MArch 15-18, 7pm

6 plays
6 directors
1 incredible show

short play festival

Actors will perform in a series of 6 short plays written specifically for them by Mudlark and Chicago area playwrights.

In each of these self contained stories, actors will get a chance to work in tight-knit mini casts with some of their favorite Mudlark directors telling stories that range in tone, genre, and theme. 

What is the short play festival?

Each actor will be cast in one short play AND either a prologue or epilogue piece. 

All actors are called to every rehearsal on the day that their individual play rehearses. Actors are also ALL CALLED for the following GROUP REHEARSALS  on SATURDAYS: 10am-1pm on

Saturday, February 3
Saturday February 17
Saturday, March 3


MONDAY (starting January 29th), 4:30-6:30pm
Brothers and Sisters, by Jose Nateras
Directed by Mari DeOleo


MONDAY (starting January 29th), 4:30-6:30pm
The Tale Mariad Tylwyth, by Christina Lepri
Directed by Jess Hutchinson


THURSDAY (starting February 1st), 4:30-6:30pm
The Golden Ball, by Hilary Williams
Directed by Nick Thorton


THURSDAY (starting February 1st), 4:30-6:30pm
Toil and Trouble, by Emily Dendinger
Directed by Leda Hoffman

FRIDAY (starting February 2nd), 4:30-6:30pm
Peonies in Winter, by John Taflan
Directed by Kaiser Ahmed


FRIDAY (starting February 2nd), 4:30-6:30pm
Changer, by June Thiele
Directed by Felix Mayes


Have more questions? Email the Festival Producers, Krista D'Agostino and Christina Lepri at

How is it different from other Mudlark shows?

Due to the tremendous volume of talented, experienced actors who came to auditions this year, we had to do something to meet the demands of our growing community without diluting the rehearsal experience of our tight-knit casts or over-extending our artists. 

Also, short plays are exciting. They are an opportunity to tell meaningful, funny stories in a compacted way. They move quickly and give audiences a buffet of performances to enjoy from. 

Why Short Plays?