2018 Chicago New Work Festival

January 13 to February 3, 2018

Three Cat Productions proudly presents the Sixth Annual Chicago New Work Festival.  Developed with the goal of showcasing Chicago playwrights, fostering relationships between playwrights and directors, and bringing new work programming to the neighborhood, the Chicago New Work Festival runs from January 13 to February 3, 2017 at the Berger Park Coach House Theater.

The Chicago New Work Festival is development oriented. The festival features eight Chicago playwrights.  Each playwright is paired with a director, and the playwright-director team is assigned a week of the festival to workshop the play, with a staged reading at the end of the week.

PURCHASE TICKETS

The 2018 festival staged readings will be Saturdays at 12pm and 3pm at the Berger Park Coach House Theater.

Full Line-up:

January 13, 2018 – 12pm
Unsaid by Dan Jackson

January 13, 2018 – 3pm
Monica: This Play is not About Monica Lewinsky by Dianne Nora

January 20, 2018 – 12pm
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex by Ken Kaye

January 20, 2018 – 3pm
The Magic of Ladie M. by Laura Scruggs

January 27, 2018 – 12pm
Infatuation by Hallie Palladino

January 27, 2018 – 3pm
The Hot Wing Special by André Richardson Hogan II

February 3, 2018 – 12pm
Man of the People by Dolores Diaz

February 3, 2018 – 3pm
A Froggy Becomes by Becky Wahlstrom

January 13, 2018 – 12pm

Unsaid by Dan Jackson
Directed by Jason Paul Smith

Ruth and Jenna are a few weeks into getting a divorce. Erin is worried about where she stands with her new boyfriend. Artie and E.J. are two distant brothers attending their grandfather’s funeral. These three stories interweave with each other to ask the question, what kind of things do we keep from the people that we care about?

About Playwright

Dan Jackson is a graduate of Kent State University. His written work has been performed at American Theatre Company, City Lit Theater, The Arc Theatre Company, and Whiskey Rebellion Theatre. His full length play The Curse On Mordrake House was mounted as part of 2016’s Chicago Fringe Festival. He also improvises at various venues across the city, and has a web series with his improv partner, Dan and Kate’s Book Club.

 

 

January 13, 2018 – 3pm

Monica: This Play is not About Monica Lewinsky by Dianne Nora
Directed by Kristina Valada-Viars

Through a series of scenes between Monica Lewinsky and different imagined lovers, this play asks what the cost of intimacy is, how we reckon with our past selves, and what we talk about when we talk about Other Women.

About Playwright

Dianne Nora is a playwright, theatre scholar, and comedy writer who lives and works in Chicago, Dublin, and Brooklyn. Her full-length plays include Monica; This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky, Julie (25F), Western Country, In Rooms Such As These, Everybody’s Legs, Wasps (semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2014), Ye That Dwell In Dust, and Prodigal. She is currently assisting her mentor Tracy Letts on the world premiere of his play The Minutes at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She is also co-writing a parody of the bible with Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion. BA: New York University; MPhil: Trinity College Dublin; MFA: Columbia University School of the Arts. Hit her up on Twitter: @diannenora.

January 20, 2018 – 12pm

Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex by Ken Kaye
Directed by Scott Ozaroski

“Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex” neither seeks to idealize Sigmund Freud nor to lampoon him, but uses Freud the clinician, Freud the lecturer, and Freud the iconoclast to tweak our ideas about sex and the Unconscious. Each of its three acts is based closely on actual cases that Freud treated and wrote about, though the cases are  combined imaginatively and the audience is left to speculate about what was true and what was imagined — by the patients, by the doctor, and by the author.

About Playwright

Ken Kaye is a retired family psychologist whose lifelong avocation has been fiction and playwriting. His books include a collection of stories, Birds of Evanston.

 

January 20, 2018 – 3pm

The Magic of Ladie M. by Laura Scruggs
Directed by Pat Henderson

What happens when the story of Macbeth is told from the perspective of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is bi-sexual and Lady M. is a witch, with a familiar/magical pet peacock named Possibility? Find out in “The Magic of Ladie M,” in which Ladie M. will not die, in fact there is no killing, only fates worse than death.  Gender and magic are explored abundantly.

About Playwright

Laura is euphoric to be a part of the 2018 Chicago New Work Festival at Three Cat! She loves Three Cat, has performed her play, “Punk Grandpa,” taught fairy workshops with Three Cat Education and was recently produced in Three Cat’s 2017 Holiday Show, in which she wrote an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “A Kidnapped Santa Claus,” with Wizard of Oz overtones. She has performed her one woman show, “Punk Grandpa,” around the country. She is so excited to now have had it performed as a multiple character play (at the FRIGID Festival at NYC and at Three Brothers Theatre) and published by Chicago Dramaworks. Laura’s short play, “Bossy,” about her time as a park drama instructor was produced by Unity Players in Chicago last Spring. She is also working on a documentary about the late Chicago toy store, Uncle Fun and the man behind it, Ted Frankel. She co-hosts a storytelling open mic, Do Not Submit, as well as a weekly podcast with her husband in which they interview artists of all kinds, entitled “Are You Famous, Yet?” Laura has taught theatre in a variety of environments, from the Chicago Park District to inner city schools to a Jewish community center. She also enjoys faeries, puppets, festivals, hiking, thrift shopping and social justice!

January 27, 2018 – 12pm

Infatuation by Hallie Palladino
Directed by Emmi Hilger

Why do the good girls always want the bad boys? Maybe because the bad boys have been controlling the narrative since, well, forever. INFATUATION explodes that obsolete good girl trope: a sex comedy about romantic obsession, female ambition, male allyship, science, friendship and the substance of love. 

About Playwright

HALLIE PALLADINO is a playwright and essayist. Recent plays include INFATUATION (Ojai Playwrights Conference, Dandelion Theater Reservoir Series) MISSED CONNECTIONS (Idle Muse Theater’s Athena Festival 2015; Pride Films & Plays LezPlay Festival 2015) and SUNRISE: ARDMORE BEACH (Something Marvelous Festival 2015). She reads scripts for Stage Left Theater and the Something Marvelous Festival and is a contributing writer to the recently launched theater website Rescripted. Hallie is one of the original founders of the long running Chicago reading series Tuesday Funk. Her scholarly writing has been published by Demeter Press and her non-fiction essays have appeared in journals such as The Point and Thread. She is a graduate of The University of Chicago (BA Humanities 2001; MA Humanities 2005). She lives with her family in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. 

January 27, 2018 – 3pm

The Hot Wing Special by André Richardson Hogan II
Directed by TBA

The play tells the story of two individuals  dealing with these personal crises while, at the same time, trying not to renew their relationship. Tremaine and Neya were once lovers. To make matters worse, they also work together, and at Wings of Love.

Is this moment in their lives considered as a sign, that these people were meant for each other,  and that they must pass every “test” there is to improve that relationship?  Is this test any  different from the former couple’s previous challenges?  What make this test so special, as special as the hot wings the restaurant has as its new addition to the menu?

About Playwright

André Richardson Hogan II is a playwright, screenwriter, poet, essayist, visual artist, and theater critic.  His plays have received stage readings and productions in numerous theaters which include the American Theater Company, Blackboard Reading Series, Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Dramatists Personae, the Field Museum of Natural History, MPAACT, Magnified Gift Theater and Dance Company, Negro Ensemble Company, Nommo PlayLab, Prop Thtr, The Reading Series, Red Harlem Readers, and Black Diamond Productions.  The Chicago Chronicles, Volume 1, a docudrama of Logan Square residents, was produced as a commissioned work for American Theater Company.  An Ode to the Washermen, a short work in one act, was produced by Negro Ensemble Company in association with the Midwest International Theater Festival (NYC) in the summer of 2010. It was also nominated for Outstanding Production of a Short Subject.  Several poems have been published such as in The Art of Monteque, Many Mountains Moving, and Segue.  Strangers, a collection of poetry, was published by Xlibris in 2009. Sugar for Coffee, a full length drama, was produced and  presented by Blue Collar Theater Company in June of 2012. My Love for Words, a one-act, one-man autobiographical drama, was written and performed by Hogan, and produced by MPAACT, in 2013. In 2001, Hogan received a B.F.A. in Liberal Arts from Columbia College, Chicago.  He was a resident playwright at Magnified Gift Theater and Dance Company and Timber Lake Playhouse Playwrights Colony in Mt. Carroll, IL., a Literary Manager for Sankofa Theater Company, and is currently an Associate Artist of the Black Lives/Black Lives International Project.  He resides at Hyde Park in Chicago.

February 3, 2018 – 12pm

Man of the People by Dolores Diaz
Directed by Jeri Frederickson

Man of the People is inspired by the true story of Dr. John Brinkley, a huckster of the medical profession and radio pioneer who fakes his way to fame, notoriety, and politics until he is brought down by his own ambition. Made famous by a sham cure for male impotence, Dr. Brinkley catapults himself to stardom through his command of American radio, but Dr. Fishbein, of the newly founded American Medical Association, is determined to expose Brinkley. Despite Fishbein’s best efforts, Brinkley escapes justice at every turn until the truth catches up to him.

About Playwright

Dolores Díaz is a playwright based in Chicago, IL and originally from Laredo, Texas. Her adaptation of Sir Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle premiered in November at the Berger Park Coach House Theatre with Three Cat Productions. She was also recently selected as a finalist for the Goodman Theatre’s 2017/18 Playwrights Unit. Her play, Los Tequileros, received a workshop from Teatro Vivo in August 2015. A Truthful Christmas and Uncomfortable Positions premiered at The Vortex in October 2014 as part of the 14-48 Projects in Austin, TX. Border Grammar was produced by Teatro Chicano de Laredo in 2010. From 2015-2017, Dolores served as Producer for Teatro Vivo’s annual Latino New Play Festival. Dolores is currently pursuing her MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen at Northwestern University and working on her newest play, Man of the People.

February 3, 2018 – 3pm

A Froggy Becomes by Becky Wahlstrom
Directed by Jacque Lueken

Bumpy Diggs, a scrappy little boyish weirdo, gives us a close-up firsthand account of how she survived 1987, that joyously horrible year she crawled out from under the violence and oppression of seventh grade.  A memory play told through magical realism; giant puppets, flying priests, dances to Madonna, Satan worshippers, sparkling confetti, and a science fair project gone awry.

About Playwright

Becky Wahlstrom, actress, writer, and native Chicagoan, comes from a dynamic family of bartenders and religious fanatics. She spent her formative years honing her craft as an actress at The Chicago Academy for the Arts High School and then London Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). She celebrated the next decade of her life living in Los Angeles acting for television, film and theater in tandem with writing and performing original material around town. In 2013 she wrote and performed a one-woman show “All In” performing at IO West, The Fanatic Salon, and Chopin Theater in Chicago. Becky’s written two optioned screenplays, “Between Heaven and Here” and the adaptation of Tania Aebi’s travel memoir “Maiden Voyage.” She’s was honored to be commissioned by Tennessee Women’s Theater Project to write her first full-length stage play “In Stitches” based on the amazing Quilters she met weaving their magic at Nashville’s Centennial Performing Arts Studio. The play went on to win Chaffin Barn’s “Clash of the Playwrights” contest and was produced there this August. She was invited to participate in Nashville Rep’s 2017 Writer’s Room Program in which she completed her second full-length play in one act “A Froggy Becomes.” Becky continues to bounce between Nashville and Chicago acting and writing for the stage.