Six Plays By and About Chicago | Newberry

Six Plays By and About Chicago

Led by Douglas Post
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Six sessions, Wednesdays, February 10 - March 17

2 - 4 pm (Central Time)

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Seminar Description

What do the playwrights Ben Hecht, Lorraine Hansberry, David Auburn, Bertolt Brecht, Tracy Letts, and August Wilson have in common? They have all written plays set in Chicago, and many of these writers are also native to the Midwest. In examining The Front Page, A Raisin in the Sun, Proof, Saint Joan of the Stockyards, Superior Donuts, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, we will also be examining the windy city and why it has inspired so much extraordinary talent.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Douglas Post is an award-winning playwright whose works have been produced around the world. He has taught at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Victory Gardens Theater. He currently teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago Graham School.

Materials List


  • The Front Page by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur. Samuel French, 2010: ISBN: 978-0573609121

  • Proof by David Auburn. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001. ISBN: 978-0571199976

  • Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts. Theatre Communications Group, 2010. ISBN: 978-1559363617

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

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