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Playwrights at work: clear view for public

Updated: December 3, 2012 12:38AM

When Ernest Hemingway wrote about “a clean, well-lighted place,” he didn’t exactly have a window in Chicago’s Loop in mind.

But beginning Tuesday and continuing through Dec. 22, a group of Chicago playwrights will take up rotating residence in a large streetside window of Expo 72, located at 72 E. Randolph, where they will work on a current project in real time and in full view of the public.

It’s all part of the Storefront Writing Project, devised by the League of Chicago Theaters in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and modeled after a similar undertaking staged in New York.

The many playwrights involved, including Ike Holter, Philip Dawkins, Brett Neveu, Rob Koon, Seth Bockley, Sarah Gubbins and Greg Allen, will receive a stipend of $50 for each four-hour shift in the window. The project will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with passersby able to read the writers’ work-in-progress as it is projected on a large screen in the window.

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