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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Emily Dendinger

The Grand Illusion Show, or the Lady Magician Play Even in this day and age, we don’t have enough stories on stage about ambitious women actively seeking out the life they want, regardless of the obstacles in their way. 2013-2016 Playwrights Collective, Emily Dendinger For three years, a small group of playwrights worked with TimeLine Literary Manager Ben Thiem in a series of meetings, workshops and readings to develop a new play from start to ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Frances Limoncelli

The Sweet Everlasting How and when to speak out against racial injustice is difficult to navigate, making many of us fearful of saying the wrong thing. But to stay silent is to tacitly approve of these outrages. 2013-2016 Playwrights Collective, Frances Limoncelli. For three years, ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Alice Austen

Bolshoi Since the end of the Cold War, never has it been more important to have an understanding of Russia and the Russian mentality. Finding common ground and re-establishing communication with Russia through art, through our shared interests and histories, could be the most important ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Brett Neveu

The Evolution of an Idea 2013-2016 Playwrights Collective, Brett Neveu TimeLine let our imaginations run wild and the results gave me the courage to blow the play up and out in the best ways possible. For three years, a small group of playwrights worked with ...
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Announcing the 2017-2018 Season

For the past 20 years, TimeLine has brought you inspiring, captivating, and groundbreaking work igniting conversations about our place in history. We are incredibly proud to be continuing that trend with our 21st season. This spectacular season will feature two Chicago premieres, a new TimeLine production of a ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Susan McLaughlin Karp

Much Ado about the Mitfords You could say they were kind of like the Kennedys and also the Kardashians—but that wouldn’t quite paint the picture. Not by a long shot. 2013-2016 Playwrights Collective, Susan McLaughlin Karp For three years, a small group of playwrights worked with TimeLine Literary Manager Ben Thiem in a series of meetings, workshops and readings to develop a new play from start to finish. We asked each playwright in the 2013-2016 ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: John Conroy

A Mugging on Lake Street On its face, the attack made no sense. I’d never seen my assailant before; he’d never seen me.   2013-2016 Playwrights Collective, John Conroy For three years, a small group of playwrights worked with TimeLine Literary Manager Ben Thiem in ...
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Writing history, with space and time

As we welcome a second group of playwrights in residence as part of TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective, the company’s new-play incubator, we wanted to reflect on all the incredible work that has happened since the program was first launched in 2013. Over the past three years, ...
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Playwrights Collective, Round Two

TimeLine is overjoyed to announce the four playwrights who will be in residence during 2017 and 2018 with the Playwrights Collective, our new-play incubator. Tyla Abercrumbie, Will Allan, Maureen Gallagher, and Calamity West ave been named to the Playwrights Collective, joining the ranks of inaugural Playwrights ...
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A guide to creating infinity

… or, how to make an infinity mirror (and only break 2 mirrors in the process) In early conversations about A Disappearing Number, the team at TimeLine had many long discussions about the idea of infinity, both mathematical and metaphorical. We wanted the lobby experience ...
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