Now in its third year,Chicagoworks features world premieres by Chicago authors or Chicago premieres by authors with strong Chicago connections. Schedule: January 26, 27 and 28th Just Pretend - written and directed by Colby Sellers A comedy-drama that looks at some of our most base and necessary primal desires and needs, and in doing so reminds us that we get what we need when we're really ready for it. Out Of My Mind - written and directed by Blake Walton TV star Jake Burrows has spent the past 8 years hiding the fact that he is gay in order to protect his career even if this means a life of loneliness and unfulfilling relationships. In steps Fred Nathan who challenges him to tear down his walls and open his heart. All of this is happening in the mind of "Writer" who depends on the characters he has created to interact with him but to take on a life of their own and ultimately lead him through the story. Three Note Organ - written by Robert Louis Oakes, directed by Laurel Haines A sad clown, a bag of broken glass, and the Backstreet Boys. Sounds like the perfect comedy. Or is it? Sharon and Ruth lead you on an unexpected quest to discover the meaning of the Three Note Organ. February 2, 3rd and 4th Liberty - written by Sarah Warner, directed by Nathan Robbel The story of two lonely individuals who find comfort in a glitter-packaged pop star icon. It is a tale of desire and the want for companionship in the world of cyberspace and carefully crafted media icons. THINGS - written and directed by Jennifer Dobby A young woman speaks candidly to her ex-significant other, at length of their failed relationship. It becomes evident that it's quite possible one should never hear the real reasons love backfires, nor should one believe that closure will render heartache mended. It's true that some things are better left unsaid, yet what happens when they're spoken? Kichel - written by David Alex, directed by Libya Pugh What starts as a misunderstanding and difference in etymolgy, ends in a respectful friendship between a Jewish and African American man at the zoo sharing Kichel. The definition of a Kichel is a jewish pastry made of eggs and water; often covered with sugar.