A Study Of Conformity And Individualism For The Chicago New Work Festival’s Penultimate Installment


May 6, 2013, Chicago, IL – Rehearsals have begun for Wendy Schmidt’s The Newlyweds, the sixth of seven plays being performed for the ChicagoNew Work Festival.  Open rehearsals will be held all week from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend.  There will be a $5.00 suggested donation.  Three Cat Productions will present a final reading of The Newlyweds at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660.  Tickets are available for $10.00.

A hapless bridesmaid, inspired by the arrival of a mysterious guest, sets off on a quest to improve her fortunes — triggering everyone involved to question what really makes them happy. Set in a farcical world where people aspire to be members of wedding parties, and brides and grooms sit atop the social hierarchy, Wendy Schmidt’s The Newlyweds explores the power of the status quo and the importance of questioning authority.

The Chicago New Work Festival, running through May 18, is part of Three Cat Productions’ efforts to showcase Chicago playwrights, foster relationships between Chicago playwrights and directors, and to bring new work programming to the Edgewater area.  It is also Three Cat’s first run of major programming since partnering with the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Cultural Center in February.

The previous installments of the Chicago New Work Festival were Sasha Dune by Lisa Scott, Light by Jarrin Davis, Kate’s Dates by Kate Loftus, adapted by JD Ostergaard, Investigate and Protect by Liz Ellison, and Endangered by David Alex.  The final installment of the Chicago New Work Festival will be Joint Attention by Pat Curtis.

Three Cat Productions’ 2013 season recently featured Bab Fab, the 6th Annual Barbra Streisand Birthday Concert on April 20, and upcoming events include Chicago SOLO, a showcase for individual performances running June 5 – 15; and Cabaret on the Lake, Fridays in June and July. Three Cat Education (the education arm of Three Cat Productions) will run a spring youth production The Magic Games and Other Storybook Stuff on May 18 and 19, as well as, summer theater camps from June 17 to August 16.

Tickets and more information are available online at, by emailing or by calling Three Cat Productions at (312) 970-9840.


Three Cat Productions was founded in 2007 with a mission to create connections between theater, music, audience and artists through the production of cabaret concerts, contemporary musicals and plays, the re-invention of classic work, the development of new works and new artists, and by creating educational and outreach opportunities for the Chicagoland community. Visit the web site at