WBEZ | Metamorphoses http://www.wbez.org/tags/metamorphoses Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Victory Gardens replaces 'Chicago is Burning' with 'Mojada', set in Pilsen http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-victory-gardens-replaces-chicago-burning-mojada-set <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pp-mojada.png" style="height: 375px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="'Mojada'" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Victory Gardens Theater&nbsp;is replacing <em>Chicago is Burning</em></strong></span></span>, the last production <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-21/daily-rehearsal-el-doctorow-discuss-march-97512">of their 2012-13 season</a>, with a new play by Associate Artist Luis Alfaro, entitled <em>Mojada</em>. According to the theater, it sounds as though Marcus Gardley&#39;s <em>Chicago is Burning</em> just wasn&#39;t quite done gestating: &quot;Victory Gardens intends to find the appropriate time to present&nbsp;Gardley&rsquo;s play&nbsp;when it&nbsp;is ready for production.&quot; <em>Mojada </em>is described as &quot;a breathtaking reimagining of&nbsp;Euripides&#39;&nbsp;<em>Medea&nbsp;</em>transported to&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s Pilsen neighborhood.&quot; As of now, <a href="http://victorygardens.org/enhance/calendar_Jul13.php">their schedule</a> has not been updated, but at left is the new production&#39;s artwork.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Never fear: <a href="https://www.theaterwit.org/tickets/productions/99/performances#top">Theater Wit</a> </strong></span></span>is of course bringing back <em>The Santaland Diaries</em> for the ninth year in a row.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Lookingglass has extended&nbsp;<em>Metamorphoses </em></strong></span></span>for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-its-getting-be-spooky-season-103077">a second time</a>, through the holidays.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Not-for-profit theaters </strong></span></span>contributed nearly $1.94 billion to the US economy and attracted 34 million attendees, <a href="http://www.lastagetimes.com/2012/10/tcg-report-nonprofit-theatres-on-the-rebound/">according to&nbsp;<em>Theatre Facts 2011</em></a>.&quot; Additionally, the report indicates that theaters gained an audience of 3 million between 2010 and 2011, and income increased over 15 percent. Read more at the link.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-victory-gardens-replaces-chicago-burning-mojada-set Daily Rehearsal: It's getting to be spooky season http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-its-getting-be-spooky-season-103077 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/KV_Wit.jpg" style="float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<em>Metamorphoses</em></strong></span></span> has been&nbsp;extended at Lookingglass through December 16; the show has gotten a bevy of rave reviews.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Halloween shows to look for:</strong></span></span> New Millennium Theatre&#39;s<a href="https://www.theaterwit.org/tickets/productions/105/performances">&nbsp;<em>Kill Viktor: Vol. 1&amp;2</em></a> at Theater Wit,&nbsp;<em>Death Toll: A Drinking Game Performance </em>and&nbsp;<em>Nightmares on Lincoln Ave IV: Welcome to the Undead City</em>&nbsp;at <a href="http://cornservatory.org/">Cornservatory</a>,&nbsp;<em>Birth of Evil</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Troll the Sequel, Troll Again!</em>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cicomedy.com/">Chemically Imbalanced Comedy</a>, <em>Zombie Genius </em>at the <a href="http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/">Annoyance </a>and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/182643111860755/"><em>500 Clown Frankenstein </em></a>at the Viaduct, just to name a few.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Speaking of the Annoyance</strong></span></span>, they&#39;re doing a staged reading of&nbsp;<a href="http://http://lysistrata2012.tumblr.com/"><em>Lysistrata </em></a>on November 5 to raise money for women&#39;s health. This production will be directed by Anne Libera, who is Director of Comedy Studies at The Second City Training Center.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/15693044-421/al-pacino-on-a-chicago-visit-hopes-well-pull-him-back-in.html">Al Pacino told the <em>Sun-Times</em></a> </strong></span></span>that he would love to perform in Chicago at the Goodman, Steppenwolf or for &quot;&ldquo;anyone who would have me.&rdquo; He was here Thursday promoting his movie <em>Stand-Up Guys</em>, which opened at the Harris Theater. Alan Arkin was also there; he too sang the praises of our fair city.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-its-getting-be-spooky-season-103077 Daily Rehearsal: 'Metamorphoses' returns to Lookingglass http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-15/daily-rehearsal-metamorphoses-returns-lookingglass-after-decades-96 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-15/AP02060204391.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-15/AP02060204391.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 213px; height: 300px; " title="Mary Zimmerman accepts her Tony (AP/Suzanne Plunkett)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2012/100-Most-Powerful-Chicagoans-Robert-Falls/">Bob Falls</a></strong></span></span>, <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2012/100-Most-Powerful-Chicagoans-Martha-Lavey/">Martha Lavey</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2012/100-Most-Powerful-Chicagoans-Deborah-Rutter/">Deborah Rutter</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2012/100-Most-Powerful-Chicagoans-Michelle-Boone/">Michelle Boone</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2012/100-Most-Powerful-Chicagoans-Andrew-Alexander/">Andrew Alexander</a> have all been named in <em>Chicago Magazine</em>'s list of 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans. Not an incredibly shocking selection for the arts and performance-minded among us, but who do you think they missed?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Here is a photo of Tony Kushner</strong></span></span>'s special <a href="http://www.courttheatre.org/blog/comments/angels_in_america_first_rehearsal/">Tony Kushner-labeled mug</a>. It's like the coffee version of a director's chair.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Lookingglass Theatre Company has announced</strong></span></span> it's opening its 25th Season this fall by circling back to <em>Metamorphoses</em>, which they produced in 1998. Most exciting is the news that Mary Zimmerman, who won a Tony when the show went to Broadway in 2002, will return to direct again, first reported <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15120755/mary-zimmermans-metamorphoses-to-return-to-lookingglass">Kris Vire yesterday</a>. <em>Metamorphoses </em>is based on many of Ovid's stories; Artistic Director Andy White calls it "one of those rare productions that truly has it all: beauty, mystery, humor, pathos." He also notes that it was Lookingglass' "longest-running hit." &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Oracle has added</strong></span></span>&nbsp;new staff members: Franki Jo Levinson as Managing Director and Danielle Stack as Sponsor Manager.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Street Tempo, the new theater </strong></span></span>that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-15/daily-rehearsal-offensive-comments-about-not-vulgar-enough-musical-">got mixed reviews</a> after their first production, will open <em>Little Shop of Horrors</em> in early April. Artistic Director and founder Brian Posen says that it'll be "a refreshing take on a musical theatre classic."&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-15/daily-rehearsal-metamorphoses-returns-lookingglass-after-decades-96