WBEZ | David Cromer http://www.wbez.org/tags/david-cromer Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Connections, connections http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-connections-connections-102659 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/david cromer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Gorilla Tango Theatre</strong></span></span>&nbsp;wanted <em>me </em>to let <em>you </em>know that they are looking for people to audition<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-06/daily-rehearsal-how-start-your-own-theater-company-88795"> for <em>A Nude Hope</em></a>, which I&#39;m sure you are aware is a burlesque show about <em>Star Wars</em>. But you gotta be 21. Auditions are this Saturday; if you&#39;d like to reserve one, email a headshot and resume to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:mariecurieosity@gmail.com" target="_blank">mariecurieosity@gmail.com</a>. Oh and a reminder: &quot;May the force be with you.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- In other weird productions</strong></span></span> to <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/auditions/industrydetail.php?AuditionID=2262">audition for:&nbsp;<em>Fifty Shades of Plaid&nbsp;</em></a>&nbsp;is one option.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- This Sunday</strong></span></span>,&nbsp;Victory Gardens&nbsp;will be screening the documentary <em>Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry</em>; their play <em><a href="http://www.victorygardens.org/onstage/equivocation.php">Equivocation</a>,</em> is also running now. The connection?<em> &quot;</em>Ai Weiwei and Shakespeare&mdash;as depicted in Cain&rsquo;s play&mdash; are artists fighting to speak truth to power in difficult times and both refuse to allow their work to be used to prop up what they see as corrupt regimes,&quot; said&nbsp;Director of New Play Development Geoffrey Jackson Scott in a statement.</p><p>And guess who that production stars? Marc Grapey, who was spotted at Sunday night&#39;s <em>Sweet Bird of Youth</em> at the Goodman. You may know Grapey from his brief but memoral cameo role as J.J. Mitchell on <em>Sex and the City</em>. His attendance at <em>Sweet Bird</em> makes sense (not that anyone has to have a reason to go to the theater), given his connection to David Cromer, who directed the production&nbsp;(they won a Jeff award together in 2003 for&nbsp;<em>The Cider House Rules - Part I</em> at the Famous Door Theatre in Chicago, Illinois).</p><p>And speaking of Cromer; here&#39;s an <em>Interview Show</em> interview with him:</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KRh6xo1ItdE" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-connections-connections-102659 Daily Rehearsal: 'The Great Fire' burns Chicago again http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-26/daily-rehearsal-great-fire-burns-chicago-again-92456 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-26/GreatFire_602x262_080811.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-26/GreatFire_602x262_080811.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 350px; height: 152px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. What you might not know about Lookingglass</strong></span></span>' <a href="http://www.lookingglasstheatre.org/content/box_office/the_great_fire"><em>The Great Fire</em></a>, currently in previews, is that part of the set is this super cool bookshelf that kind of has a life of it's own, and is BURNING UP the place (no, it's not, that's a terrible, terrible pun). This bookshelf, a feat of engineering by set and prop designers John Dalton and Joel Lambie, does some stuff normal bookshelves might not do, but it's also causing a bit of a headache for the crew. See it to believe it, I'm not giving it all away.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. David Cromer has officially <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/chi-cromer-is-coming-back-to-chicago-for-rent-20110923,0,156142.column">signed on to direct <em>Rent</em></a></strong></span></span>, except you have a long while to wait; the production doesn't open until June, which for uber-<em>Rent </em>fans, is basically 525,600 minutes aka, a long time.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>Chicago Live!</em> has a brand-new season</strong></span></span> for ya, which includes highlights like the Human Rhythm Project in November, and the co-founder of <em>Louder Than A Bomb</em> Kevin Coval. The fall season runs for six weeks, and starts October 13.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Brinkenbrak's got <em><a href="http://www.brikenbrak.org/alive.html">Alive </a>coming </em>in October</strong></span></span>, and I'm going to be real, I don't know much else about it, save that their website looks pretty scary. When the casting call went out, Brikenbrak was looking for a few people to join them "for this unique, immersive Halloween experience." And, it's a very intimate -- the theater holds only 10 people -- so maybe bring a date and cozy up while you're frightened out of your mind?</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-26/theandrewsbrothers.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 156px;" title="Matt Edmonds, James Nedrud and Patrick Tierney as the Andrews Brothers"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Head to Arlington Heights to see <a href="http://www.metropolisarts.com/index.php/fuseaction/show.details/showid/242/the-andrews-brothers.html">The Andrews Brothers</a></strong></span></span> perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. These "brothers" take one part mid-century crossdressing and another part "the show must go on" mentality for this, I guess you could say zany?, show. "Deemed unfit for military service but desperate to help in the war effort, Lawrence, Patrick and Max Andrews decide to be stage hands for the USO show at Fort Kittylock, hoping to one day perform themselves," says the press release. "They’re all set to run the lights and move scenery for the big Andrews Sisters’ show when they get word that the Sisters have caught the chicken pox and won’t be performing. Not wanting to let their soldiers down, the Brothers squeeze into nylons, throw on wigs and give those boys a show they won’t soon forget."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-26/daily-rehearsal-great-fire-burns-chicago-again-92456 Windy City east? Chicago's theater stars working in NYC http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/windy-city-east-chicagos-theater-stars-working-nyc <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/new york.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="335" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-17/new york.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>There are so many Chicago directors working in New York this season, it should be called &quot;Windy City East.&quot; <a href="http://goodmantheatre.org/">Goodman Theatre</a> resident director Chuck Smith is there now directing &quot;Knock Me a Kiss&quot; by Charles Smith (different person/no relation) for the <a href="http://www.newfederaltheatre.org/content.cfm?cntid=5">New Federal Theatre</a> (opens Nov. 21). Playwright Smith is a member of the <a href="http://www.victorygardens.org/about/charlessmith.php">Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble</a>. Then MacArthur &quot;Genius&quot; Fellow <a href="http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.6241249/k.7FC4/David_Cromer.htm">David Cromer</a> begins rehearsals in January for a Broadway revival of William Inge's &quot;Picnic&quot; (cast and opening date TBA). Next, veteran Gary Griffin returns to the Encore! series at <a href="http://www.nycitycenter.org/">New York's City Center</a> for a concert staging of &quot;Lost in the Stars&quot; by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson (Feb. 3-6).</p><p>Then, Steppenwolf's Anna D. Shapiro will stage &quot;You Can't Take It With You&quot; for an April Broadway opening. Finally, it's Cromer again next fall with the Broadway production of a new musical &quot;Yank,&quot; about a gay soldier in World War II (previously seen in a successful Off-Broadway production at the <a href="http://www.yorktheatre.org/">York Theatre</a> with a different director). Cromer's attachment to &quot;Yank&quot; is surprising because (1) he isn't associated with musicals and (2) he's also committed to directing a revival of Tennessee Williams's &quot;Sweet Bird of Youth&quot; next fall, starring Nicole Kidman. Maybe all them Chicagoans finally will teach New Yawk what a decent slice of pizza should taste like.</p></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/windy-city-east-chicagos-theater-stars-working-nyc