Chicago Writers Bloc
Previous Chicago Writers' Bloc New Play Festivals Information


Chicago Writers Bloc New Play Festival 2017 features the work of graduate students, emerging playwrights, and writers whose musicals, comedies and prizewinning dramas have been produced throughout the U.S. and abroad.  All plays will be presented as staged readings. 
The not-for-profit Chicago Writers’ Bloc organization is an incubator for the works of numerous playwrights in Chicago and surrounding area. In addition to grants the group welcomes donations from friends and supporters to continue encouraging writers to create new works and bring them to the public. 

Here are the details for this year’s Writers’ Bloc Play Festival:

PLACE: June Finfer Playwrights Studio, 2068 W. Farwell Avenue, Chicago, ground floor
TIME:   7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and selected Wednesdays 
DATES: July 17- August 15     Please see individual listings below
TICKETS: $5.00; Festival pass for all 13 evenings $20.00 at Brown Paper Tickets, or call BPT at 1-800-838-3006. 

Tickets will also be available at the door, but seating is limited. 

Chicago Writers Bloc, is a play development group led by Evanstonian Joanne Koch, a widely produced playwright and Director of the National Louis University Master’s in Written Communication Program.  Supported, in part, by the Dramatists Guild Fund, Inc., CWB during the past 17 years has brought hundreds of new plays and musicals to fruition.  Many of these plays have gone on to win local, national, and international prizes with productions locally and around the country. “Our thanks go to all our supporters, who by attending our Festivals contribute to the evolution of “Theater” throughout the Chicago area and beyond.  For additional information on the group, contact Joanne at

All plays begin at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, July 17
Mammaries by Joanne Koch 
Memories of romance, children and loss are packed into this short drama about physical and relationship pairs.

 The Yellow Room Murders by Hope Bell 

During the rehearsal of An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde someone collapses and appears to be dying. 
Director for both, Francesca Peppiatt

Tuesday, July 18

I’m Near Niagara by Bev Rosen – Director, Terry Artner
This comic-drama concerns the bizarre actions of a young man desperately searching for his father’s approval. 

Wednesday, July 19

Jimmy Pays His Debts by Patrick Boylan – Director, Michael Wagman
A three-act drama set in Chicago 1963. An Irish Catholic working-class family confronts a sexual assault by relying on old saws to guide their actions.

Monday, July 24

Hope Deferred by Brenda Castile Munoz – Director, Wilson Cain
Shanice and Jeff are 18, in love, and looking forward to a bright future when the unexpected happens.

Tuesday, July 25

Drowning by John Janso – Director, Patricia Tinsley
A father and son spend the anniversary of the mother’s tragic death attempting to finally move on from her passing, while at the same time trying to salvage their own fractured relationship.

 Monday, July 31

Love in the Time of Dementia by Chloe Bolan – Director, Paul Tinsley
A witty take on relationships in later life.

Tuesday, August 1

Men Around the World by Judy Veramendi – Director, Gerald H. Bailey
An international SEX AND THE CITY, shares true tales from my life as an innocent broad abroad, moving from naivete into enlightenment.

Wednesday, August 2 

In the Land of Enchantment by Frank Friedlander – Director, Richard Paro
Once Upon a Mattress meets My Fair Lady when a discontented workaholic is swept into a whimsical kingdom as a reluctant suitor for a rakish young prince. 

Monday, August 7

The Tempest Within by Paul Pasulka, who will also direct
Five actors are invited to a desert island for two-week auditions for the world-famous, mysterious, and extremely secretive Mr. Director. 

Tuesday, August 8

Richard III Ole! by Barbara Georgans – Director, Joan Mazzonelli
This comedy has everyone scrambling to find a coveted jewel, encrusted lamp a gift from Queen Elizabeth I to Shakespeare so he could write Richard III by night.  

Wednesday, August 9

With Apologies to Dracula by Blake Levinson – Director, Breahan Pautsch
In 1957, after uncovering the secret that thousands of Black homeowners in Chicago are being legally swindled out of their property, a white attorney’s quixotic crusade leads to a devastating end for himself and his family.

Monday, August 14 Two one-acts by Phil S. Bloch – Director, Tanise Robnett
Cronies, Cards, and Clay: In order to deal with old age, loneliness and a neighborhood not safe to walk in at night, a divorced tailor builds a golem in his kitchen. Halloween with the Moralist: All is fun and games with the Halloween edition of Miranda Vicar's radio advice program, until the time traveler calls. 
Tuesday, August 15 Reading Anna K. by Fran Zell – Director, Jennifer Thompson
A decision to read Anna Karenina unsettles an assisted living book club. Relationships turn inside out as Tolstoy’s great novel causes three women and a male newcomer to confront complexities of love and friendship they assumed were safely behind them.

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