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.

 

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Reading Series History of New Plays

Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra

by Kirk Lynn
Directed by Steven Wilson
Featuring Elizabeth Laidlaw, Paloma Nozicka, Isa Arciniegas, Michael Holding, Jeffrey Freelon and Stef Tovar
May 2016

Beowulf: Lord of the Bros

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Matt Dietchman and Jed Feder
Directed by Scott Weinstein
Featuring Adrian Aguilar, Brandon Springman, Landree Fleming, Devin DeSantis, Alexis Rogers, Molly Callinan, Bear Bellinger, Ron King, Callie Johnson, Sharrise Hamilton and Tiffany Tatreau
April 2016

The Captives

by Barbara Blumenthal-Erhlich
Directed by Frances Limoncelli
Featuring Molly Brennan, Kelvin Roston, Mark Pracht, Tyler Meredith, and Jeffrey Kurysz
April 2016

How to Build a City

by Jeff Talbott
Directed by Henry Godinez
Featuring Justin Brill, Jennifer Coombs, Eric Lynch, Craig Spidle, and Steve Strafford
February 2016

Tinker to Evers to Chance

by Mat Smart
Directed by Brian Bolcolm
Featuring Kelly O’Sullivan and Alfred H. Wilson
January 2016

Naperville

by Mat Smart
Directed by Mary Rose O’Connor
Featuring Sara Gorsky, Coburn Goss, Karl Hamilton, Michael Holding, and Ann Whitney
October 2015

The Outsider

by Paul Slade Smith
Directed by Paul Slade Smith
Featuring Sean Fortunato, Erin Noel Grennan, Greg Vinkler, Ross Lehman, Linda Fortunato, Eric Slater, and Frances Limoncelli
September 2015

Cardboard All-Stars

by Jon Steinhagen
Directed by Steve Scott
Featuring Brandon Dahlquist and Nick Vidal
August 2015

Trade Show

by Aline Lathrop Glick
Directed by Tara Branham
Featuring Stef Tovar and Dana Black
July 2015

Stargazers

by Reina Hardy
Directed by Frances Limoncelli
Featuring Cassidy Slaughter-Mason, Stephen Cefalu, Jr and Jennifer Betancourt
May 2015

Escape Velocity

by Skye Robinson Hillis
Directed by Andrea J Dymond
Featuring Shannon Cochran, Shawn Douglass, Elaine Brown Rivkin, and Michael Canavan
April 2015

Quiver

by Jenni Lamb
Directed by Frances Limoncelli
Featuring Kirsten Fitzgerald, Brad Atkin, Emily Woods, Gail Rastorfer, Larry Grimm, and Michael Holding
March 2015

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
February 2015

Union

by Sean Devine
Directed by Patrick New
Featuring Amy J Carle, Kevin Gudahl and Stef Tovar
January 2015

No Wake

by William Donnelly
Featuring Raymond Fox, Lia Mortensen and Artistic Director Stef Tovar
November 2014

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
October 2014

The December Man

by Colleen Murphy
Directed by Patrick New
Featuring Guy Van Swearingen, Kathy Scambiatterra, Rudy Galvan and Melanie Keller
September 2014

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
August 2014

Marquis Aurelius

by Stephen Drukman
Directed by Susan E. Bowen
Featuring Shane Kenyon, Julia Siple, and Sean William Parris
June 2014

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
May 2014

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