Beginning in 2017, the Playhouse is launching The Sandbox, a reading series of new theatrical work that aligns with our mission to create contemporary, relevant, and approachable art. Join us as we support the development of new work for the stage!

All readings are open to the public and free of charge. See below for more information on the first piece in this series, and stay tuned for the rest of the 2017 lineup!


Next Up

by Kevin Daly
directed by Kyle Davis

featuring Will Casey, Grant Niezgodski, and Steve Lords

Friday, June 2nd, 7:30 PM
3014 W Irving Park Rd
Admission is FREE but RSVPs are recommended

A retiring high school physics teacher attempts to connect with his two adult sons by giving himself fully to his oldest son’s imaginative entrepreneurial ideas.

WHERE IS EVERYBODY was developed both at the Neil Simon Festival (Cedar City, Utah) in 2016 and with Panndora Productions (Long Beach, California) in 2015. The script was the winner of the Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest, a finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award (Bloomington Playwrights Project), a finalist for the Hope on Stage Award (Cornell University & University of Notre Dame), and a winner of the Panndora’s Box New Works Festival.

Stay tuned for more readings in 2017!


Support the Sandbox

The Sandbox readings are free for you to attend, but they are not free for us to produce. If you would like to support the development of new work by emerging artists, please consider making a donation to support the Playhouse by donating online, by mail, or over the phone. If you would like to make a larger commitment by becoming a Sandbox reading series sponsor, call 312.374.3196 or email Dana Besmanoff, Development & Sales Associate, at


How to Apply

Interested in having your new work in The Sandbox? Please submit a PDF with the following information:

• A one-paragraph synopsis of the play
• A one-paragraph statement explaining how the play fits into the theatre’s mission.
• The playwright’s bio
• Production history
• A one-line description of each character
• Playwright’s contact information
• A 10-page scene from the script – do not send the entire play.

Please note: Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines cannot be considered.