New Plays in a Pub

Route 66 Theatre believes that theatre is an invitation to discussion and participation with both artists and patrons. Our theatrical road trip begins by engaging our audiences in our play selection process through a New Play Reading Series in the Upstairs Bar at Mrs Murphy’s 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.

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Reading Series History of New Plays

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 Associate Artistic Director Erica Weiss
Starring Fran Guinan
Featuring 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 Artistic Associate Damon Kiely
Starring Tony Award Winner Deanna Dunagan
featuring Artistic Director Stef Tovar, with Tim Decker and Randy Steinmeyer

Start Fair in the Common Race
by Aaron Carter
directed by Associate Artistic Director 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 Associate Artistic Director 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

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 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 Stef Tovar

No Wake
by William Donnelly
directed by Erica Weiss
featuring 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 Stef Tovar, Patrick Byrnes, Falashay Pearson, and Lili-Anne Brown

Cops and Friends of Cops
by Ron Klier
directed by Scott Cummins
featuring 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

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

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