"Class. Drama. Excitement." — Terry Guest (Season II Playwright)

Welcome to The Story

We're working to be the next best thing in Chicago theatre, prioritizing curiosity over certainty and equity over hierarchy. Will you join us?

New Play Festival


10.19 – 10.23

Chicago Playwrights

Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom

Lane Anthony Flores

Eli Campbell

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The Story Theatre's New Play Festival

The Story is committed to the next great plays to come out of Chicago, and that commitment doesn't waver even in times of uncertainty. Our New Play Festival this fall uplifts the work of three Chicago playwrights through a week-long celebration of new work, including: three Zoom readings featuring local Chicago talent; interviews with directors, designers, and writers; a panel by The Story Governing Ensemble; and a dialogue with arts advocates from around our city who are determined to keep our industry alive. Check back soon for more information on pay-what-you-can ticketing!

The New Play Festival has been made possible thanks to a generous contribution from The Heath Fund.

Learn More About The Story

"This is a small company that is not afraid to take risks, as evidenced by last year’s Leave Me Alone, and now, as a resident company at Raven, they have a wonderful house to perform in. If Friday night’s enthusiastic sold-out audience is any indication, this company is doing things right."

Emerging Playwright Residency

The Story is developing the next great American plays by investing in the next great Chicago playwrights.

Meet Our Playwright


Art is not created in a vacuum. Learn more about our dedication to building community through theatre.

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Artistic Governing Ensemble

The best art comes from collaboration. See how we've made collaborative governance the cornerstone of our company.

Meet Our Artists