Waltzing Mechanics

Chicago's Home for Documentary Theatre


2018 documentary play festival

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the frontier | Chicago


JUNE 1 - 7:30 pm | June 2 - 4:00 pm 

free staged reading of #justicefor

June 2 - 7:30 PM


Our goal with the festival is to highlight some of the exceptional work being developed across the country in the realm of non-fiction theater.  With each performance, we will showcase selections from 8 plays that run the gamut in terms of style, subject matter, and source material.  Each piece featured is between 10-20 minutes in length.  

Included with the festival is a week long workshop of #JusticeFor, by David Guiden, which will culiminate with a staged reading on SATURDAY at 7:30.  Waltzing Mechanics will continue to develop this piece throughout the year along with the playwright before staging a full production in Spring 2019.  

What is a documentary play?

Conceptually, it’s not all that different from a film documentary or non-fictional literature.  But with documentary theatre, these stories and events come to life in a way only experienced on a stage.  The minimum and most essential criterion for these works is that they must be about something that actually happened and substantially utilize words spoken or written by the real humans who are the subject of the work.