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The CollaborAction showcase of 20 short plays (each under seven minutes long) includes world premieres by Warren Leight, Beth Henley, Wendy MacLeod, and others. The festival also features environmental design by Wesley Kimler and DJs between plays. "Summer Sketchbook" takes place nightly through June 16 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Showtimes are Mondays-Thursdays, 8 PM; Fridays-Saturdays, 7 and 9 PM; Sunday, June 9, 7 PM; and Sunday, June 16, 5 PM. Each program features a different set of ten sketches, except for the "festival finale" on Sunday, June 16, which offers all 20 plays as well as a postperformance awards ceremony and closing party. Tickets are $20 per program, $35 for persons attending both programs on Fridays and Saturdays; the benefit performance on Thursday, June 6, costs $50 (which includes a party), and closing night's performance and party costs $35. For more information, call 312-226-9633 or visit www.collaboraction.org. Following is the schedule for June 6 through 13; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 8 PM

Affair Play

Jim Dennen directs a play by Jessica Goldberg.

Concert

Jonathan Mastro's piece about "three humans and one clawfoot tub in the subterranean depths" is directed by Bob Fisher.

Cool Shoes

Robin Chapik directs a sketch by Gerald Mortensen.

A Dream of Drown

Sean Gunn directs Ray Pride's piece about a young woman "somewhere between sleep and sleeplessness."

It's 11 AM

A man charms a woman in a small-town bar in this sketch by Mara Casey; Anthony Moseley directs.

Nine Ten

Warren Leight's study of people gathering for jury duty is directed by Lynn Ann Bernatowicz.

Ties

Kiki Zapata's play about a man who needs a tie is directed by John Gawlik.

Tight Pants

A married couple take stock of their lives in Beth Henley's play; it's directed by Joseph Ravens.

The Fur Trigger

Karin Diann Williams's playlet, directed by John Cabrera, concerns "strange awakenings after a one-night stand."

The Wedding Album of Sandy Benito's Wedding

The Hypocrites' Sean Graney wrote this study of "a wedding gone tragic." Directed by Jimmy McDermott.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 7 PM

Affair Play

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

A Dream of Drown

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

It's 11 AM

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Fix

Diane Lefer penned this portrait of two men on "the late, late shift"; it's directed by Michael Osinski.

Nine Ten

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

September 11th--Parson O'Reilly--33 and Bowling

A man "navigates life, death, love, and religion" in this sketch by Jesse Weaver. Lee Papa directs.

Please No Spitting

David Parr's play about two people anticipating a blind date is performed over cell phones; Jeremy Wechsler directs.

Tell Her That

Joanie Schultz, whose staging of Michael John Garces's Acts of Mercy was well received earlier this year, directs Garces's study of a couple trying to communicate with their young daughter after

an incident.

Spoon Reader Anthology

Penny Penniston and Jeremy Wechsler's effort is described as "a modern epistolary play." Nick Bowling directs.

Tight Pants

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 9 PM

Concert

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Cool Shoes

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Further Adventures of Chickengirl: I Try to Help When

I Can

Nic Dimond directs a piece by Julia Edwards.

Last Night

Jack Goodstein's "experiment in role reversal" is directed by Ken Lee.

Ties

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Fur Trigger

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Optimist

Jessica Thebus directs Robert Coleman's take on "one man's best effort to

find love."

The Wedding Album of Sandy Benito's Wedding

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

They Said We Were Soldiers

A Valley Forge veteran recalls the campaign in Steve Amick's play, directed by Jen Shook.

Tornado

Eric Ziegenhagen directs Wendy McLeod's play about "missed opportunity."

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 7 PM

Affair Play

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Concert

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Last Night

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Fix

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

September 11th--Parson O'Reilly--33 and Bowling

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Spoon Reader Anthology

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Tight Pants

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Optimist

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

They Said We Were Soldiers

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Tornado

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 9 PM

Cool Shoes

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

A Dream of Drown

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Further Adventures of Chickengirl: I Try to Help When

I Can

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

It's 11 AM

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Nine Ten

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Please No Spitting

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Tell Her That

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Ties

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Fur Trigger

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Wedding Album of Sandy Benito's Wedding

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 7 PM

Concert

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Cool Shoes

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Further Adventures of Chickengirl: I Try to Help When

I Can

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Fix

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

September 11th--Parson O'Reilly--33 and Bowling

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Tell Her That

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Ties

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Tight Pants

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

They Said We Were Soldiers

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Tornado

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 8 PM

Affair Play

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

A Dream of Drown

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

It's 11 AM

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Fix

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

September 11th--Parson O'Reilly--33 and Bowling

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Please No Spitting

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Spoon Reader Anthology

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Tell Her That

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

The Optimist

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

They Said We Were Soldiers

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 8 PM

The Further Adventures of Chickengirl: I Try to Help When

I Can

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

It's 11 AM

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Last Night

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Nine Ten

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Tell Her That

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Ties

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Fur Trigger

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Wedding Album of Sandy Benito's Wedding

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Tornado

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

The Optimist

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 8 PM

Affair Play

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Cool Shoes

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

A Dream of Drown

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Further Adventures of Chickengirl: I Try to Help When

I Can

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Last Night

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Nine Ten

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Please No Spitting

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Spoon Reader Anthology

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Tight Pants

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Wedding Album of Sandy Benito's Wedding

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 8 PM

Concert

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

Last Night

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Fix

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

September 11th--Parson O'Reilly--33 and Bowling

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Please No Spitting

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

Spoon Reader Anthology

See listing for Friday, June 7, 7 PM.

The Fur Trigger

See listing for Thursday, June 6.

The Optimist

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

They Said We Were Soldiers

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Tornado

See listing for Friday, June 7, 9 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Saverio Truglia.

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