A new play by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Cassandra Rose ’10, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Playwriting program, will open the first Tutterow Fellows Play Festival on Saturday, January 19, at 10 AM at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago. Rose’s work, The Amen Trilogy, is described as “a seven-hour epic with a picnic,” and audience members are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. Secularly-raised Julie doesn’t know how many good days she has left. That’s why she’s brought her three best friends to an abandoned church in Chicago. They all left their faiths for various reasons, so who better for Julie to ask about god? These four friends spend the day putting their own queer, feminist, and atheistic spins on Judeo-Christian mythology’s most famous (and infamous) characters. Rose describes her writing as “upsettling, mythic and queer.” Admission is free; for tickets, click here.
The Tutterow Fellowship supports the emergent playwright with training, practice, and mentorship. The fellowship is named after the late Russ Tutterow, the first and long-time artistic director of Chicago Dramatists. The program honors Tutterow’s commitment to identifying and nurturing talent that might not otherwise get the opportunity to grow.
Admission to the festival is free. For more information, click here.