifying diverse stories of scope and providing safe harbor for evolving work. Each reading includes a post-show discussion, encouraging our audience to share and engage with the play over drinks and light fare. Bring your friends, bring your enemies, arrive with interest, leave with questions...

      Monday, March 13, 2018 at 7 pm

      Jackalope Theatre Company | 1106 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago, IL 60660



      PerKup Elkhorn
      Written by: Isaac Gomez
      Directed by: Vanessa Stalling

      Starring: Donovan Diaz, Jodi Kinglsey, Erika Napoletano, Dan Granata, and Nathan Eric Slate

      Synopsis: It's just another day at PerKup Elkhorn, the hottest local coffee shop in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, where happiness is sold per the cupful. Lori and Vicki gab all about the latest town gossip, Jeff and Eric argue about the latest sports news, and the new cold brew is selling like hot cakes. But when newcomer, Pedro, stops by the shop to borrow WiFi for work, a collision of differences leaves irreparable damage. PerKup Elkhorn is an experiment on assessing how far we will go to protect the ones we love. 

      Unable to attend? We'll be following each live reading with a CIRCLE UP! Podcast episode, spotlighting our featured playwright through interview and selected excerpts. Click herefor when it's posted after the reading.   

      This event is FREE although donations are accepted. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Reservations can be made by clicking hereor by emailing Jackalope@Jackalopetheatre.org.



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      March 12: The Making of A Moon for the Misbegotten


      Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
      Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by our designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

      Monday, March 12, 2017 at 6:30pm
      Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022



      Production dramaturg Regina Victor will discuss life in early 20th century Connecticut for African-Americans, and why it is vitally important to approach classics with a fresh eye towards representation and inclusivity. 

      FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, please clickhere.



      "Behind the Curtain" is a special section of ChicagoPlays.com listing free events that enhance and complement your theatre-going experiences. Get an inside look at local Chicago theatre companies through forums, panel discussions, community events, and even parties. Planning to attend this "Behind the Curtain" event? Post about it on Twitter with the hashtag #BehindTheCurtain. For more upcoming events, visit http://bit.ly/behindcurtain.


      March: Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series


      Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: March

      The Saturday Series, our longest-running program, lies at the heart of Chicago Dramatists play development. 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 and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. And since the theatre operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association, at least half of all roles in the Saturday Series involve union actors- which allows them to use some of the best acting talent in Chicago.

      After each reading the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion, thereby adding their grist to the mill from which the playwright creates the play. We'd love to have you join us at any of our upcoming readings to witness the birth of new theatrical works and participate in their rearing. 

      Saturday, March 10, 2018
      2:00pm

      at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

      Geriatric Hit Man
      by Resident Playwright Alumnus, John Green 
      Directed by Judy Blue

      Uncle Charlie is frustrated by his tiny-ground-floor room at a classy retirement home. When his nephew, Roger, approaches him for financial assistance, they come up with a deal: If Roger finds a way to get Flora, the old psychic living on the top floor, to give up her "room with a view", Roger will receive a down payment on Charlie's sizable life savings. 

      Saturday, March 17, 2018
      2:00pm

      at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago


      Rag Doll in a Mad Dog's Mouth
      by Will Dunne
      Directed by Lance Baker

      The 20th Century has not been kind to Evangeline Leggs. Her family has suffered almost every kind of misfortune. Even a UFO abduction. And now as the new millennium approaches, robbers may be targeting her rural Indiana diner. Is this all just bad luck or is there a sin that never stops punishing? A post-truth comedy. 

      Saturday, March 24, 2018
      2:00pm

      at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago


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      By Writer Studio Member Blake Levinson
      Directed by TBA

      Inspired by real people and events, this is Chicago in the 1950's. A tumultuous time of white flight, racist mortgage regulations, and unethical sales contracts. Haunted by the childhood memory of his parents losing their home, Horace looks back with the hope of unraveling a rather curious mystery: When thousands of Black families like his were being conned out of their dreams, why did the city of broad shoulders just stand there and shrug?



      These events are FREE and open to the public, but pay what you can donations at the door are highly encouraged.



       
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