Wednesday, January 09, 2008

this saturday @ chicago dramatists

Lil somethin-somethin going on this Saturday at Chicago Dramatists. FYI. Please note the sentence that mentions wine and cheese. Eff yeah.

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Saturday, January 12 @ 2:00pm

Please join Chicago Dramatists and its playwrights for the first reading of the New Year as we welcome our new Resident Playwrights for 2008 and sample selections from their diverse work. A discussion with the playwrights about their writing and careers will follow the readings, plus a wine and cheese reception in the lobby.

GENE – A companion piece to Eugene O'Neill's “Hughie”
by Resident Playwright RON HIRSEN
Directed by Lila Stromer
Ozzie arrives at the Shelton Hotel in Boston on a cold November day in 1953 to visit his old friend Gene. But the stubborn guard won't allow Ozzie up to see him. "Mr. O'Neill ain't seein' anybody today." RON HIRSEN's play “The Frugal Repast” was developed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference and produced by the Abingdon Theatre in New York City in 2007.

by Resident Playwright CHRIS MANN
Directed by Associate Artist Anna C. Bahow
What does one do about death when religion no longer serves as the cornerstone to the American family? An older woman can't get over her husband's death and a father (although dead) can't let go of his family. CHRIS MANN has written over 20 plays that have been produced professionally. “Finding a Contemporary God” was commissioned by the Laine Family Foundation.

by Resident Playwright STEVEN SIMONCIC
Directed by Associate Artist Ilesa Duncan
A Starbucks appears in West Humboldt Park and signifies the first wave of gentrification in a neighborhood that hasn’t changed for generations. STEVEN SIMONCIC has six past productions, including “Broken Fences.” Pegasus Players and Live Bait Theatre will produce “Heat Wave” this winter in a joint production.

by Resident Playwright MARISA WEGRZYN
Directed by Associate Artist Ann Filmer
Dad's shot himself in the head and failed musician Roby Finley is on her way home to Burkeville, TX, with a suitcase full of stolen cash. A family comedy from a time when a dime could buy you a phone call home. MARISA WEGRZYN's “The Butcher of Baraboo” was produced in Steppenwolf's First Look Repertory in 2006 and premiered off-Broadway at Second Stage last summer. She is currently working on commissions from Steppenwolf, Yale Rep, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.