2019 New Plays Festival
Chicago Writers Bloc with Stockyards Theatre Project presents the 2019 New Plays Festival at City Lit Theater, 1028 Bryn Mawr, Chicago in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church. Presentations take place each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening from June 4 through June 26 at 7:30 P.M. Eighteen new plays by fourteen distinguished Chicago area playwrights will be presented in a staged reading format.
The festival kicks off with a benefit on Tuesday evening June 4 at 7:30 P.M. with The Glass House by June Finfer. The benefit featuring refreshments, a festival pass, a raffle and a silent auction. $25 benefit tickets can be ordered in advance through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
All other evenings for the festival begin at 7:30 P.M. Admission to each evening is $10 to the non-profit Chicago Writers Bloc. A flexible festival pass for $40 covers one admission to all the plays in the festival or 10 admissions to one or more at a time. Tickets at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets.
Valet Parking for City Lit Theater after 6 P.M. at Francescas Restaurant at Bryn Mawr and Winthrop for $10.
Tuesday June 4
WRITERS BLOC BENEFIT NIGHT - $25 - Refreshments, raffle, silent auction
The Glass House by JUNE FINFER
Directed by Robert Brueler
Mies van der Rohe designs a dream house for Edith Farnsworth that turns into a nightmare. Presented in collaboration with Lost and Found Productions & Perennial Theatre
Wednesday June 5
Oak Street Beach by BARBARA GEORGANS
Directed by Joan Mazzonelli
July 20, 1969, man landed on the moon, but back on earth, men behave as badly as they do today.
Post-show discussion with Planned Parenthood and #MeToo
Monday June 10 TWO ONE ACTS
TWO PLAYS by HOPE HOMMERSAND
Directed by Joan Mazzonelli
Domestic Disturbance - Just exactly what is going on in the house where a real estate appraiser shows up?
Mother-in-Law Wit - Leave it to a mother-in-law to explain the phenomenon of rare ripe garden seed.
Monday June 10
Hell is Canceled! by WENCKE BRAATHEN
Directed by Cecilie Keenan
What happens when Archangel Michael arrives in Hell to announce the department of Hell will be liquidated? Whos the mysterious woman who walks about in Hell unscathed and unnoticed? Whats Lucifer to do?
Tuesday June 11
Raizels Return by GAYLE ANN WEINSTEIN
Directed by Claire Bauman
This fantasy follows a bereaved mother through Hell where she must decide whether to remain there as a suicide or return to the living.
Wednesday June 12 TWO ONE ACTS
The Life and Times of a Hopeful Romantic by FRANCESCA PEPPIATT
When a disastrous meeting turns into a lifelong romanceA one-woman piece directed and performed by the author
TWO PIECES by BLAKE LEVINSON
Directed by Nicholas Hamel
A Tale of Two Mamets - This is the humorous true story of how some random encounters with a pair of talented brothers challenge a reclusive mans decision to withdraw from our politically hot and divisive world.
Paragraph 5 - Inspired by real events, this drama chronicles the perfect storm of racism, greed and fear that ripped apart neighborhoods, families, and friends in Chicago due to the mortgage redlining laws of the 1950s.
Monday June 17
The Girls: Together Again written and directed by FRANCESCA PEPPIATT
A singing sister act reluctantly reunite for their first concert with their famous mother. Unfortunately, she dies just prior to the show. Its a comedy.
Tuesday June 18
Carole White and the Seven Deadly Sins by SAMUEL RADOM
Directed by Wilson Cain
The play reveals the 48 hours when the Sins try to turn a teetering soul over to hell.
Wednesday June 19
Translations by RICHARD REARDON
The play explores the fragility of identity and belonging through the prism of three characters who must confront the difference between the homes they were born into and those they long to create.
Monday June 24
Minister of Loneliness by FRAN ZELL
Directed by Susan Hamel
In a world where loneliness kills and happiness comes in little green capsules, two teens find unexpected answers to questions of the heart.
Tuesday June 25 TWO ONE ACTS
The Balance Must Be Paid by GERALD COLE
Directed by Brian Pastor
President Lincoln, while deciding the fate of a young army deserter, encounters a trio of spirits who offer their perspectives of the Civil War.
The English Teacher by BEVERLY ROSEN
A daughter discovers that behind her mother's perfect syntax there lurks a dark secret.
Wednesday June 26
THREE PLAYS by CHLOE BOLAN
Directed by Gerald Bailey
The Ninkasi Brewery - a one act play about DNA vs. culture.
The Uncertainty Principle - a one act play about testing Schrodinger's Cat theory.
Kudos for Mangos - a ten minute play for dog lovers.
City Lit Theater (View)
1028 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660