Our Monthly Reading Series

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Route 66 Theatre believes that theatre is an invitation to discussion and participation with both artists and patrons. The Road Begins by engaging our audiences in our play selection process by putting them in “The Driver’s Seat” with our monthly reading series at the upstairs bar at Mrs Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro.

 

Always a good time filled with drinks and conversation, our readings bring together some of the finest talent Chicago has to offer with works from local and national playwrights never before heard in Chicago. We invite you to join us for a relaxed and informal event full of exciting theatre and discussion.

 

OUR NEXT READING: MONDAY, MARCH 16TH. 7:30PM AT MURPHY’S

We will be presenting a reading of our New Play Development Workshop winner:

QUIVER, by Jenni Lamb directed by Frances Limoncelli. Don’t miss it!

 

 

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Reading Series History of New Plays

 

 

The Tin Woman

by Sean Grennan
Directed by Tom Mula

Featuring Erin Noel Grennan, Erica Elam, Karen James Woditch, Greg Vinkler, Kristine Thatcher and Artistic Director Stef Tovar

No Wake

by William Donnelly

Featuring Raymond Fox, Lia Mortensen and Artistic Director Stef Tovar

When We Were Young and Unafraid

by Sarah Treem
Directed by Keira Fromm

Featuring Janet Ulrich Brooks, Katherine Keberline, Cassidy Slaughter-Mason, Lucy Sandy and Dennis Grimes

The December Man

by Colleen Murphy
Directed by Patrick New

Featuring Guy Van Swearingen, Kathy Scambiatterra, Rudy Galvan and Melanie Keller

Gus’s Fashions and Shoes

by Ron Klier
Directed by Scott Cummins

Featuring Francis Guinan, Jeff Dumas, Colin Sphar, Bear Bellinger and Artistic Director Stef Tovar

Marquis Aurelius

by Stephen Drukman
Directed by Susan E. Bowen

Featuring Shane Kenyon, Julia Siple, and Sean William Parris

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney

by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Erica Weiss

Featuring Fran Guinan
with Walter Briggs, William Dick, and Marika Mashburn

Bank Job

by John Kolvenbach
Directed by John Gawlick

Featuring Artistic Director Stef Tovar, Ben Jacoby, Maura Kidwell, La Shawn Banks, and Danny Goldring

alone above a raging sea

by Christopher Oscar Pena
Directed by Marti Lyons

Featuring Josh Salt, Carolyn Braver, Josh Odor, Chuck Spencer, and Millie Hurley

Where You Can’t Follow

by Adam Szymkowicz
Directed by Matthew Miller

Featuring Artistic Director Stef Tovar, Beth Lacke, Brianna Baker and Bruce Jarchow.

How to Write a New Book for the Bible

by Bill Cain
Directed by Damon Kiely

Featuring Tony Award Winner Deanna Dunagan
with Artistic Director Stef Tovar, with Tim Decker and Randy Steinmeyer

Start Fair in the Common Race

by Aaron Carter
Directed by Erica Weiss

Featuring La Shawn Banks, Lili-Anne Brown, Wardell Clark, John Steven Crowley, Victoria Gilbert, Preston Tate Jr and Andy Truschinski

The Seduction Community

by Greg Keller
Directed by Erica Weiss

Featuring Matthew Brumlow, Cliff Chamberlain, Craig Cunningham, Jurgen Hooper, Susaan Jamshidi, Mouzam Makkar, Blair Robertson, Madrid St. Angelo, and Samuel Taylor

The How and the Why

by Sarah Treem
Directed by Keira Fromm

Featuring Janet Ulrich Brooks and Elizabeth Ledo

I Love You More Than Shoes

Written and performed by Wandachristine

Truth Be Told

Written and performed by Tania Richard

Last Autumn

by Adam Simon
Directed by Erica Weiss

Featuring Brenda Barrie, Matt Farabee, and Mary Ann Thebus

Goldfish

by John Kolvenbach
Directed by Damon Kiely

Featuring Janet Ulrich Brooks, Francis Guinan, James Victor Kuligoski, and Kelly Wilson

Go Back to Where You Are

by David Greenspan
Directed by Mark Lococo

Featuring La Shawn Banks, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Terry Hamillton, Elizabeth Ledo, Ross Lehman, and Brandon Dahlquist

Evie’s Waltz

by Carter Lewis
Directed by Erica Weiss

Featuring Artistic Director Stef Tovar, Lia Mortensen, and Taylor Bibat

Between Us

by Joe Hortua
Directed by Keira Fromm

Featuring Hilary Clemens, Patricia Lavery, Demetrios Troy, and Vincent Teninty

Lights Up on the Fade Out

by Padriac Lillis
Directed by Damon Kiely

Featuring John Mohrlen, Cliff Chamberlain, Julia Neary, and Artistic Director Stef Tovar

No Wake

by William Donnelly
Directed by Erica Weiss

Featuring Artistic Director Stef Tovar, Lia Mortensen, and Bill Bannon

Our Daughter Keeps Our Hammer

by Brian Watkins
Directed by b. Swibel

Featuring Katie Jeep and Blair Robertson

Down to This

by Adam Chanzit
Directed by Brian LaDuca

Featuring Alexis Atwill, Eric Kaiko, John Rushing, Cora Vanderbroek, and Dane Halverson

A Twist of Water

by Caitlin Parrish
Directed and co-created by Erica Weiss

Featuring Artistic Director Stef Tovar, Patrick Byrnes, Falashay Pearson, and Lili-Anne Brown

Cops and Friends of Cops

by Ron Klier
Directed by Scott Cummins

Featuring Artistic Director Stef Tovar, Johnny Clark, John Morhlein, Joe D Lauck, and James Earl Jones II

The Gingerbread House

by Mark Schultz
Directed by Susan E. Bowen

Featuring Stef Tovar, Cheryl Graeff, Nick Cimino, Danny McCarthy, Katie Jeep, Ashley Bishop, and Adam Rebora

The Pecking Order

by Laura Lynn MacDonald
Directed by Erica Weiss

Featuring Janet Ulrich Brooks, Craig Spidle, Penelope Ann Walker, Brandon Dahlquist, and Rashaad Hall

The Best of All Possible Worlds

by Alice Austen
Directed by Damon Kiely

Featuring Stef Tovar, John Mohrlein, Ian Paul Custer, Brandon Dahlquist, and Janelle Snow

The View From Tall

by Caitlin Parrish
Directed by Erica Weiss

Featuring Stef Tovar, Caitlin Parrish, and Kelly Maier

Touched

by Dean Corrin
Directed by Sandy Shinner

Featuring Ian Paul Custer, Sandra Marquez, Katie Jeep, and Joe Dempsey

McMeekin Finds Out

by Scott T Barsotti
Directed by Damon Kiely

Featuring Kate Buddeke, Randy Steinmeyer, and Blair Robertson

Split

by Ira Gammerman
Directed by John Gawlick

Featuring Brett Tumoi, Blair Robertson, Katie Jeep, Brandon Dahlquist, and Jurgen Hooper

Six Postcards

by Lisa Dillman
Directed by Andrea J Dymond

Featuring Steve Key, Martie Sanders, Katie Jeep, Gary Houston, and Stef Tovar