Playwriting Archive

The Mercy Street Theatre Company, an ensemble founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, kicks off its second season with The Mercy Street Affair, an evening of new plays, live jazz, pastries, and craft cocktails inspired...
Several Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department teachers and current or former students are pooling their talents for “Broadway in Oak Park,” a benefit concert to raise money for Open Door Repertory Company in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park....
A crew of Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department teachers, alumni, and students are on board for Nobody’s Wench: Six Tales of Pirate Women on the Rolling Seas, presented by Fury Theatre and Badass Broads September 17-October 4 at Chase...
Actor-playwright James Sherman, a Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member who teaches playwriting and improvisation, is getting good reviews for his one-man play The Ben Hecht Show, a portrait of legendary Hollywood screenwriter Ben Hecht. The show runs...
Compass Cabaret 55
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member James Sherman will be on a panel discussing Chicago theatre and improv history when the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago’s Jewish Film Festival screens Compass Cabaret 55, a documentary about the fabled...
The Ben Hecht Show
  Actor-playwright James Sherman, a Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member who teaches playwriting and improvisation, will star in the West Coast premiere of his one-man play The Ben Hecht Show, a portrait of legendary Chicago journalist-turned-Hollywood-screenwriter Ben...
The Spirit of Expansion
Jackalope Theatre Company, a collective founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, will unveil plans for its 2015-2016 season at its benefit gala “The Spirit of Expansion” on Saturday, May 30, at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway...
Lunacy! (A Cryptohistorical Comedy)
Jackalope Theatre Company, a collective founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, is celebrating its continued success with “The Spirit of Expansion,” a benefit gala set for Saturday, May 30, at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway in...
Manifest
Columbia College Chicago celebrates the end of the 2014-2015 school year on Friday, May 15, with Manifest, its annual urban arts festival of student work. Manifest, free and open to the general public, is a South Loop showcase of...
Sheldon Patinkin (August 27, 1935-September 21, 2014)
Actors Scott Adsit and Jeff Perry were among the more than 800 people who turned out to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Sheldon Patinkin, longtime Chair of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department, on Monday, January 26, 2015....