WBEZ | resident playwrights http://www.wbez.org/tags/resident-playwrights Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Adapting Sophocles for modern times http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-15/daily-rehearsal-adapting-sophocles-modern-times-92028 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/Sophocles%20600x300%20web%20image%20v2(1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-15/Sophocles%2520600x300%2520web%2520image%2520v2%281%29.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 150px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Man-about-town Sean Graney is doing well adapting classic texts</strong></span></span>; <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14940787/sophocles-seven-sicknesses-at-the-hypocrites-theater-review">Kris Vire says</a> his style could be described as "an indifference to language and context but with a consummate reverence for theme." But Graney's <em>Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses </em>at the <a href="http://www.the-hypocrites.com/">Hypocrties </a>is reportedly equipped with a "phenomenal 12-person ensemble" and an evening that is almost four hours long. Ouch.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The Chicago Dramatists have announced</strong></span></span> their new Resident Playwrights. They include Reginald Edmund, Rohina Malik, Jayme McGhan, and Martín Zimmerman. Those are <em>some</em> names. They'll keep 11 residents going in a three-year term, to work with the company on original plays. Some past writers-in-residence include Tina Fey and Sarah Ruhl, so you're in good company.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Don't know what to do?</strong></span></span> <em>Be a Good Little Widow</em>&nbsp;at Collaboraction this weekend. It's a funny play about death by Bekah Brunstetter that did well in New York in May, when <a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/theater/reviews/be-a-good-little-widow-at-ars-nova-review.html">David Rooney wrote</a>, "Written when Ms. Brunstetter was a 2009 playwright in residence at Ars Nova, this modest but delicately satisfying serio-comedy keeps threatening to get cute, yet always chooses a more unexpected direction."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-15/the reader arts preview.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 174px; height: 200px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Oracle (or "public access theater")</strong></span></span> has released the listings for their 2012 season. They'll have <em>Ironmistress </em>by April De Angelis, <em>The Maids</em> by Jean Genet, and <em>The Sandman</em> by E.T.A. Hoffmann. And <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-05/daily-rehearsal-marc-maron-takes-over-chicago-and-interview-show-90"><em>Radio Goggles</em></a> is back, for a round two. It all starts in early January.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. More fall performance previews</strong></span></span>, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/fall-arts-season-preview-listings-shows/Content?oid=4622139">today courtesy of the <em>Reader </em></a>on their usual Thursday. They'll tell you about directors, comedians and choreographers to watch (all of whom are male; take note).</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-15/daily-rehearsal-adapting-sophocles-modern-times-92028