This monthly staged reading series continues Three Cat Productions commitment to new work and is meant to be an extension of the Chicago New Work Festival. The reading series is held on the third Monday of each month at the Berger Park Cultural Center first floor . (6205 N Sheridan Road). The series is free and open to the public. All readings start at 7pm.
“Don’t Call Me Shirley” by Paul Moulton, directed by Scott Ozaroski
UPDATED: November 4, 2019 (Due to Park District Strike)
It’s 1952, the height of the Red Scare, and Shirley Fluffberger, the third-most successful woman in radio, is in danger of being exposed as a former Communist unless she allows her show “That Dizzy Broad” to transfer to the growing medium of television. Then Shirley’s husband Stanley discovers a dirty little secret about FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover which she employs in an ingenious scheme to save the day . . . or so she thinks.
About Paul Moulton
Paul Moulton has been spreading subversion throughout America, via plays and comic sketches, from his home base in Palatine, IL for decades now. Off Off Broadway productions include “Alarm” (ID America Festival, 2007) and “Void!!” (Vignettes for the Apocalypse V, 2011). In Chicago, Artistic Home has included his short plays “Breakroom,” “Change” and “March.” Paul is a founding member and Writer Of Wrongs for Democracy Burlesque, Chicago’s longest-running political sketch comedy revue, and will occasionally portray an undistinguished President onstage for them if needed. Paul’s two ambitions as a writer are to win a Pulitzer and author a play with a two-word title.
“Dreary Street” by Sagit Sol Epstein
Reschedule – DATE TBA
A comedy about two Indian American families struggling to accept their dysfunctional life. Gungu, Anisha’s grandmother, has hallucinations from Parkinson’s medication . She is certain that her husband is betraying her with younger women, and drives all the family mad. Shankatala, Rupash’s mom, is desperate for grandchildren and will do anything to make her son get married. Anisha and Rupash meet again after years apart, and their reunion makes Anisha hope for a better life- or not.
About Sagit Sol Epstein
Playwright, director, actor and producer. Wrote and performed in sketch comedy shows on television and stage, most notably prime-time “Domino”, which aired for one and a half years on Israel’s national TV network. Subsequently, I wrote and performed in an Israeli national prime-time TV show called “The First in Entertainment” for one year. In 2006, I founded a theatre company in Israel that has performed over 1,500 shows for children, primarily adaptations of familiar stories, produced as two-actor plays that include custom-designed, half human-scale anthropomorphic animal puppets. Recently moved to Chicago.
WHITE HOUSE! by Timothy Rey
November 18, 2019
Two interlopers wait in the hallway of the White House, but their unannounced arrival brings into question, what it means to be ‘American’ , the idea of truth, and if ‘this house’ should even stand!
About Timothy Rey
TIMOTHY DAVID REY: His plays and performances pieces have been seen and heard throughout the Midwest and in Panama. His most recent plays have been Gloria! (for Acting Out Awareness Educational Theater), selections from T-Dance : A New Monologue Play ( for Chicago Danzetheater 2017 New Playwright’s Festival), The (Almost) Last Picture Show (for Dandelion Theater Company 2017), For Every Ring There Is A Season: A Phone Play (Chicago Calling Arts Festival).His solo perfomrances pieces have been seen at the Milwaukee LBGT Center and many local performance spaces, including Filet of Solo (Lifeline Theater), & Steppenwolf Theater’s Lookout Series.