Daily Rehearsal: Raven Theatre's 2012-13 (and 30th anniversary) season announced

May 7, 2012

1. Lou Manfredini will be the "Thirteenth Tenor" for opening night of The Twelve Tenors at Riverfront Theater. “If you listen to my show [WGN's Mr. Fix-It]  you know I love to sing. Hopefully the fact that I’m a Baritone and not Irish won’t bring the whole thing down, I am very excited to be a part of this and I know it will be a lot of fun,” said Manfredini in a statement.

2. Theater on the Lake will get their own very special Non-Equity Jeff Award for their 60th anniversary. Those are June 4 at Park West. "Festive cocktail attire is suggested, and the public is cordially invited."

3. How to lead post-show discussions, for fun and for profit from Brant Russell who works for Steppenwolf. "[L]eading post-show discussions at Steppenwolf has been a process of constant discovery," writes Russell. Some of his suggestions?  "Don’t lead a discussion for a play you’ve directed or produced" and "Ignore a**holes."

4. The Wind Up is Comedy of Chicago approved, and rocking Thursdays at the Laugh Factory. They say it's "the first independently produced showcase at a nationally recognized comedy club."

5. Raven Theatre's 2012-13 season (30th!) has been announced: The Big Knife by Clifford Odets starts in fall; Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman; A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller; and Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. They've also just extended Wiggerlover [white boy+black dad=grey areas] an additional three week's of Friday performances.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.