The Sandbox is a reading series of new theatrical work that aligns with the Playhouse mission to create contemporary, relevant, and approachable art. All readings are open to the public and free of charge. Join us as we support the development of new work for the stage!

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Rumple, a New Musical for Tiny Creatures

by Sammy Zeisel & Friends of the Bog

directed by Sammy Zeisel

Monday, July 30th at 6:00PM

Join writer/director Sammy Zeisel and local folk band Friends of the Bog for a reading of their new, musical adaptation of the timelessly strange story of Rumplestiltskin! This ensemble-based, folk-filled retelling focuses on the female characters of this classic tale and is an exciting romp through a delightfully magical world. Rumple is scored by Chicago-based Friends of the Bog, a raucous folk-punk band, a la Violent Femmes and Neutral Milk Hotel.

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 Evelyn Jacoby, Managing Director, 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.