Preview: Chicago Writers Bloc New Plays Festival Opens June 4

The 2019 Chicago Writers Bloc New Plays Festival will feature staged readings of 19 new plays by 14 Chicago-area playwrights. Presentations will take place at 7:30pm each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening from June 4 through June 26 at City Lit Theater, 1028 W. Bryn Mawr. The festival is presented by Chicago Writers Bloc with the Stockyards Theatre Project The festival opens with a benefit Tuesday, June 4, at 7:30pm with a reading of The Glass House by June Finfer. The benefit will feature refreshments, a festival pass, a raffle and a silent auction.  Benefit tickets are $25. Order them here. Image courtesy of the Farnsworth House. The Glass House is the story of the building of the Farnsworth house in Plano, Illinois, designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Edith Farnsworth. The process didn’t always go smoothly. The Glass House, directed by Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Robert Breuler, will feature Chicago actors John Mohrlein as Mies van der Rohe,  Carmen Roman as Edith Farnsworth, James Leaming as Philip Johnson, and Suzanne Petri as Lora Marx. For all other festival performances, admission is $10 for each evening. A flexible festival pass for $40 covers one admission to all the plays in the festival or 10 admissions to one or more at a time.  Buy festival tickets in advance or at the door. The theater is two blocks east of the Bryn Mawr Red Line El station. Valet parking is available for City Lit Theater after 6pm at Francesca’s Restaurant at 1039 W Bryn Mawr at Winthrop for $10. Here’s the schedule for other staged readings. More info on the plays can be found here. Wednesday, June 5: Oak Street Beach by Barbara Georgans Monday, June 10: Domestic Disturbance and Mother-in-Law Wit by Hope Hommersand plus Hell is Canceled! by Wencke Braathen Tuesday, June 11: Raizel’s Return by Gayle Ann Weinstein Wednesday, June 12: The Life and Times of a Hopeful Romantic by Francesca Peppiatt  plus A Tale of Two Mamets and Paragraph 5 by Blake Levinson Monday, June 17: The Girls Together Again by Francesca Peppiatt Tuesday, June 18: Carole White and the Seven Deadly Sins by Samuel Radom Wednesday, June 19: Translations by Richard Reardon Monday, June 24: Minister of Loneliness by Fran Zell Tuesday, June 25: The Balance Must Be Paid by Gerald Cole plus The English Teacher by Beverly Rosen and I Do, I Do, I Do by Joanne Koch Wednesday, June 26: The Ninkasi Brewery, The Uncertainty Principle and Kudos for Mangos by Chloe Bolan
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Nancy S Bishop

Nancy S. Bishop is publisher and Stages editor of Third Coast Review. She’s a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal writing on pop culture at, and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop. She also writes about film, books, art, architecture and design.