Frequently Asked Questions

What is indomitable?
In·dom·i·tuh·buhl (adj.) Incapable of being subdued; unconquerable. As used in a sentence: Your story is indomitable, and we need to hear it ASAP.

How long is the Marathon?
Our 26.2 hour Marathon spans three days, July 21-23, 2017. Some pieces will perform multiple times and audiences will be able to choose between a day or weekend pass.

Performances will take place during the following hours:
Friday, July 21st: 7 PM to 1 AM
Saturday, July 22nd: 1 PM to 1 AM
Sunday, July 23rd: 10 AM to 10 PM

What kind of pieces can I submit?
The Marathon is looking to fill its performance spaces with theatre pieces at any point in their development process. You are welcome to submit a proposal for a staged reading, a fully realized production, or anything in between. As for what constitutes a theatre piece, we leave that up to you to define. Surprise us!

What is the deadline to submit, and when will I hear back?
Submissions will close on May 25th and artists will be notified of their inclusion in the Marathon by June 8th.

I want to be involved, but I don’t have a piece in mind. Can I still participate?
Yes! Individual artists should use the same Artist Submission form to tell us what kind of role they would like. We are mostly looking for directors and actors, but artists of all disciplines are encouraged to submit and we will do our best to match you with a project!

What is a new work?
We define new work as anything that has not received a production in its current form (sorry Chekhov purists). However, we welcome new adaptations, rewrites of your old work, or that play that’s been sitting in your sock drawer since 1992. You should pick a piece that will benefit from this process and from being in front of an audience for the first time.

What does it mean if my play is “in development”?
“In development” means that you are hoping to continue making changes to your piece over the marathon weekend, between public performances. Pieces in development may perform multiple times and artists are encouraged to consider rehearsing and integrating audience feedback between showings. We have this question on the submission form so that we don’t put your public performances too close together.

What are the technical capabilities of the three stages?
There are two performance spaces at 1802 N Berenice: The black box theatre and the lobby. The black box has a rep plot and a sound system, both of which can be used but not changed for each show. The lobby will not have additional lighting or sound capabilities.

Pieces chosen for the marathon will communicate with our staff about their technical needs in the weeks following their acceptance. No matter what space you piece performs in, all technical elements should be easily struck and stowed after each performance. No permanent fixtures will be permitted.

Click here to see a video of Strawdog Space.

How will tech times work? How much time will I get in the space before the marathon starts?
Tech times will be scheduled in the space the week before the festival, starting on Thursday, July 13th. If your piece is 15 or 30 minutes long, you will get an hour of tech time. If your piece is 45 minutes or an hour long, you will get two hours of tech time.

Can union members participate in the marathon?
Unfortunately, we do not have an agreement with any of the entertainment unions and we cannot have union members join us at this time.

Can you provide funding for my project?
We are unable to provide funding for any projects, but we will do our best to match you with artists who can fill any roles you need. It is up to, and the responsibility of, each artist to decide if they will provide compensation for anyone involved in their project.

So then what do I get if my piece is accepted into the Chicago Theatre Marathon?
You get a space to put up your work in for free. There are no submission fees to be a part of CTM, not even after your piece has been accepted into the marathon. Additionally, you and every collaborator involved in your piece gets an Artist Pass, which gives folks the freedom to see all 26.2 hours of the marathon at no cost. Plus you’ll be part of one of the most creative, accessible, and powerful theatre experiences in Chicago.