On Monday night N.U.F.A.N. held its annual Seven Plays in Seven Days festival. Seven directors had rehearsed seven scripts by Chicago playwrights for seven days and the results were quite lovely. All of the pieces were well acted and well written. For a short play festival in Chicago, the productions was quite good.
N.U.F.A.N.'s commitment to promoting young artists came through in a big way. There were several scripts written by first time writes, several first time actors, and another handful of actors who were performing for the first time on Chicago stages.
More companies need to produce work like this. It is a forum for many actors, directors, and writers to flex their muscles without demanding too much of them. And in the end it exposes a diverse cross section of audience members to a larger range of artists than a normal night at the theatre. And it's a great way for a company to find new talent too.
Happy Birthday: Alan Menkin (b. 1949)