WBEZ | Mary Zimmerman http://www.wbez.org/tags/mary-zimmerman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 'Sweet Bird of Youth' extended before official opening http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-sweet-bird-youth-extended-official-opening-102550 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sweet%20bird%20of%20youth.jpg" style="height: 375px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Dave Thomas,who you know best from SCTV,</strong></span></span>&nbsp;is doing a &nbsp;two day-long workshop at Second City&#39;s Training Center October 24-25 called&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.secondcity.com/training/chicago/coursecatalog/383">How to Sell Your Comedy and Make Money</a>.</em> The cost is $175 for one day and $300 for two. On the 26th Thomas will host a Writer&#39;s Salon that will be $20 and sounds like an abridged version of the training.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Tony Award winner and director</strong></span></span> Mary Zimmerman <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-09-18/afternoon-shift-150-ranking-first-families-102499">came to <em>Afternoon Shift</em></a> and talked about her work on <em>Metamorphoses</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <em>Sweet Bird of Youth</em></strong></span></span> hasn&#39;t even officially opened yet and it has been extended through October 28, adding five performances.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-sweet-bird-youth-extended-official-opening-102550 Daily Rehearsal: 'The Jungle Book' set for world premiere at the Goodman http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-28/daily-rehearsal-jungle-book-set-world-premiere-goodman-96794 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-28/jungle book.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The Goodman has announced their 2012-13 season</strong></span></span>, which they claim consists of "four world and two Chicago premieres." What does that mean? David Cromer will direct his first production for the Loop company, <em>Sweet Bird of Youth</em> by Tennessee Williams starting in September. It'll be followed by&nbsp;Jon Robin Baitz’s <em>Other Desert Cities</em> directed by Henry Wishcamper and <em>By the Way, Meet Vera Stark</em> by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, directed by Chuck Smith.</p><p>The one I'm most excited about: the world-premiere production of <em>The Jungle Book, </em>which will be directed by Mary Zimmerman (She's having a busy year: remember that Lookingglass <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-15/daily-rehearsal-metamorphoses-returns-lookingglass-after-decades-96">snatched her up first</a>). We've got smaller plays too:&nbsp;<em>Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men</em>, written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith, directed by man-about-town Chay Yew; Christopher Shinn’s <em>Teddy Ferrara</em>; and <em>The Happiest Song Plays Last </em>by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Don't forget about <em>A Christmas Carol</em> either! And "<em>NOTE: One play in the Albert Theatre (in spring 2013) is to be announced."</em> (Emphasis definitely not mine).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="254" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-28/4106804134_c5c7f16dd0_o.gif" title="(Flickr/quicheisinsane)" width="450"></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;<em>WHY THE LONG FACEBOOK?</em></strong></span></span> Yes, that is a production name and it's at Stage 773 Fridays at 10 p.m. It's producecd by Dark Humour Productions, who call themselves "a new company created by veteran Chicago writers, actors, producers, and some brand new, and incredibly talented, faces to the Chicago theatre scene...[who] hope to combine our experience with fresh ideas in order to create work that transcends age, class, and color."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Have you seen Adam Burke perform? </strong></span></span>He doesn't sound like he's from Chicago, that's for sure. <em>The A.V. Club</em><a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/adam-burke,69691/"> profiles him </a>before his free show at Beat Kitchen tonight.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <a href="http://azizisbored.tumblr.com/">Aziz Ansari</a> will be at the Chicago Theatre</strong></span></span> on June 15th as part of the Just for Laughs festival and his Buried Alive Tour; he was here in 2010 for the same event.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Female voices</strong></span></span> -- <a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2012/02/24/what-are-we-missing/">Where are they</a>? Almost not at the Forum Theatre in D.C., it appears.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries">kdries</a><a href="http://kdries@wbez.org">@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-28/daily-rehearsal-jungle-book-set-world-premiere-goodman-96794 Goodman Collective adds Rebecca Gilman http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/goodman-collective-adds-rebecca-gilman <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/rebecca-gilman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span lang="en"><img hspace="8" height="301" width="195" border=".1" align="left" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-06/rebecca-gilman.jpg" />Playwright Rebecca Gilman has been named to the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective, the fellowship of senior national theater veterans who form the Goodman's creative think tank reporting to artistic director Robert Falls.</span></p><p><span lang="en">Based in Chicago, Gilman has a decade-long association with the Goodman, which has staged the world premieres of Gilman's <i>Spinning Into Butter</i>, <i>Blue Surge</i>, <i>Boy Gets Girl</i>, <i>Dollhouse </i>and last season's <i>A True History of the Johnstown Flood</i>. Earlier in her career Gilman, 45, was associated with the Circle Theatre and Chicago Dramatists (she remains on the CD advisory board). </span></p><p><span lang="en">With the Goodman as a springboard, Gilman's plays have been produced extensively around the country and in the United Kingdom. She was born in Alabama, and has an MFA from the University of Iowa Playwright's Workshop. She teaches at Northwestern University in addition to writing. At the Goodman Theatre, she'll join Mary Zimmerman and playwright Regina Taylor among other members of the Artistic Collective.</span></p></p> Tue, 07 Dec 2010 04:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/goodman-collective-adds-rebecca-gilman