WBEZ | Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? http://www.wbez.org/tags/who%E2%80%99s-afraid-virginia-woolf Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Bruce Norris revokes rights to 'Clybourne Park' for German theater http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-bruce-norris-revokes-rights-clybourne-park-german <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Steppenwolf&#39;s excited</strong></span></span> because&nbsp;<em>Who&rsquo;s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</em> has been extended on Broadway through February 24, 2013.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The&nbsp;2013 Lookingglass <em>gglassquerade </em></strong></span></span>(woah.) will be hosted by Stephen Colbert on March 2, 2013 at 6 pm at the Four Seasons.&nbsp;&ldquo;The fact that Stephen is uncannily brilliant, desperately funny, and irritatingly good-looking is not particularly important, or something we should hold against him (but we do so anyway),&rdquo; said&nbsp;Artistic Director Andrew White, who went on to remind us that Colbert has had a long relationship with the theater. He&#39;ll also be getting a&nbsp;Lookingglass Civic Engagement Spirit Award.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- All <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-its-getting-be-spooky-season-103077">those Halloween show</a></strong></span></span> options have a lot of reviews, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/halloween-shows-at-various-venues/Content?oid=7626343">courtesy of the <em>Reader</em></a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- For some humor, </strong></span></span>check out these <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23theatricalsitcoms&amp;src=hash">#theatricalsitcoms</a>, trending on Twitter. My personal favorite: &quot;Everybody Hates Hamlet.&quot; The internet party <a href="https://twitter.com/HESherman/status/258981743955152896">was launched by Howard Sherman</a>, unsurprisingly.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bruce%20blackface.jpg" style="float: left; height: 168px; width: 280px; " title="(Screenshot of the petition Against Black-Face Roles in German Theatre)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Bruce Norris released <a href="http://www.dramatistsguild.com/eventseducation/latestmedia.aspx">an open letter</a> </strong></span></span>via the Dramatist&#39;s League over a German theater company&#39;s decision to cast a white woman wearing blackface in a production of his play <em>Clybourne Park</em>.&nbsp;&quot;When we write plays, among other things, we are creating employment for working actors, and often we intend to employ a specific diverse body,&quot; writes Norris. &quot;Whatever rationale the German theatre establishment might offer for their brazenly discriminatory practice is of no interest to me.&quot; The entirety of his letter is worth a read, as is&nbsp;Kenneth Jones&#39; of Playbill, which includes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/171262-Pulitzer-Winner-Bruce-Norris-Retracts-Rights-to-German-Troupes-Clybourne-Park-Over-Blackface-Casting/pg2">some helpful context</a>&nbsp;as to how different theaters that may or may not have access to a diverse group of actors to cast in their productions make do. Additionally, the Guild explained their thought process behind publishing the letter:&quot;While we do not, as a general matter, allow members to use the Guild&rsquo;s communications network to advocate for their particular views, we are making this statement and petition available to the membership because it relates directly to an author&rsquo;s right of casting approval, which is a critical right reserved to authors and one at the heart of the Guild&rsquo;s purpose in advocating for authorial ownership and control of their work.&quot; You can sign the petition <a href="http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Against_BlackFace_Roles_in_German_Theatre/?crleCdb">&quot;Against Black-Face Roles in German Theatre</a>&quot; at the link</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-bruce-norris-revokes-rights-clybourne-park-german 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