Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/8

June 8, 2011

1. Yesterday's Jeff Awards confusion left Brenda Didier without an award and a little confused. Now Jeff spokesman Jeffrey Marks is saying that there were always supposed to be two winners in the category of Best Director in a Musical. "It should have been two winners," said Marks. (Didier) is getting a plaque today with her name and show." Apparently, there was a statistical tie, and the Jeff Awards is investigating why it appeared as though Didier was not getting an award.

2. The Goodman Theatre's cast of Red for the 2011-12 season has been announced. Rothko will be played by Edward Gero, and his assistant will be played by Patrick Andrews. In case you feel like people have been left out, think again; the play has only two characters.

3. On June 14, LeapFest 8 opens at Stage Left theater. Expect productions about John Wilkes Booth, Iraq war vets, Chicago reporters, an Indian village crippled with drought, and cancer. Three plays from previous years of LeapFest have received Jeff Awards for Best New Work.

4. Party for The Paper Machete! The WBEZ partner in crime and live magazine has moved locations, and is raising funds. On June 25, donate a mere $20 to keep this great new addition to Chicago culture alive. Expect performances and music that are TBA.

5. We're all focused on summer, but the Chicago Humanities Festival is eagerly adding panelists for their 22nd annual event this fall. One of the latest is the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, which will perform The Matter of Origins, "a new multimedia work that explores the physics and origins of the universe, humankind's technological advances." The theme for the entire fesitval is tech-knowledge.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.