WBEZ | Playwrights Unit http://www.wbez.org/tags/playwrights-unit Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Goodman Theatre adds new members to Playwrights Unit http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-goodman-theatre-adds-new-members-playwrights-unit <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;The<a href="http://www.thedentheatre.com/"> Den Theatre</a>&#39;s first full season</strong></span></span> launches October 26 with <em>The Quality of Life</em>. Usually a place for other companies to put up their work, Lia D. Mortensen directs this production about politics and marriage.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Steppenwolf&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://virginiawoolfonbroadway.com"><em>Who&rsquo;s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? </em></a></strong></span></span>opens on Broadway this weekend (&quot;50 years to the day after the original Broadway production&quot;) with cast members Amy Morton and Tracy Letts in the roles of Martha and George, respectively.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/playwrights%20unit.jpg" style="float: left; height: 152px; width: 300px; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Goodman Theatre</strong></span></span> has announced the new additions<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-12/daily-rehearsal-playwright-unit-participants-announced-93089"> to their Playwrights Unit</a>; they&#39;re Greg Allen, who founded The Neo-Futurists; Alice Austen, who is also a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists; Ike Holter, one of the founders of The Inconvenience and the mind behind Hit the Wall; and Christopher Oscar&nbsp;Peña, the writer of&nbsp;<em>however long the night. </em>Get even more information on these folks <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151044839136237.423123.43695791236&amp;type=1">here</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121009/BLOGS06/121009792/a-purse-that-recharges-your-phone-an-online-handmade-furniture-gallery-and-more#ixzz28uKJcVqV">Crain&#39;s reports</a> that the Comedy Bar Chicago</strong></span></span> is relaunching with Jim Belushi this month and expanding their performances; they&#39;re having a gala celebration the weekend of October 18.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-goodman-theatre-adds-new-members-playwrights-unit Daily Rehearsal: 'Rent' on http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-rent-99740 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Nina Metz <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-mov-0601-riverfront-theater-20120601,0,1447605.story">throws down</a></strong></span></span> about the new Riverfront Theater. It sounds like an all-together pleasant experience, but be warned: &quot;The intersection of Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street is not, if we&#39;re being frank, one of the city&#39;s more picturesque stretches.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Goodman will be doing staged readings</strong></span></span> for its residency program<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-12/daily-rehearsal-playwright-unit-participants-announced-93089"> Playwrights Unit</a> June 15-17; expect&nbsp;<em>The Solid Sand Below</em>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Martín Zimmerman,&nbsp;<em>Work of Art</em>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Elaine Romero,&nbsp;<em>Stutter</em>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Philip Dawkins&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>For Her as a Piano</em>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Nambi &nbsp;E. Kelley. The readings are free, but require reservations, which can be obtained by going to their website of course.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/nowplay.jpeg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 144px; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Chicago Theatre Off Book is having a bowling party</strong></span></span>, where you can win tickets to Crowns at the Goodman. It&#39;s July 1 at Timber Lanes, but $100 a lane so make sure you have some friends so you can <a href="http://chicagoindieradio.org/chirplog/2606/chicago-theatre-off-book-june-1-2012-ed">beat the pants</a> off of theater companies like Oracle, Mortar and the Goodman themselves.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- ATC has extended <em>Rent</em> </strong></span></span>through July 1. For a glimpse at two very different -- and hilarious -- opinions about this particular production from the common man, head over to <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/rent/Event?oid=6088850">the event listing</a> at the <em>Chicago Reader</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 12:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-rent-99740