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We have always valued new work at The Gift and we want to continue to contribute to Chicago’s reputation for turning out the best new plays in the country. – Co-Artistic Director Brittany Burch

In The Works is a staged reading series focused on fresh plays by local playwrights. Curated by Co-Artistic Director Brittany Burch, performances are hosted on the city’s Northwest side and exclusively open to The Gift subscribers. To learn more about In The Works and exclusive subscriber programming email


Our next In The Works performance will be a reading of The Fires by Jennifer Rumberger (The Locusts, 2022) on June 10, 2024 at 7pm. This performance will take place at Filament Theatre.

Two men sit outside a 7/11 in downtown Los Angeles, watching a wildfire come closer and closer, the latest in a series of natural catastrophes that have caused massive casualties all over the United States. Other than a traveling newsman bringing stories of the fates of other Americans, they are the last people alive.  As the fire gets closer, they are forced to contend with the end of not only their relationship, but their lives as well.