WBEZ | How to Start Your Own Theater Company http://www.wbez.org/tags/how-start-your-own-theater-company Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: How to start your own theater company http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-06/daily-rehearsal-how-start-your-own-theater-company-88795 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-06/06nelson-book-articleInline.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/25118789?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" width="300" align="right" frameborder="0" height="221" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">1.&nbsp;<em>Station's Lost</em></span></strong></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">&nbsp;is still running at Steppenwolf</span></strong></span> Thursdays through Sundays until July 24. Director Ann Filmer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-27/16th-streets-ann-filmer-visits-boyland-85757">recently told Laura Molzahn that</a>&nbsp;while planning their upcoming 2012 season, she's "always trying to think, ‘What’s on our minds now?’ And everything’s changing so quickly! I don’t know what we’re going to be obsessed with—or what we’re gonna be ignoring and should be obsessed with—next year. I’m trying not to be a total depressive freak.”</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">2. <a href="http://aboutfacetheatre.com/">About Face Theatre</a> is having a benefit performance</span></strong></span> for their Youth Theatre program on July 28 at Victory Gardens, if you have a spare hundred lying around. The work previewed is called <em>What's the T? Examining the "T" in LGBTQ</em>, and the teens will use the work to&nbsp;explore trans identity. About Face's current production is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-16/critics-theater-picks-617-619-87964"><em>The Homosexuals</em></a>.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-06/06nelson-book-articleInline.jpg" style="width: 190px; height: 284px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Wondering how to start your own theater company?</strong></span></span> Reginald Nelson is answering your questions over at the <em>Times</em>' ArtsBeat blog, as inspired by his book <em><a href="http://www.theatrestartup.com/index.php">How to Start Your Own Theater Company</a></em>, which includes an introduction by David Schwimmer. Nelson knows what he's talking about; he was managing director of the <a href="http://congosquaretheatre.org/wordpress/">Congo Square Theater Company</a>. Thus far, he's answered questions about the importance of location, funding opportunities, and how to market your company. Nelson will continue to respond to your queries through tomorrow.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Another week, another Geek Girl Burlesque</strong></span></span>; this one is entitled <em>A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque</em>, and it combines your favorite movie with a discotheque from the 70s. The Geek Girls say, "Don't make us FORCE you to come!" which is a terrible pun, but there you go. It opens Saturday night at <a href="http://www.gorillatango.com/cgi-bin/public/gttv2.cgi?location_number=2&amp;shows=yes">Gorilla Tango</a>, and runs through summer. A note: as usual, leave the kids at home for this one.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Jane Austen isn't just being adapted into a zombie flick</strong></span></span>; every Thursday this month and next, her work will be performed as part of Chemically Imbalanced's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improvised-Jane-Austen/109572246055?sk=info"><em>Improvised Jane Austen</em></a>, creating "a Regency love story on the spot." These ten female comedians may not be the undead, but <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/TheMissAustens">their Twitter feed</a> is pretty entertaining.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 19:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-06/daily-rehearsal-how-start-your-own-theater-company-88795