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Winter Sketchbook 2000

The CollaborAction Theatre Company's festival of short plays features 16 works of ten minutes or less, including several world, American, or local premieres. The sketches--which will be performed in an abstract environment created for the occasion by Chicago artist Wesley Kimler--will be judged by a panel of local theater directors and teachers, with awards being given in the categories of best writer, best actor, best director, and best work.

"Winter Sketchbook 2000" runs through March 5: performances take place at 8 PM Thursday-Saturday (each program features seven sketches) and at 5 PM on Sunday, when all 16 pieces will be performed in a closing night marathon. (The running order of each program given below is subject to change, and at press time the running order for the closing program had not been determined.) Performances take place on the main stage of the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 312-409-2741. Tickets are $15 per night except for the Sunday marathon, which costs $25 (price includes a postshow party). A $25 festival pass is good for admission to all performances except the March 5 marathon.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

Rough Cut

Marjie Rynearson's drama, directed by Jeffrey Dudek, concerns a woman's fight against disease.

I Miss Life

Jesse Weaver's new comedy, directed by Jimmy McDermott, concerns a woman "in denial of her infertility."

Toast

Adam Theisen directs G. Riley Mills's sketch about a woman who receives bad news from the mailman.

Dead Dwarf Intermezzo

John Weagly's play about "the vaudevillian discovery of a dead midget" is directed by Jen Ellison.

Birds of Prey

Shade Murray directs Elizabeth Scales Rheinfrank's play about a mysterious ex-con in a dive bar.

I've Decided It Was Raining the Last Time I Saw You

Amanda Delheimer directs the U.S. premiere of L.C. Carson's study of a failed relationship.

Dirty Laundry

William Borden's new play, directed by Ian Vogt, finds a young writer in a small-town coin laundry.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

Enter . . . the Poet

Brenda Krantz's comedy, directed by Ian Armstrong in its midwest premiere, concerns an unemployed typist ensnared in "the mating rituals of the artistic elite."

Products in the Last Refuge

Kristin Goodman directs Guy Jackson's study of a pair of teen terrorists.

The Pratts

W. Shaunessy Ashdown directs the world premiere of Tim Nordwind's comedy.

Two Women on the Train Talking About Depression

Ann Filmer directs Brett Neveu's new play.

I've Decided It Was Raining the Last Time I Saw You

See listing for Thursday.

Toast

See listing for Thursday.

Phlegm

Lusia Strus directs Jonathan Mastro's comedy about two women searching for a sense of peace in church.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

I Miss Life

See listing for Thursday.

Covers

Sandra Perlman's play, about two pregnant teenagers sharing secrets, is staged by Marta Suarez.

Lost

Beth Henley, author of Crimes of the Heart, penned this portrait of "the gut-wrenching pathos of American sexual relations." Jay Paul Skelton directs.

The Road From Euclid

Rebecca Gilman's new drama, directed by Rich Taylor, examines the gulf between small-town nostalgia and reality.

Birds of Prey

See listing for Thursday.

Dirty Laundry

See listing for Thursday.

Tuning in El Paso

An 11-year-old girl considers her past and her future possibilities in her new Texas home in Ellen Fairey's new play. Matt Miller directs.

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

Birds of Prey

See listing for Thursday.

Covers

See listing for Saturday.

Dead Dwarf Intermezzo

See listing for Thursday.

Dirty Laundry

See listing for Thursday.

Enter . . . the Poet

See listing for Friday.

I Miss Life

See listing for Thursday.

I've Decided It Was Raining the Last Time I Saw You

See listing for Thursday.

Lost

See listing for Saturday.

Phlegm

See listing for Friday.

The Pratts

See listing for Friday.

Products in the Last Refuge

See listing for Friday.

The Road From Euclid

See listing for Saturday.

Rough Cut

See listing for Thursday.

Toast

See listing for Thursday.

Tuning in El Paso

See listing for Saturday.

Two Women on the Train Talking About Depression

See listing for Friday.

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

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