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The Next Draft Series is Avalanche Theatre's ongoing new play incubator.

Over the course of 3-4 months, Avalanche develops new work by emerging Chicago playwrights through readings, feedback sessions, and mentorship, culminating in a workshop production of the plays at the end of the process. Chicago theatre leaders such as artistic directors, literary managers, and creative producers are invited to the workshop productions in order to provide playwrights access to companies who may be interested in producing the plays. The purpose of the Next Draft Series is to fully develop the most exciting and challenging new plays being written in Chicago today, to foster a community that is supportive of writers, and to provide opportunities for these plays to go on to receive full productions.

For information on how to get involved, visit our Submissions page.

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Cycle 3: June 2024

How to Kill a Rodent

by Eleanor McCaughey

Canadians Guy and Carrie take a road trip to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania only days before Groundhog Day in an effort to commit a minor act of terrorism against the United States: assassinate Punxsutawney Phil, that magical prognosticating groundhog, on live television. 

Infinity Burns

by Felix Abidor

It is the year 1599 and the monk Giordano Bruno is about to be burned at the stake. His crime: believing that the universe is infinitely large. He has seven days to convince the inquisition that he is right, or recant his views. Set in the dungeons of the inquisition and in the vastness of Bruno's own imagination, Infinity Burns explores what it takes to live in connection with our internal truth, and when to let it go.

The Next Draft Series is presented with support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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