A festival of four FREE readings showcasing the work of the current group of TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective



We are pleased to announce the inaugural “FIRST DRAFT: Playwrights Collective Festival,” the culmination of the our latest two-year new-play incubator program offering residency to Chicago-based emerging and established writers. FIRST DRAFT will take place December 1 – 3, 2018, at TimeLine’s home at 615 W. Wellington Avenue in Chicago, with FREE public readings of new plays by current Playwrights Collective members Tyla Abercrumbie, Will Allan, Maureen Gallagher, and Calamity West.

Tickets to these one-time-only readings are FREE but advance reservations are strongly recommended as space is very limited. Make yours today! 

RESERVE FIRST DRAFT TICKETS

or call the TimeLine Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.

 
Click for more information about each playwright and play:

Will Allan: CAMPAIGNS, INC.

Calamity West: GREETINGS FROM MOSCOW! A LOVE STORY

Maureen Gallagher: KENT STATE JACKSON STATE

Tyla Abercrumbie: RELENTLESS


Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m.
CAMPAIGNS, INC. 
by Will Allan
directed by Nick Bowling

In 1934, famous novelist Upton Sinclair was all but guaranteed to become the first Democratic governor of the state of California—until a young, unknown couple formed the first political consulting firm in U.S. history in order to take him down. Clem Whitaker and Leone Baxter methodically constructed one of the most spectacular, star-studded smear campaigns ever and, in many respects, became the founders of “fake news.”
 
The cast includes Amy Carpenter, Bryce Gangel, Francis Guinan, Terry Hamilton, Juliet Hart, Anish Jethmalani, Phillip Earl Johnson, Travis Knight, and Mark Ulrich.
 
 

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Saturday, December 1 at 8 p.m.
GREETINGS FROM MOSCOW! A LOVE STORY
by Calamity West
directed by Elly Green
 
Chronicling the brief courtship and marriage of actor Olga Knipper and playwright Anton Chekhov, GREETINGS FROM MOSCOW! is a love story for the ages. A fantasy set against the backdrop of a rising Moscow art scene in the 20th century and the sprawling vacuum of rural Russia, this play is a love letter to the dreamers, the lovers, and the magic of life and death.
 
The cast includes Harry Belden, Sydney Charles, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Susaan Jamshidi, Niko Kourtis, Kelli Simpkins, and Samuel Taylor.
 
 

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Sunday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m.
KENT STATE JACKSON STATE
by Maureen Gallagher
directed by Wardell Julius Clark
 
On May 4, 1970, four college students were killed and nine were wounded at Kent State University. That shocking event was immortalized in song, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, and extensive coverage. Eleven days later, two students were killed and as many as 20 were wounded at a peaceful protest at Jackson State College. Few people around the country heard about it then or know about it now. This play is a personal story about the six students who died and their loved ones, and the coming together of the two schools in a solidarity which continues to this day. Their history raises questions about how and for what we are willing to rise up today.
 
The cast includes Sam Boeck, Sydney Charles, Richard Costes, Charles Andrew Gardner, Kayla Raelle Holder, James Leaming, and Ayssette Muñoz.
 
 

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Monday, December 3 at 7 p.m.
RELENTLESS
by Tyla Abercrumbie
directed by Ron OJ Parson
 
Two sisters return to their childhood home in Philadelphia in 1918. Annelle is a happy socialite desperate to keep safe the illusion of a perfect life with her husband Dr. Marcus Stanton. Janet is a single, professional nurse, determined to change history and propel black women into power. When they selfishly finger through the pages of their late mother’s diaries, it lands them at the foothills of a woman they never really knew and a legacy whose truths are chillingly, explosively RELENTLESS.
 
The cast includes Adia Alli, Ayanna Bakari, Chanell Bell, Aaron Todd Douglas, Tiffany Renee Johnson, Kelvin Roston Jr., and Maggie Scrantom.
 
 

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FIRST DRAFT is sponsored in part by Timothy C. Sherck

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