Playwrights Aloud Presents... An Evening With Mark Larson Part II (Jan 2020)

01/28/2020 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM CST


General Event


  • Free


Open Books
651 W Lake St
Chicago, IL


Tuesday January 28th 6:00pm
651 W Lake Street


Playwrights Aloud Presents...

An Evening With Mark Larson

Author Of Ensemble: An Oral History Of Chicago Theater





Chicago Dramatists and Playwrights Aloud are thrilled to present our second evening with Mark Larson, author of Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater!  This event will be taking place on Tuesday, January 28th at 6pm at Open Books (651 West Lake Street).

Mark will be interviewing Sandra Delgado (member of the 2015/2016 Goodman Theater Playwrights Unit, and founding ensemble member of Collaboraction), Kristin Idaszak (Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright, and Artistic Director and co-founder of Cloudgate Theatre), and Sandra Marquez (former Associate Artistic Director of Teatro Vista, and Artistic Associate with Steppenwolf Theatre).  Larson will lead an in-depth chat centering on the question "Why Theater Now" -- what makes this form so vital and alive in our current age, and why is theater so deeply important. Be sure to catch this intimate conversation with some of the most prolific and highly regarded theater artists working in Chicago today.

Mark Larson is the author of Ensemble: An Oral History Of Chicago Theatre. This book is an in-depth, first-of-its-kind history of Chicago's internationally celebrated theater scene, spanning 65 years and told through first-person accounts from some of the people who made it happen. Mark will be selling signed copies of the book for those interested.

Registration is required for this event, and your registration must be made no later than 11:59pm January 27th. Chicago Dramatists is also requesting donations for this event which can be made with your registration. Our suggested donation is $7 (more if you have it, less if you don't). Registration and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

"During the time I was interviewing hundreds of Chicago theater makers for my book, the names Russ Tutterow and Chicago Dramatists came up again and again. For the past 40 years, this organization has been steadily fostering new works and new voices. I've been impressed by the loyalty it inspires from such writers as Brett Neveu, Sandra Delgado, and Lydia Diamond. Rebecca Gilman told me that when she first moved to Chicago, playwright Charles Smith told her to Chicago Dramatists and meet Russ Tutterow. 'That,' she said, 'was great advice.'"
--Mark Larson