Image: The four featured playwrights of The Syndicate’s First Read. They are hunched over, smiling, looking down towards the camera. The sky and West Loop buildings are above and behind them. June Thiel, wearing a buttoned white shirt with a grey vest. Lucas Garcia, wearing a dark blue shirt with an unbuttoned, red long-sleeved shirt. Theo Germaine, wearing a red, pink and blue striped shirt with a black leather jacket. Gavin Pak, wearing a grey trench coat, pink shirt, and black hat. a maroon button up with a navy t-shirt underneath. On their left ear is a golden flower earring. Photo by Joshua Johnson