WBEZ | Chicago Slam Works http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-slam-works Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 21 years old? Audition for 'Hair' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-21-years-old-audition-hair-98934 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tumblr_m3ewldXIzi1rtx0g7o1_r1_1280.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 439px; " title=""><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>1. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn</strong></span></span>&nbsp;will read some children's books at&nbsp;<a href="http://victorygardens.org/onstage/brownbear.php"><em>Treasured Stories by Eric Carle</em></a>&nbsp;at Victory Gardens this Saturday at noon. The weekends after will be covered by WGN-TV's Ana Belaval and Ralph Covert of&nbsp;<em>Ralph's World</em>, respectively. You can bring your own books too and they'll be donated to Chicago area kids &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>2.&nbsp;<em>HAIR&nbsp;</em>at the Hideout</strong></span></span>&nbsp;is happening and has&nbsp;<a href="http://hairatthehideout.tumblr.com/">opened casting</a>, and anything goes! Just be 21 or older please (we most certainly did not have that rule at my high school). The non-equity theater troupe has &nbsp;a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/HAIRatHIDEOUT">Twitter</a>&nbsp;for "all the hairy details." LOL guys. LOL.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>3.&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013dic59Nux6HghaE611O3RHaolavmGOnVY92dLc8C96YYfipYk2y3F5KLiOiSnAsmtpZ_ruktUI3-9kDS57FWP8BG98_2aEtoJJ5gdfv7Rsoje3lyFJ9DNlVfg4G9AxMw" shape="rect" target="_blank">Chicago Slam Works</a>' opens the second</strong></span></span>&nbsp;of their three-performance season May 25,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-26/daily-rehearsal-camino-real-inspires-extreme-reactions-97619">remember</a>?&nbsp;"CSW artistic director J.W. Basilo transports the traditional slam competition to an other-worldly experience where past poets are resurrected to compete against living writers. Actors will portray writers such as Lucille Clifton, Frank O'Hara and the recently deceased Adrienne Rich. These writers will go head-to-head against living poets including Robert Brown, Mary K. Fons and Marty McConnell. A group of judges selected from the audience will determine the ultimate winner."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>4.<a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/Programming/Steppenwolf-for-Young-Adults.aspx"> Steppenwolf for Young Adults</a> has announced their 2012-13&nbsp;</strong></span></span>season, which will include&nbsp;<em>The Book Thief&nbsp;</em>(opening October), based on the novel by Markus Zusak, adapted by Heidi Stillman, directed by SYA Artistic and Educational Director Hallie Gordon;&nbsp;<em>Oral Histories&nbsp;</em>(opening in March), which are stories gathered by DePaul University students, curated and written by Miles Harvey. The theme is Now Is The Time, they've partnered with CPL and Facing History and Ourselves, and the goal is to help stop youth violence.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>5.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/standupmixtape">The&nbsp;Standup Mix Tape</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;is a new show from Cameron Esposito and friends.&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/StandupMixtape">It's&nbsp;</a>"Chicago standups + 25 person audience &amp; a recording studio. Produced by Underground Communique Records &amp; Cameron Esposito." And that's all I know about it from this pereferal glance!</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 14:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-21-years-old-audition-hair-98934 Don't-Miss List March 29-April 3: Ghost stories, untimely death and prep-school romance http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-29/dont-miss-list-march-29-april-3-ghost-stories-untimely-death-and-pr <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-29/Two Sides photos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-29/Two Sides photos.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 420px;" title="Shannon Cason performs in 'Two Sides' by Chicago Slam Works. (Courtesy of the Vittum)"></p><p><u>Dueling Critics, 91.5 FM and WBEZ.org, between 9 and 10 a.m. Friday March 30th, FREE!</u><br> <br> Top of the list, of course, is our tete-a-tete on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> about <a href="http://theartistichome.org/"><em>Tea and Sympathy</em> by the Artistic Home at Stage 773</a>. A prep-school student suspected of being gay hopes to escape this fate worse than death through the ministrations of his housemaster’s frustrated wife. When you talk about this (and you will), be kind. Guest Duelist Albert Williams of the <em>Reader</em>, Columbia College Chicago and the <a href="http://www.arts.cornell.edu/english/awards/nathan/previous.html#2000">George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism</a> will challenge me to consider whether this chestnut (staged in 1953, filmed in 1956 with the oh-so-sympathetic Deborah Kerr) is worth roasting.</p><p><u><em>Tangled</em> at eta Creative Arts, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday March 29th, $10</u><br> <br> <a href="http://etacreativearts.org/mainstage_shows.html">eta’s new mainstage show</a> is sadly timely, focusing as it does on a group of African-American women funeral directors. Sure, their South Side businesses are thriving, but who wants to profit from the early deaths of the neighborhood’s young men? In light of Trayvon Martin (only the most recent of many), Nicole Anderson-Cobb’s play will hit frighteningly close to home–and yet it’s styled a “provocative dramedy.” Thursdays through Sundays through May 20; tickets $30; $20 on “Talkback Thursdays” and a special $10 for tonight’s opening.<br> <br> <u><a href="http://firstfolio.org/"><em>The Turn of the Screw</em> at First Folio</a>, Mayslake Estate, Oak Brook, 8 p.m. Saturday March 31st, $26-$37</u><br> <br> Here’s a ghost story for those of you who confuse March 31 with October 31, one by Henry James for those of you too snobby to admit you like ghost stories and one starring the elegant Nick Sandys as the ghost for those of you still <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062565/">identifying with Mrs. Muir.</a> Set in a spooky English manor, it’s performed in the spooky faux-English manor where First Folio makes its home. The company has a particular flair for genteel horror, so get in touch with your inner governess Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 29.<br> <br> <u><em>Two Sides</em> by Chicago Slam Works at the Vittum, 1012 N. Noble, 8 p.m. Tuesday April 3, $18.50</u><br> <br> In the spirit of the season one might ask: Why is this poetry slam different from all other poetry slams?&nbsp; To which the answer is, it’s a choreographed face-off between storytellers and performance poets. This is the first show of the inaugural season of <a href="http://chicagoslamworks.org/">Chicago Slam Works</a>, which continues with shows in May and July. (A three-show Slam Pass will run you $40.)&nbsp; Oil your snapping fingers and check it out.</p></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-29/dont-miss-list-march-29-april-3-ghost-stories-untimely-death-and-pr Daily Rehearsal: 'Camino Real' inspires extreme reactions http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-26/daily-rehearsal-camino-real-inspires-extreme-reactions-97619 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-26/1753.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. If you missed it this weekend,</strong></span></span><em> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/285083288230303/">I Am A Rocket Scientist</a></em>, the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-09/daily-rehearsal-sixth-bullet-original-live-movie-event-94762">second live film event from Screen Door</a>, went up at the Den. It was "a sci-fi musical about space travel and a love triangle" (you can watch the trailer <a href="http://vimeo.com/37974330">here</a>). Beforehand, writer and director David Brent said "&nbsp;It's actually not terrible, speaking objectively."&nbsp;Plus,&nbsp;Nina Metz <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/ct-mov-0323-chicago-closeup-20120323,0,3836642.column">recommends</a>.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-26/1753.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 199px; " title="'Camino Real' (Photo by Liz Lauren)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. For children of a certain generation</strong></span></span>, the news that<a href="http://broadwayinchicago.com/shows_dyn.php?cmd=display_current&amp;display_showtag=ilovelucy12"> <em>I Love Lucy</em> has been transformed</a> into a musical might inspire fear or excitement. Double that, because it's going up at the Broadway Playhouse before anywhere else. It'll be set up so that audience members act as the audience members of the actual TV show getting a behind-the-scenes glance at how it all plays out. It opens September 12.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. John Lahr reviews <em>Camino Real</em></strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/theatre/2012/03/26/120326crth_theatre_lahr?currentPage=2">for <em>The New Yorker</em></a> and it is not good (the review). "The Goodman marquee refers to the show as 'Tennessee Williams’s <em>Camino Real</em>.' What is onstage, however, is a co-authorship that doesn’t remotely represent Williams’s vision or his dramatic voice," Lahr writes. Much of his criticism is reserved for director Calixto&nbsp;Bieito, "who is a marvellous stager [but] is not much of a thinker; his production is recklessly, exuberantly, even sometimes elegantly, wrongheaded." And of those post-show discussions that theaters these days love so much: "[There were]&nbsp;thirty bewildered audience members. A show of hands revealed that most of them had never read <em>Camino Real</em>. They thought they’d just seen Tennessee Williams’s play; they were surprised to learn otherwise. I applaud the Goodman’s ambition but not the mischief of this approach." On another note,<em> the New York Times </em>has <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/theater/calixto-bieito-directs-williamss-camino-real-in-chicago.html?pagewanted=all">a nice photo</a> of the costume board for this play.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. More on <em>Camino Real</em>:</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-bullen/camino-real-play_b_1372689.html">Bob Bullen says</a> that you should really not attend if you are of a sensitive nature/have a child in tow. Also, you may get hit with a piece of bread -- and he was not even at Rick Bayless' <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/news.php?articleID=680"><em>Cascabel</em></a>!. This only indicates to me that he had very good seats.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. </strong></span></span><font color="#000000"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://www.chicagoslamworks.com/">Chicago Slam Works</a> is starting </strong></span></span>a new performance series. They'll b</font>e spread out over a matter of months, with&nbsp;<em>Two Sides</em> on April 3, <em>Dead or Alive</em> in May and<em> In Any Tongue</em> in July, all at the Vittum Theater. A "Slam Pass" will get you tickets to all the shows, plus Slam Works' regular programming.&nbsp;"For decades, Chicago's slam community has been reshaping how poetry is viewed, presented and received," said slam poetry founder and CSW Board President Marc Smith in a statement. "And now, through this subscription series, it is our goal for performance poetry to establish a toehold in the 'legit' theater domain, setting the pace for others to follow until high level professional performance poetry productions are commonplace throughout the country." Looks to be a diverse and talented group of performers.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto:%20kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-26/daily-rehearsal-camino-real-inspires-extreme-reactions-97619