The Freshness Initiative 2016/17

date range
May 1, 2017
Jul 31, 2017


1. newly created, newly made
2. not previously known, used, faded or impaired
3. clean or pure
4. very good/“fly”
5. (of water) not salt

All readings are free, but we strongly suggest RSVPing to secure your seat.
For tickets, please RSVP to tickets [at] sideshowtheatre [dot] org.

Each year Sideshow Theatre Company invites three of Chicago's hottest playwrights to develop brand new, full-length, totally fresh works inside the laboratory of The Freshness Initiative. During the year-long program, Sideshow artists and staff work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result is three bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences' expectations of what a Sideshow play might be.


Wally World
by Isaac Gomez
directed by Gabrielle Randle
Monday, May 1, 7:30pm

Something Clean
by Selina Fillinger
directed by Lauren Shouse
Monday, June 26, 7:30pm

by J. Nicole Brooks
directed by Jonathan L. Green
Monday, July 31, 7:30pm


The 2016/17 Freshness Initiative is supported by the Dramatists Guild Fund and The Saints.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.



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2433 N Lincoln Ave