WBEZ | First Folio Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/first-folio-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Olivia Newton-John, naturally http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-olivia-newton-john-naturally-101057 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/210255319_623332b72a_z.jpg" style="height: 393px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Newton-John at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989. Amazing. (Flickr/Alan Light)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Coming to the Paramount</strong></span></span>: Olivia Newton-John! November 10, 8 pm. Tickets vary in price from $50 to $75.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Regina Taylor of <em>Crowns</em> </strong></span></span>stopped by <em>Afternoon Shift </em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/regina-taylors-crowns-lifts-lid-violence-family-and-faith-101036">yesterday</a>.</p><p><strong>-&nbsp;First Folio Theatre</strong> is doing a staged reading of<em> Shylock and his Daughter</em> by Maurice Schwartz&nbsp;on Thursday, July 26 and Thursday, August 2, 9, and 16, all at 8:15 pm. It&#39;s <em>The Merchant of Venice</em>, but from the perspective of Shylock, as the title would suggest.<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; ">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- And a shameless plug</strong></span></span>: check out my <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/hungry-artists">Hungry Artists</a> series about young Chicagoans try to make it in creative, performance-related fields.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-olivia-newton-john-naturally-101057 Daily Rehearsal: Riverfront Theater postpones multiple shows http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-riverfront-theater-postpones-multiple-shows-100505 <p><p>- <a href="http://www.firstfolio.org/"><strong>First Folio Theatre</strong></a> has announced their 2012-13 season, which will include <em>The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story</em>, <em>Jeeves Takes a Bow</em>, <em>Underneath the Lintel</em> and <em>Shakespeare&#39;s Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The essentially defunct <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/chicagomuse">Chicago Muse</a> is passing half a million dollars to Chicago Shakes</strong></span></span>, <a href="http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/Chicago-Muse-Closing-Gift-Inaugurates-New-Fund-At-Chicago-Shakespeare-Theater-20120627#">reports Broadway World</a>. It will &quot;establish a newly endowed fund at CST in support of the Theater&rsquo;s ongoing commitment to commission, develop and produce new musicals.&quot; Particularly necessary, given the dearth of original musicals being produced these days,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hesherman.com/2012/06/28/narrow-chances-for-new-broadway-musicals/">argue some</a>.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/riverfront%20theater_2.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px; " title="A rendering of the Riverfront Theater." />-&nbsp;<strong>Riverfront Theater is postponing</strong>&nbsp;<em>Spirit of the Dance</em>&nbsp;&quot;indefinitely&quot; due to &quot;scheduling issues&quot;; they&#39;ve also pushed back Rocket Man and Man in the Mirror. Their next performance is <em>La Soiree</em> which starts July 18.&nbsp;&ldquo;At the new Riverfront Theater, we look forward to the greatly anticipated US Premiere of <em>La Soiree</em>,&quot; said&nbsp;Producer Robert Butters in a statement. &quot;In the meantime, we are in the process of planning a quality inaugural season as one of Chicago&rsquo;s premier entertainment venues. The Riverfront Theater is a destination for high production values, great entertainment, pre- and post-show socializing and easy parking. We are committed to bringing the very best shows to Chicago&rsquo;s discerning audiences.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto: kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-riverfront-theater-postpones-multiple-shows-100505 First Folio Theatre chases what matters http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-14/first-folio-theatre-chases-what-matters-93970 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-14/first folio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-14/first folio.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 361px; height: 200px; " title=""><a href="http://firstfolio.org/">First Folio Theatre</a> is competing for a grant from <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/">Chase Community Giving</a> for a really interesting project it's working on for the coming summer. (Just about now you're ready to think about summer's coming, aren't you?) The company will supplement its own production of <em>The Merchant of Venice</em>, and the celebration of its 15th anniversary, with a broader set of programs over six weeks entitled The Merchant Project.</p><p>The project includes staged readings of a number of variations and comments on Merchant, including the <a href="http://www.nationaljewishtheater.com/index.html">National Jewish Theatre'</a>s staging of <em>Shylock and His Daughter</em> by Maurice Schwartz; <a href="http://www.teatrovista.org/">Teatro Vista</a>'s <em>The Merchant of Santa Fe</em> by Ramon Flores and Lynn Butler; <a href="http://www.signalensemble.com/">Signal Ensemble</a> doing <em>The Jew of Malta</em> by Christopher Marlowe; and a reprise reading of the <a href="http://www.srtp.org/blog/category/merchantonvenice/">acclaimed</a> <em>Merchant on Venice</em> by Shishir Kurup from <a href="http://www.silkroadrising.org/">Silk Road Rising</a> (formerly Silk Road Theatre Project).&nbsp;</p><p>Naturally, such an ambitious project requires $$$$$, and First Folio hopes to separate Chase Community Giving from $25,000 for providing such a fine example of artistic collaboration. &nbsp;To do so requires persuading its supporters (and, presumably, those of its four collaborators) to flood--not to say stuff!--the ballot box in the remaining week of Facebook voting. (Voting closes November 22.)</p><p>It's all very well to be snobby and disapproving about popularity-contest charity, and about corporate marketing stunts masquerading as charity (and I am); but if you share my disdain for the process, just hold your nose while you <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving?sk=app_162065369655&amp;iq_id=40705268">vote</a> to secure resources for a more-than-worthy cause (or five).</p></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-14/first-folio-theatre-chases-what-matters-93970