Professionals Weekend

New Stages
Professionals Weekend: November 13 – 15, 2015

Make your plans now to attend the Professionals Weekend, November 13 – 15, 2015, and see all three developmental productions and four staged readings—for FREE! In addition, we invite you to meet the artists and mingle with other professionals at our welcome reception, network at our late-night dramaturgs’ salon, and enjoy a panel discussion with some of the brightest minds in our field.

Reservations are now closed. Thank you for your interest in New Stages Professionals Weekend!

Questions? Contact Joe Pindelski at 312.553.7253 or


Friday, November 13

  • 6:30pm

    Staging Epics


    Join us for an artist-driven conversation about bringing impossibly big stories to the stage with local and national panelists.

  • 6:30pm

    Welcome Reception

    Network with Industry Colleagues | 6:30pm

    Grab drinks with colleagues involved in new work development from Chicago and around the country before the evening performance.

  • King of the Yees

    By Lauren Yee | Directed by Joshua K. Brody
    8pm Developmental Production

    For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a Chinese American men’s club formed a 150 years ago. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco’s Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

  • 10:30am
    Dael Orlandersmith Reading

    Lady in Denmark

    By Dael Orlandersmith | Directed by Chay Yew
    10:30am Reading

    In this one-woman show, Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandermsith takes us through the life of Helene, a Danish American woman who, in the wake of her husband’s death, finds solace in the music of Billie Holiday. Known for her darkly poetic style and piercing insight into human psychology, Orlandersmith weaves a narrative that explores jazz, family and the end of life.


  • 2pm
    Jordan HarrisonReading

    The Amateurs

    By Jordan Harrison | Directed by Oliver Butler
    2pm Reading

    Mr. Larking is God. Or at least he plays God in a 14th century production of the story of Noah’s flood. As his co-stars prepare to perform for the Duke, the crew is plagued by deadlines, a fear of the Black Death and a secret that could divide them all. The Amateurs is a comic tale of plagues, purpose and finding your voice in the moment.


  • 5pm
    Martín ZimmermanReading

    On the Exhale

    By Martín Zimmerman | Directed by Marti Lyons
    5pm Reading

    A single mother by choice, a woman and her son live peacefully under an unspoken, benevolent scrutiny in the small college town where they make their home. But when their lives are forever changed by a terrible act of gun violence, the woman seeks solace in the most unlikely place: a shooting range. In this surprising and emotional new play, writer Martín Zimmerman offers a complex examination of our relationship to guns as he follows one woman down a rabbit hole of grief.


  • Mother Road

    By Octavio Solis | Directed by Juliette Carrillo
    8PM Developmental Production

    Inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Mother Road introduces us to William Joad, who hung on to his family’s farm, but now has no blood kin to pass it down to. That is, until a private detective uncovers an unexpected relation: Martín Jodes—a young Mexican American man descended from Steinbeck’s protagonist Tom Joad. The two men meet up and travel from California back to Oklahoma, reversing the Joads’ mythic journey in an epic story about land, family and survival.


  • Dramaturgs' Salon

    Patron's Lounge | Goodman Theatre

    Join other dramaturgs and literary managers for a casual networking event over food and cocktails. Talk about your current projects and get to know others in the field. Students, interns, and anyone interested in dramaturgy are also welcome to attend!


Sunday, November 15

  • 10:30am
    Rebecca Gilman Reading

    Rödvinsvänster (Red-Wine Leftists): 1977

    By Rebecca Gilman | Directed Wendy C. Goldberg
    10:30am Reading

    Kyle, an auto worker from Reynolds, Wisconsin, has been chosen by his union to travel to socialist Sweden to see how Volvo has reimagined the assembly line for its workers. The play is part of a trilogy from Rebecca Gilman that also includes Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, which will be produced in the Owen Theatre this spring. Presented in English, the reading will feature members of Sweden’s Göteborgs Dramatiska Teater.

  • Objects in the Mirror

    By Charles Smith | Directed by Chuck Smith
    2pm Developmental Production

    At the height of the modern economic and environmental crises, a group of disparate people find themselves at a research facility in the South Pole, struggling to connect with themselves and each other in a place where the sun doesn’t rise for months on end.