WBEZ | Theater on the Lake http://www.wbez.org/tags/theater-lake Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 3Arts Awards winners announced http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-3arts-awards-winners-announced-103297 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5-Halena%20Kays-bw.jpg" style="height: 338px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Halena Kays (Courtesy of 3Arts Awards)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.3arts.org">3Arts</a> has announced the ten local recipients</strong></span></span> of their 3Arts Awards, all of whom will receive $15,000 to use on their own projects. The chosen few are:&nbsp;choreographers&nbsp;Monique Haley&nbsp;and&nbsp;Nejla Yatkin; vocalist&nbsp;Dee Alexander&nbsp;and instrumentalist&nbsp;Lanialoha Lee; teaching artists&nbsp;Miguel Aguilar&nbsp;and&nbsp;Avery Young; lighting designer&nbsp;Heather Gilbert&nbsp;and director&nbsp;Halena Kays; and visual artists&nbsp;Harold Mendez&nbsp;and&nbsp;Maria Vergara. They&#39;ll get their awards Monday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art.&nbsp;&quot;As we unveil the 2012 3Arts awardees, we also celebrate a major milestone for our organization,&quot; said 3Arts Executive Director Esther Grimm in a statement. &quot;In our first five years, 3Arts has distributed $1,000,000 to artists across the city---a testament to our dedication to supporting a diversity of artistic voices in our community.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; ">- Speaking of Halena Kays</span></strong></span>, she&#39;s having a good week/year: the Chicago Park District&#39;s has chosen her as one of the curators for next summer&#39;s Theater on the Lake&nbsp;season. Kays is artistic director of The Hypocrites, and she&#39;ll be joined by Joanie Schultz, freelance opera and theater director. They&#39;ll be announcing their picks in the spring.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Steppenwolf has added a final three performances</strong></span></span> to the run of <em>The Book Thief</em>; tickets to those performances go on sale October 24.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-3arts-awards-winners-announced-103297 Daily Rehearsal: Corn Productions celebrates a 20th anniversary http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-corn-productions-celebrates-20th-anniversary-99930 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Corn_front.jpg" style="float: left; " title="(Photo by Corn Productions)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Here are some&nbsp;<em>Afternoon Shift</em> segments</strong></span></span> you may have missed -- <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann/2012-06/kevin-smith-strikes-back-creating-smodcast-revolution-99849">Kevin Smith</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/stephen-merchant-out-office-and-back-stand-scene-99907">Stephen Merchant</a>,&nbsp;who created <em>The Office</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://cornservatory.org/">Corn Productions</a>&#39; 20th anniversary brings three shows</strong></span></span>: <em>The Champions of Improv Gladiators</em>,&nbsp;<em>Floss!</em>, <em>Tiff and Mom Get Sketchy</em>. They start July 12. Founding Artistic Director Robert Bouwman says that to have lasted this long, they&#39;ve needed, &ldquo;Grit, optimism, and indulging a guilty pleasure: proudly low-brow comedy. An occasional shot of Sambuca helps, too.&rdquo;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- There&#39;s </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/at-60-theater-on-the-lake-frisky/Content?oid=6615666"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>a nice piece</strong></span></span> in the <em>Reader </em>about Theater on the Lake</a>, in which Deanna Isaac praises the line-up and scope of this season, but has less positive things to say about the physical space, which she calls &quot;as decrepit as ever.&quot; In the comments section, media columnist Michael Miner writes, &quot;There was one show last summer or the year before where the cast was in full regalia and it was about 100 [degrees] and I told myself, &#39;If they can do it I can do it.&#39; But I couldn&#39;t. We all slipped out at intermission.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-corn-productions-celebrates-20th-anniversary-99930 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago Children's Theatre stays put http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-chicago-childrens-theatre-stays-put-99854 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Picture-2.png" style="float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;ITINERANT NO MORE</strong></span></span>, <a href="http://chicagochildrenstheatre.org">CHICAGO CHILDREN&#39;S THEATRE</a>&#39;S&nbsp;2012-13 SEASON TO BE STAGED IN ONE CONVENIENT LOCATION:&nbsp; THE RUTH PAGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS.&quot; LOVE the word itinerant. The company will be in-residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts; the 2012-13 season includes&nbsp;<em>Harold and the Purple Crayon (</em>directed by Sean Graney);&nbsp;<em>Bud, Not Buddy;</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Elephant &amp; The Whale</em>, which was produced with Redmoon. &quot;...we are so looking forward to our new residency at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts because it gives Chicagoland families one consistent location to experience a full season of exceptional theatrical programming,&quot; said Chicago Children&#39;s Theatre Artistic Director and Co-Founder Jacqueline Russell. There will be pizza parties.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Theater on the Lak</strong></span></span>e tickets went on sale <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/theater-on-the-lake/">yesterday</a>; get them while you can.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- River North Dance Chicago</strong></span></span>&#39;s debut at the Pritzker Pavilion might have been good talent-wise, but <a href="http://There's no measuring the benefit an outing at the Pritzker Pavilion means for a local dance troupe -- lustrous civic recognition mixed with a chance to show off talent to potential new audiences. But there are costs, too, including the fact that an outdoor venue this time of year and a performance before sunset diminishes one key attribute: lighting.">according to Sid Smith</a>, we should remember that outdoor productions often come with problematic lighting issues.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- You can win</strong></span></span> tickets to<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-new-manic-tony-award-previews-released-99660"> see Dave Hill</a> <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/win-tickets-to-see-dave-hill-at-second-city,79755/">perform at Second City</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-chicago-childrens-theatre-stays-put-99854 Daily Rehearsal: Raven Theatre's 2012-13 (and 30th anniversary) season announced http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-raven-theatres-2012-13-and-30th-anniversary-season <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Lou Manfredini </strong></span></span>will be the "Thirteenth Tenor" for opening night of <em>The Twelve Tenors</em> at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.RiverfrontTheater.com.">Riverfront Theater</a>.&nbsp;“If you listen to my show [WGN's <em>Mr. Fix-It</em>] &nbsp;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.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Theater on the Lake</strong></span></span> will get their own very special <a href="http://www.jeffawards.org">Non-Equity Jeff Award</a> for their 60th anniversary. Those are June 4 at Park West. "Festive cocktail attire is suggested, and the public is cordially invited."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.howlround.com/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-plays-how-to-lead-post-show-discussions-for-fun-and-profit-brant-russell/">How to lead post-show discussions</a></strong></span></span>, 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?&nbsp;&nbsp;"Don’t lead a discussion for a play you’ve directed or produced" and "Ignore a**holes."</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3791033870_5b45b12607_z.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 225px; " title="(Flickr/Jeff Zoline)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The Wind Up</strong></span></span> is Comedy of Chicago approved, and rocking Thursdays at the Laugh Factory. <a href="http://www.comedyofchicago.com/2012/04/wind-up-laugh-facotry.html#more">They say it's</a> "the&nbsp;first independently produced showcase at a nationally recognized comedy club."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Raven Theatre's 2012-13 season</strong></span></span> (30th!) has been announced: <em>The Big Knife</em> by Clifford Odets starts in fall; <em>Boy Gets Girl</em> by Rebecca Gilman; <em>A Soldier's Play</em> by Charles Fuller; and Neil Simon's <em>Brighton Beach Memoirs</em>. They've also just extended&nbsp;<em>Wiggerlover [white boy+black dad=grey areas] </em>an additional three week's of Friday performances.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 10:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-raven-theatres-2012-13-and-30th-anniversary-season Daily Rehearsal: 'Hit the Wall' brought back for a summer on the lake http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hit-wall-brought-back-summer-lake-98780 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/110613_theater_on_the_lake-585x391.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 201px; " title="Theater on the Lake (Courtesy of the Chicago Parks District)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Hit the Wall</em>, </strong></span></span>which everyone and the world loved, is being brought back at <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/newswire.php?newsID=722">Theater on the Lake this summer</a>&nbsp;for their 60th season. The line-up looks particularly good; it's reboots of old productions, like&nbsp;<em>TJ &amp; Dave</em>,<em> Moby-Dick</em> from the Building Stage, <em>Farragut North</em> and <em>Sweet Confinement</em> from SiNNERMAN, among others.&nbsp;Additional programming apparently includes an "Opening night birthday party with cake and cocktails June 13" and a "A singles networking event with Mingle Around."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. It's the sixth anniversary of Jokes and Notes</strong></span></span> this weekend, and they'll be celebrating with local comedians and house MCs, owner <a href="http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/local/southside/redeye-jokes-and-notes-performance-this-weekend-20120502,0,3987953.story">Mary Lindsey told the RedEye</a>. She also sounds like a taskmaster, in the best of ways:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p style="text-align: left; ">I am a time titan. They have to respect the time. For national acts, I do have them sign a form that says that you will have to pay a fine if you go over the time. It's not a banquet hall where we're just having a party. There's a format here; it's a business and I try to be consistent so that people waiting for the second show aren't sitting outside in the cold or the heat when they could be enjoying themselves and having some cocktails.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">I also require them to have good stage presence physically, to project a professional image. Because I think that if you want to be taken serious, you gotta dress the part.</p></blockquote><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. You can still register</strong></span></span> for summer classes at the Annoyance; do so before May 10 and get a discount.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;<em>The Butcher of Baraboo </em></strong></span></span>at A Red Orchid has been extended for two weeks, through June 3.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. "It’s a long way from the planet Naboo</strong></span></span> to Athens, Greece. For actor Ian McDiarmid, the journey took seven years." That's the beginning of Hedy Weiss' profile on&nbsp;McDiarmid, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/12278141-421/speaking-with-ian-mcdiarmid-050412.html">formerly of<em> Star Wars</em> and now in <em>Timon of Athens</em></a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 16:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hit-wall-brought-back-summer-lake-98780 New artistic model for Theater on the Lake http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-20/new-artistic-model-theater-lake-95056 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-20/26493842.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-20/26493842.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 225px; " title="(Photo via Google Maps)">An almost-end-of-the-year press release from the Chicago Park District—the kind that often is lost or buried—has announced a most interesting change in the artistic structure of <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/parks.detail/object_id/312df49f-8fbf-4e35-8da1-443a4a50e3e8.cfm">Theater on the Lake</a>, the annual Lincoln Park summer theater program which will be 60 years old in 2012.</p><p>For quite a few years now, what officially is called the Chicago Summer Theater Festival has presented one-week revivals of eight Off-Loop theater productions from the regular season, running late-summer through mid-spring. Those shows have been selected by the Festival artistic director, who has been Hallie Gordon for the last six years (Gordon also is director of the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program).</p><p>This year, however, the Park District is adopting a new model for the Festival, replacing the artistic director with two “co-artistic curators” brought on for one season only, and who will be chosen annually through an application process with the Chicago Park District. The pair will select the season, presumably assist in producing the remounts and also will be involved in support and outreach programs, such as proposed post-show talks with the audience.</p><p>The first two co-artistic curators are actor/director Michael Patrick Thornton and director/dramaturge Meghan Beals McCarthy. Thornton is co-founder/artistic director of the storefront Gift Theatre in Jefferson Park, and also an actor well-known for his recurring role on ABC’s <em>Private Practice</em> TV series. McCarthy is the associate artistic director of Chicago Dramatists, with previous literary management experience at the Northlight and Steppenwolf theater companies locally (and with several New York companies before that).</p><p>The 2012 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary season will be announced in the spring. As always, performances are in the little pavilion at the eastern foot of Fullerton Avenue at the lakefront. Now called Theater on the Lake, the historic structure was built in 1910 as a recuperation ward for tubercular babies (there’s nothing like some dry lake air, eh?) and later was used as a USO facility and for barn dances. It’s been used as a summer theater since 1952. The acoustics are terrible and the lighting isn’t very good, but the lake breeze on a hot night <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/critics-theater-picks-715-717-89111">can be a delight</a> and ticket prices always are modest. A proposal floated several years ago to remodel the pavilion into a truly serviceable theater was shelved without ever becoming an actual plan when the economy tanked.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-20/new-artistic-model-theater-lake-95056