In the spirit of The Understudy’s commitment to collaboration, community, and discovery, Freshly Brewed is our monthly new play reading series. Featuring the work of emerging Chicago area playwrights and directors. Each artist contributing– playwrights, directors, and actors– receives a stipend for their work.

If you want to participate as an actor, playwright, or director, click the link below to fill out an interest form.

BRAWL! by Connor Ermir Bradshaw

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Masculinity, desire, and belonging form a heady mix at the center of the boxing ring in BRAWL! Will Lucky find a way out? Dug into the backyard of Diesel Philips’ […]

$10.00

ECHO’S INFERNO by Juliet Kang Huneke

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

It's 1884, and Echo really doesn't get along with her brothers. Or anyone. Then, the devil offers her a chance to skip forward and start over. Will she take it? […]

$10.00