These plays were presented as part of the TimePieces Play Reading Series during the 2013-14 season:

• • • • •

by Julie Kramer
directed by Megan Shuchman

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7 pm

This new adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s 1958 bestseller explores the lives of ambitious secretaries within a Mad Men world. As they find their way in the big city, these women want thrilling careers, fun adventures, and husbands and children too—in due time.

The New York Times praised this hit new play as “a clear and abidingly useful gaze on women caught in a moment in time that isn’t as distant as you might suppose … What they have to say isn’t, in some ways, all that different from what the women of Sex and the City and even Lena Dunham’s Girls would be saying decades later.”

• • • • •


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Chicago Cultural Center
Millennium Park Room, 5th Floor
78 E. Washington St., Chicago 

TimeLine Theatre Company, in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Australian Consulate, will host several of Australia’s best and brightest performance writers for a day of discussion and play readings on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago.

Writers Reg Cribb, Tom Holloway, Lally Katz and Maxine Mellor are visiting Chicago as part of a tour of the United States that also takes them to Los Angeles and New York City. The tour has been organized by the Australian organization Inscription, led by its director Marcus West. Founded in 1998, Inscription collaborates with leading artists from Australia and the United States to script, sharpen and present quality content across theatre, film and television.


11 am – 11:45 am

Moderated by Chris Jones, chief theatre critic for the Chicago Tribune, and featuring playwrights Reg   Cribb, Tom HollowayLally KatzMaxine Mellor, and Inscription Director Marcus West.

by Tom Holloway

12 pm – 1:30 pm

Gerry is almost 60 and he’s going to meet his mother for the first time since he was 3. His mother lives somewhere in the UK, Liverpool, according to the records, and his daughter Sally has had it up to here with him and his problems. So Gerry is going back to Britain to find out what made him who he is. Between 1945 and the late 1960s more than 3,000 British children were told they were orphans and sent to Australia on a promise of warmth, fresh air, abundant food and boundless opportunity. Instead they arrived to deprived institutions where neglect and abuse were the norm. Playwright Tom Holloway has written a series of raw, achingly beautiful conversations between members of a scattered family. Drawing the whole thing together is Gerry’s extraordinary, precarious bid to finally learn what it means to love and belong to a family.

by Lally Katz

1:45 pm – 3 pm

Ahava, a young Jewish woman, wakes up in the Synagague. She has been through a traumatic ordeal. Her memory is weak, her heart is broken. She has woken into a desperate time, in a desperate place. On the cobblestone streets of medieval Prague, chaos reigns. As the men fight their own demons and each other, children are disappearing. An invisible emperor has decreed a purging of the Ghetto, and a Rabbi works through the dark night to fashion an avenging monster, a man made out of clay. The Golem. A love, mystery and revenge story.

• • • • •

by Aaron Carter
directed by Louis Contey

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7 pm

Wandering through the swath of destruction left by Sherman’s March to the Sea, former slaves Tiberius and Marcus are searching for a place to call home. They steal, con, and philosophize as they figure out how to survive in a brand new America. When Tiberius and Marcus add the young Ruby and her brother Jasper to their ragtag alliance, they—like their former masters—must decide if they will build their dreams on the suffering of others.

Featuring Ebony Wimbs, Victoria Gilbert, Jerod Haynes, Charles Gardner, Luce Metrius, Shawn Pfautsch and Anji White.