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Playwrights Unit Readings 2023

July 10 –  July 16
Healy rehearsal room

This summer, four plays written by members of the 2022/2023 Playwrights Unit are showcased in live readings.

The process of creating a play, from inception to fully realized production, is often long and arduous. Each season, the Goodman Playwrights Unit commissions brand new plays from local writers and presents in-process readings of early drafts to Goodman audiences. See the classics of tomorrow today!

The Playwrights Unit meets twice a month to read and discuss the writers’ plays-in-process. Each writer possesses a unique voice, and each approaches writing differently; it is precisely this diversity that leads to fruitful discussions. Playwrights Unit plays are strongly considered for further development and production in future seasons. In recent years, audiences have seen Playwrights Unit works in the Owen Theatre such as Andrew Hinderaker’s The Magic Play, Seth Bockley’s Ask Aunt Susan, Kristiana Rae Colón’s florissant & canfield, Martín Zimmerman’s The Solid Sand Below, Ricardo Gamboa’s The Wizards, Nancy García Loza’s Rust, and Omer Abbas Salem’s Modern Women.


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By Lena Barnard
Directed by Halena Kays

Monday, July 10 at 7:30pm
Healy Rehearsal Room

Olive is back home in the country after her life fell apart in the city. But when her mom gives her an ultimatum to get her life on track Olive is suddenly placed in charge of the family rental property: protecting the chickens from coyotes and making sure the sad lesbian AirBNB renters are okay. All she wants to do is watch the same episode of a bad TV show over and over and over again. Lena Barnard’s new play is a funny and moving exploration of how we seek comfort and how we get un-stuck.




By Hanna Kime
Directed by Jessica Fisch

Wednesday, July 12 at 7:30pm
Healy Rehearsal Room

It’s 2002 and rising teen starlet Caitie Clark is a favorite fixture of all the major Hollywood tabloids. As the rumor mill churns with stories of Caitie’s professional and personal troubles, a massive breakdown on set brings her career to a screeching halt. 20 years later, a major streaming corporation seeks to hold us all accountable by revealing the true story of Caitie Clark through a brave and timely biopic. A searing and biting portrait of Hollywood across the last two decades, It Girl examines what it means to be a woman in entertainment: how things have changed and how they haven’t.




By Dillon Chitto
Directed by Bo Frazier

Saturday, July 15 at 8:00pm
Healy Rehearsal Room

Chicago friends return to a gay summer campground to continue their annual tradition of competing to be named “Summer’s Campiest Camper.” As the competition draws closer, the campers are forced to reveal their true selves and confront their hidden feelings. Campy; The Search for Summer’s Campiest Camper is a gay Indigenous rom com about love, lust and longing.




By Jarrett King
Directed by Gabrielle Randle-Bent

Sunday, July 16 at 7:30pm
Healy Rehearsal Room

What are protests if not a form of prayer? Five years ago, the Ellis family lost one of its members, a young Black man named Miles, to an act of police violence. Now Miles’s mother Opal wants him to be recognized as a saint. As the Ellises navigate the arduous canonization process, the family clashes and battle lines are drawn. Is true salvation on the other side of it all? There are 10,000 saints in the Catholic Church—not one of them is African American. Yet.