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Play for Keeps
Aspiring playwrights gathered together again this fall for Stockyards' writing workshops. This year's showcase was held at Next Door, 659 West Diversey Parkway, on November 4 and 5. Details can be found by clicking the title above.
Andersonville Arts Weekend
Stockyards took part in this neighborhood festival presenting "Scenes from Stockyards," a selection of theater pieces and storytelling, on October 5 at Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Avenue, in Chicago's Andersonville. For more details, click the title above.

Play for Keeps
The Stockyards writing workshops met in the fall and showcased some of the work developed there in readings at Chicago's Cafe Ballou, October 9 and 16. Click the title above for details on the playwrights and their work.

Conversations with Myself
This staged reading was presented in conjunction with the Summer Incubator program of The University of Chicago's Theater and Performance Studies Program (TAPS) and University Theater. The work was developed from three one-act plays as part of Summer Inc and was performed on Friday, August 12.

Nobody Likes Retsina
A world-premiere musical in a dinner-theater setting. Greek brothers, bootleg wine, true love and Prohibition add up to an evening of fun. Appeared at the Parthenon Restaurant in Chicago, February 28-April 4.


Play for Keeps
Stockyards' writing workshops for actresses and playwrights returned for another season. New and continuing works were showcased at Chicago's Cafe Ballou, October 3-12.
Women of the Stockyards
Roughly half the workforce of the Chicago stockyards was made up of women. That fact was commemorated in this series of one-act readings, which was hosted by Cafe Ballou in March, Womens' History Month.

My Life with Craig
3w in search of an audience that has a great sense of humor and an eye for the absurd, and who knows a good time when they see it. Stockyards celebrates our 10th anniversary with The Unmentionables and their exploration of who might be using Craigslist and why. At Ginger's Ale House, September 4-19.

Play for Keeps
Stockyards' writing workshop for actresses and aspiring playwrights met biweekly from May to August at Northtown Branch Public Library.  Click here for more information. 

Celebrate Women's History Month with Us!
Beginning March 7 and running throughout the month of March, women from Stockyard's Play for Keeps program will read new works they've created at various venues across the city.
Click here for details!


9th Annual Women's Performance Art Festival: Buried Dreams, Hidden Treasures
Stockyards Theatre Project is seeking performers and acts for the 9th Annual Women's Performance Art Festival. All peformance acts invite to apply! This year's festival will be at the Prop Thtr on October 17, 18 & 19. Click here for details!

Play for Keeps
Stockyards' innovative writing workshop, began its newest season June 30, 2008. Click here for more information. See what American Theater magazine had to say about Play for Keeps.

Criminal Hearts
Written by Jane Martin
Directed by Kendra Stevens
Featuring Lori Howard, Janel Palm, Andrew Strenk, and Levi Petree

See Criminal Hearts on WGN-Chicago's Time for Talent!

Performances are Thursdays thru Sundays, April 10 - May 10, 2008 at the Chicago Actors Studio, 2040 N Elston, Chicago. Note: Some listings have the wrong address. The correct address is 2040 N. Elston Ave, Chicago! Call 773.425.6393 for details.

FREE PIZZA! provided nightly for all audiences by local pizza makers!

Free Radicals
A world premiere play written by Brenda Kilianski and Directed by Lydia Milman
Featuring Iris Lieberman and Jenn SavaRyan

Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, March 27 through April 25, 2008 at the North Lakeside Cultural Center (6219 North Sheridan Road, Chicago). Call 773.936.7896 for information!

The Chicago Reader says, "Played compassionately by Iris Lieberman, Lydia even becomes a surrogate mother to Jenn Sava Ryan's broken survivor."

Centerstage says of the performances, "Both SavaRyan and Lieberman played their roles beautifully, creating well-rounded human beings out of what could have been one-dimensional characters. Particularly, SavaRyan blazed with dynamic energy, humanizing quixotic Nancy's quick turns from rapture to rage and back."

An Evening of Experimental Repertory, featuring The Experiment!
Stockyards Theatre Project is proud to present the world premiere of An Evening of Experimental Repertory - a new concept in theater created by Lori Howard and Aaron Preusse! Sponsored by the Eisenhower Public Library as part of a project to bring theater to the community!

Come see this new concept in theater Wednesday, March 5, 7pm at the NEW! Eisenhower Public Library (4613 N Oketo, Harwood Heights, IL)! Call 773.425.6393 for details!

2/28/2008 - Pioneer Press Article: "New library debuts with 'Experiment!' "

A world premiere play by Gemma Cooper-Novack.
Directed by Laura Blegen, coproduced by Helen Balasny and Stockyards Theatre Project.

January 13 - February 17, 2008 at the Raven Theatre 6157 N. Clark, Chicago.

It's the same in every war: soldiers disoriented by alien cultures commit deeds unthinkable in their own, and afterward face well-meaning families unable to comprehend their experience. This time, however, the returning veteran is a woman--a wife, sister, and mother-to-be whose homecoming is shattered when evidence comes to light of her participation in atrocities overseas. But playwright Gemma Cooper-Novack's articulate exploration of the issues doesn't seek convenient targets for blame, nor does the Stockyards Theatre Project stoop to sensationalism in its presentation. Instead, both strive to remind audiences that conflict in faraway lands is not without its repercussions right here at home. --Mary Shen Barnidge, Chicago Reader


8th Women's Performance Art Festival - A Fierce Presence
Location: Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Avenue
Dates: October 26, 27, 28, 2007

Play for Keeps
Location: Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont
Dates: May 28, 29 & 30, 2007


7th Annual Women's Performance Art Festival: Stay Centered, See the Humor and Carry On Regardless
Location: Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Avenue
Dates: October 20, 21, 22, 2006

Play for Keeps
Location: North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan Road
Dates: September 28 & 29, 2006

Busting Out: Toying with the Tyranny of Time
Location: Stage Left, 3408 N. Sheffield Avenue
Dates: August 15 - September 13, 2006


6th Annual Women's Performance Art Festival "...Destination...Excavation..."
Location: Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Avenue
Dates: December 2, 3, 4, 2005

Henry IV, Part I
Location: Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont
Dates: August 13 - September 14, 2005

Busting Out: A Voluptuous Evening of Comedy
Location: Stage Left, 3408 N. Sheffield Avenue
Dates: May 10 - June 1, 2005




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