Storefront Playwright Project returns in July
Following an initial outing in December, the League of Chicago Theatres' Storefront Playwright Project will return for a four-week run in July. The program places playwrights and their processes in the public eye, setting up nearly 40 writers with four-hour shifts working in the window of the Hot Tix outlet at 72 E Randolph St, where curious passersby can read their words in real time. The playwrights are paid a stipend for their time. While some scoffed at the first iteration, I viewed it as a playful way to draw attention to Chicago's wealth of established and emerging playwrights, and thus to the variety of Chicago theater.
Scribes signed on for the project so far include Regina Taylor, Scott Barsotti, Danny Bernardo, Seth Bockley, Randall Colburn, Philip Dawkins, Nambi E. Kelley, M.E.H. Lewis, Mia McCullough and Jon Steinhagen. Writers will be on view from 10am to 6pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 2–27.