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Sketchbook 'One 

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The CollaborAction Theatre Company's second annual festival of short plays includes entries by David Mamet, Eric Bogosian, Brett Neveu, Regina Taylor, Beth Henley, and Wendy MacLeod. This "progressive mixed-media festival" also features visual art (environmental design by Wesley Kimler as well as a display of drawings by local artists, including Ed Paschke and Tony Fitzpatrick, which will be silently auctioned throughout the festival); DJs creating soundscapes 45 minutes before each performance; and a live video Web broadcast on closing night.

Sketchbook 'One takes place at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western, with shows nightly at 8 PM through March 3; each night features a different program of eight sketches. A closing-night marathon performance of all 17 entries will begin at 6 PM on Sunday, March 4; at this show, the sketches will be judged by a panel of dramaturges, agents, casting directors, and other industry professionals as well as artists in various media. Tickets are $15 for all shows except the March 4 closing performance, which is $25 (the price includes a closing-night party). Festival passes, which cost $25, offer admission to all shows except the closing night. For more information, call 312-409-2741 or visit the festival Web site at www.collaboraction.org.

Following is the schedule for March 1 through 4; the running order of each program is subject to change.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

Scenes From the New World

This excerpt from Eric Bogosian's new collection of character sketches finds a narrator welcoming viewers to a contemporary, voyeuristic world. It's directed by festival director John Cabrera.

Chemistry

Eric Ziegenhagen directs Wendy MacLeod's study of a female science professor trying to seduce a chemist who looks like a praying mantis.

Leaving

Beth Henley's playlet about a woman rummaging through her grandmother's memories is staged by Jennifer Shook.

Goodbye Pablo, Goodbye George

Ellen Fairey wrote this memory piece about a 12-year-old girl recalling her parents' relationship. It's directed by Jessica Thebus.

Jazz Genius: A Symposium

Speakers try to outdo each other with outlandish anecdotes about great jazz musicians in this comic piece by Steve Amick. Matt Miller directs.

Room 21

Mandy Ratliff's playlet is an enigmatic portrait of a woman who checks into a motel room that comes complete with a shotgun under the bed. It's directed by Joanie Schultz.

The Veranda

Doug Bedwell's play depicts "another night of whiskey sours and Russian roulette on the veranda." It's staged by Lila M. Strommer.

Laugh and the World Might Not

Life in a family of clowns is the subject of Zac Richardson's play; it's directed by Sean Graney.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

Scenes From the New World

See listing for Thursday.

Goodbye Pablo, Goodbye George

See listing for Thursday.

Jazz Genius: A Symposium

See listing for Thursday.

Hola, Amigo

Brett Neveu's piece examines the relationship between two coworkers hoisting margaritas in a bar. Greg Westler directs.

Paper Thin

Lindsay Price's piece about "the effects of thin dry wall on contemporary society" is directed by Eric Graves.

Room 21

See listing for Thursday.

Love Poem #98

Regina Taylor's portrait of an urban relationship is directed by Kimberly Senior.

The Neighbor

Evan Cater's study of suburban paranoia is directed by Saket Soni.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

Scenes From the New World

See listing for Thursday.

Chemistry

See listing for Thursday.

The Vestibule

Joe Brady's portrait of a couple trapped in a vestibule is directed by John Gawlik.

Go!

Jonathan Jacobs's farce concerns a man credited with inventing "the American art of paper frogs." Adam Belcuore directs.

Abstention

Jonathan Mastro's vignette examines the work and family life of a janitor; Jeremy Cohen directs.

Film Crew

Two male movie grips, one older and one younger, engage in a bull session. Sounds like David Mamet? That's because he wrote it. Jim Dennen directs.

The Veranda

See listing for Thursday.

Laugh and the World Might Not

See listing for Thursday.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

Scenes From the New World

See listing for Thursday.

Chemistry

See listing for Thursday.

The Vestibule

See listing for Saturday.

Leaving

See listing for Thursday.

Go!

See listing for Saturday.

Goodbye Pablo, Goodbye George

See listing for Thursday.

Jazz Genius: A Symposium

See listing for Thursday.

Differences in Jealousy

Samien Schoen's play concerns a conflict between two men; it's directed by Barry Brunetti.

Abstention

See listing for Saturday.

Hola, Amigo

See listing for Friday.

Paper Thin

See listing for Friday.

Room 21

See listing for Thursday.

Film Crew

See listing for Saturday.

The Veranda

See listing for Thursday.

Love Poem #98

See listing for Friday.

Laugh and the World Might Not

See listing for Thursday.

The Neighbor

See listing for Friday.

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

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