Play Reading for Play Lovers – Virtual on Zoom!

with Marti Lyons

Do you love language and theatre? Have you ever found it challenging to read rather than see a play? Do you love reading plays but wish it were a more social activity? Join Artistic Director Marti Lyons and your classmates in an intimate and animated “book club” conversation discussing the writing, contexts, techniques, and theatrical ideas of 18 plays and their playwrights over the course of our season, two plays a month. The class will include scripts of our past and upcoming productions, and beyond.This year, this class will feature a guest visit from a surprise playwright. Discover the joys of studying plays in new ways!

Looking to see what you’ll be reading (and who you will be meeting!) during the span of this course? Take a look at the curriculum below in the drop-in registration section for more details on what you’ll be discussing each day!

DATES: Second Monday of the month throughout our season – Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 8

TIME: 6:00-9:00PM

COST: $350 class package, drop-in rate $49 per class

Play Reading for Play Lovers will take place virtually over Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants via email with the rest of the class materials prior to the start of the session.


Course syllabus below!

Galileo’s Daughter by Jessica Dickey*
The Life of Galileo by David Hare
*Part of our 2022-2023 season 
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Art by Yasmina Reza


Marti Lyons most recently directed Sense and Sensibility adapted by Jessica Swale at American Players Theatre and the world-premiere of John Proctor is the Villain by Kimberly Belflower at Studio Theatre in D.C. Marti’s other productions include The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess at Writers Theatre; Cymbeline at American Players Theatre; The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe and both the stage and audio productions of Kings by Sarah Burgess at Studio Theatre; the world-premiere of How to Defend Yourself by liliana padilla, a Victory Gardens and Actors Theatre of Louisville co-production; Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee at Victory Gardens and City Theatre; Witch by Jen Silverman at Geffen Playhouse and Writers Theatre (LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Direction); Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías at Victory Gardens; Botticelli in the Fire by Jordan Tannahill at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; I, Banquo at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Title and Deed by Will Eno at Lookingglass Theatre Company; Laura Marks’ Bethany and Mine at The Gift Theatre. Next, Marti will direct the co-world premiere of Wife of a Salesman by Eleanor Burgess at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon at Northlight Theatre, and the world premiere of Galileo’s Daughter by Jessica Dickey at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. Marti is the Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo Theatre in Chicago, an ensemble member at The Gift Theatre, and a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Administrative Office

3759 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite 124
Chicago, IL 60613

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Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Box Office: 773.975.8150

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