April: Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series

04.13.2018 12:00:00
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

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

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.




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