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2019 New Plays Festival

17 New Plays by 13 Chicago Area Playwrights

Chicago Writers’ Bloc with Stockyards Theatre Project

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. Seventeen new plays by thirteen 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 GlassHouseby June Finfer. The benefit featuring refreshments and a silent auction.  the non-profit Chicago Writers’ Bloc at Brown Paper Tickets www.brownpapertickets.comor at the door at City Lit covers the entire evening.

All other evenings for the festival begin at 7:30 P.M. Admission to each evening (other than the June 4 benefit) is $10. A flexible festival pass for $40 covers 11 admissions (one admission per evening or any other way you chose to use the 11 admissions. Tickets for all the festival staged readings are at Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.comor at the door at City Lit Theater.

Valet Parking for City Lit Theater after 6 P.M. at Francesca’s Restaurant at Bryn Mawr and Winthrop for $10.

The Chicago Writers’ Bloc has brought over 250 new works to Chicago and beyond - developing plays that have reached off Broadway, east coast, west coast and Midwest theaters, universities and communities. The 2019 Festival Coordinators are Joan Mazzonelli and Francesca Peppiatt.

Here's some exciting news about our member playwrights:

JOHN CONROY was recently profiled in the New York Times about his play MY KIND OF TOWN, which has had staged readings and development at Chicago Writers Bloc, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Northwestern University School of Law.

JUNE FINFER's play THE GLASS HOUSE will receive its premiere production by Resonance Ensemble Theatre  at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row in New York City May 9 to June 5 in repertory with Ibsen's The Master Builder.  Ms. Finfer and THE GLASS HOUSE were also recently profiled in the New Yorker. (production photo at left) 

JOANNE KOCH's anthology of plays Shared Stages: Ten American Dramas of Blacks and Jews (available for purchase on, which includes the plays Driving Miss Daisy, Fires in the Mirror, I'm Not Rappaport, Medal of Honor Rag, and her own multicultural musical Soul Sisters, was recently published by State University of New York Press and is now widely used in colleges around the country for courses in diversity. Soul Sisters has toured to 30 universities and communities around the country.  Joanne was recently featured on the cover of Today's Chicago Woman magazine as one of 100 women in Chicago making a difference through her writing and teaching.

CHARLES GRIPPO'S play SEX MARKS THE SPOT recently had a successful production at Theatre Building Chicago, which will be remounted for an extended run this summer.

JILL ELAINE HUGHES' short plays have been anthologized for the third consecutive year in Applause Books' BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS anthology, alongside superstar playwrights like John Guare, Neil LaBute, and David Lindsay-Abaire.  Her novels (written under the pseudonym "Jamaica Layne") were recently featured on the national cable TV network HSN.

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