WBEZ | Steppenwolf Theatre Company http://www.wbez.org/tags/steppenwolf-theatre-company Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Jeff Garlin returns to Steppenwolf http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-jeff-garlin-returns-steppenwolf-103666 <p><p><img 2012="" alt="" anybody="" at="" book="" by="" chicago="" class="image-original_image" comedy.="" crappy="" deborah="" does="" erin="" flickr="" for="" just="" kickoff="" laughs="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/7183958449_359e71b007_z.jpg" style="height: 374px; width: 300px; float: left; " tbs="" this="" title="Jeff Garlin at TBS' Just For Laughs 2012 kickoff at Chicago Underground Comedy. (Flickr/Erin Nekervis)" underground="" want="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Steppenwolf is bringing Jeff Garlin</strong></span></span>&#39;s solo show <em>Closer Than I Appear</em> from December 4 through the 16th. His last performance there was in 2011,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-07/comedian-and-writer-jeff-garlin-returns-chicago-88821">called <em>No Sugar Tonight</em></a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <em>Kinky Boots</em> <a href="http://broadwayworld.com/article/Harvey-Fierstein-and-Cyndi-Laupers-KINKY-BOOTS-Closes-in-Chicago-Today-November-4-Preps-for-March-2013-Broadway-Debut-20121104">opens on Broadway in March</a></strong></span></span>, having just finished a run in Chicago. They also want you to vote, according to<a href="https://twitter.com/HarveyFierstein/status/265211156585644032"> Harvey Fierstein&#39;s Twitter</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://curioustheatrebranch.com/onstage/"><em>Evanston, Which Is Over There </em></a></strong></span></span>is the latest Beau O&#39;Reilly production from Curious Theatre Branch. As it&#39;s title suggests, the play takes place in Chicago, &quot;in the wilds of...Rogers Park&mdash;its beaches, coffee shops and non-working elevator buildings.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-jeff-garlin-returns-steppenwolf-103666 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: Snatch half price tickets to 'Kinky Boots' while you can http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-snatch-half-price-tickets-kinky-boots-while-you-can <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kinky.jpg" style="float: left; height: 187px; width: 280px; " title="'Kinky Boots'" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Hot Tix has half-price tickets to <em>Kinky Boots</em></strong></span></span> performances this week, which means they&#39;re running about <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/070048D2E3C63E0B?brand=hottix">$40 to $50</a>. Enter &quot;HOTTIX&quot; to get the deal.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Steppenwolf has announced</strong></span></span> that tickets for Next Up 2013 go on sale March 29, 2013. The set of plays will run May 28 to June 16 in the Steppenwlf Garage; productions include&nbsp;<em>The Drunken City b</em>y Adam Bock and directed by Johnny Michael DiResta;&nbsp;<em>The Internationalist b</em>y Anne Washburn, directed by Erin Murray; and &nbsp;Neil LaBute&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Fat Pig</em>, directed by David Prete.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;They&#39;re also extending</strong></span></span>&nbsp;<em>Good People</em>&nbsp;for five performances; it now closes Saturday, November 17.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto: kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-snatch-half-price-tickets-kinky-boots-while-you-can Daily Rehearsal: Jimmy Smits takes role in 'Motherf**ker with the Hat ' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-jimmy-smits-takes-role-motherfker-hat-102580 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JimmySmitsbyMarkAnderson_Edited2.jpg" style="height: 260px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="Jimmy Smits (Photo by Mark Anderson)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Jimmy Smits&nbsp;has been cast in Steppenwolf&#39;s&nbsp;<em>The Motherf**ker with the Hat</em></strong></span></span>&nbsp;as &quot;addiction recovery sponsor Ralph D.&quot; You best know Smits from <em>NYPD Blue</em>, <em>Star Wars</em> and the <em>West Wing</em>. So, everything.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- George Lopez </strong></span></span>is performing at the<a href="http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/2012/september/george-lopez-at-the-chicago-theatre.html"> Chicago Theatre</a> on Saturday; tickets are $68.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- What a headline:<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/hamlet-at-the-writers-theatre/Content?oid=7474416">&nbsp;&quot;A homo Hamlet?&quot;</a>&nbsp;</strong></span></span>The <em>Reader&#39;</em>s Tony Adler makes the argument that this interpretation at Writers&#39; Theatre is for the better, solving problems like Hamlet&#39;s fascination with dying or the mean way he treats his girlfriend Ophelia.&nbsp;&quot;The notion of a homo Hamlet isn&#39;t new, but it&#39;s definitely a minority position,&quot; writes Adler. &quot;Director Michael Halberstam demonstrates that it makes absolute&mdash;even revelatory&mdash;sense in his fascinating, if not entirely successful staging of&nbsp;<em>Hamlet&nbsp;</em>for Writers&#39; Theatre.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-jimmy-smits-takes-role-motherfker-hat-102580 Daily Rehearsal: Celebrating a Theater Oobleck book http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-celebrating-theater-oobleck-book-102154 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ref%3Ddp_image_0_0.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Oracle&#39;s 2013 season</strong></span></span> seeks to answer the question, &quot;How do we use art to make society better?&quot; with productions of <em>Accidental Death of an Anarchist</em>, <em>The Mother </em>and <em>Waiting for Lefty</em>.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Theater Oobleck is</strong></span></span>&nbsp;having a release party for their book&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/More-If-Youve-Got-It/dp/0981564321" target="_blank" title="Opens in a new window">More If You&#39;ve Got It: Five Plays from Theater Oobleck</a>&nbsp;</em>tonight at the Hideout<a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/09/04/_director-free_theater_oobleck_has.php"> and it is free</a>.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Here is a story <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/14793160-421/actress-rolling-along-for-xanadu-character.html">in the <em>Sun-Times</em></a> about&nbsp;Gina Milo</strong></span></span> (who plays Kira in <em>Xanadu</em>) getting better at rollerskating for her role. The headline? &quot;Actress rolling along for &#39;Xanadu&#39; character.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Rehearsals for</strong></span></span> Steppenwolf&#39;s <em>Who&#39;s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</em>, which is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-27/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-427-85740">moving to Broadway</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/SteppenwolfThtr/status/243062014031851520">started today.</a></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 10:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-celebrating-theater-oobleck-book-102154 Daily Rehearsal: GTT stalks Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-gtt-stalks-bill-pullman-and-jeff-goldblum-102114 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pullman%20goldblum.jpg" style="height: 152px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="" />-&nbsp;<strong>Adam Ferrara <a href="http://www.vocalo.org//amp/2012-08/friday-funday-0">was on</a> The Morning AMp today.&nbsp;</strong>You know him from <em>Rescue Me</em>, but he&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-chance-see-cyndi-lauper-100462">at UP this weekend</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Steppenwolf&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-frank-rich-advises-young-theater-critics-see-even-bad">show banners</a></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-frank-rich-advises-young-theater-critics-see-even-bad"> give-away</a> was somewhat of a success; check out <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151030212938587.420918.13704073586&amp;type=1">the submissions</a>. People had some fun, including&nbsp;Gil Tanner, who posed for <em>Penelope </em>and said, &quot;Thank you, Steppenwolf! You have no idea how excited I am to have a large photograph of John Mahoney in my living room.&quot; There was a bit of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151031260498587&amp;set=a.10151030212938587.420918.13704073586&amp;type=3&amp;theater">meme-ing</a> going on.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.gorillatango.com">Gorilla Tango Theatre</a>&nbsp;is trying to get </strong></span></span>both Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum to come to <em>Once Upon a Rom Com: The Bill Pullman Story</em>. &quot;This fun, original, and endearing script written by recent Chicago transplant, Brian Work, and directed by Chicago native, Neal Fischer, is sure to educate those who only know Bill Pullman as &#39;the guy who got left at the end of <em>Sleepless In Seattle</em>.&#39;&quot; They&#39;ve launched that they&#39;re dubbing a &quot;grassroots&quot; campaign which in Fischer&#39;s words means&nbsp;&ldquo;Telling everyone we know to annoyingly e-mail their people and demand they come.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-gtt-stalks-bill-pullman-and-jeff-goldblum-102114 Daily Rehearsal: Caffeine Theatre shuts down http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-caffeine-theatre-shuts-down-101626 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Ricardo Gutierrez</strong></span></span> will take over at Teatro Vista&#39;s new artistic director, as founder and artistic director Edward Torres moves on &quot;to focus on independent projects.&quot; Torres and Gutierrez will artistic direct Teatro Vista through February to ease through the transition.&nbsp;&quot;We are thrilled that Eddie has found such tremendous success as a director and actor,&quot; said Teatro Vista Board President Joan Pantsios in a statement. &quot;His dedication to Teatro Vista over the decades has been invaluable, and Teatro Vista would not be what it is today - a nationally-recognized home of the best Latino theater - without his hard work and passion. Eddie has assured us that he will remain an active ensemble member and supporter of the theater.&quot; Gutierrez is currently an ensemble member and directing associate of the company.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/caffeine.jpg" style="height: 115px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Steppenwolf has announced the companies</strong></span></span> they&#39;re partnering with for their Garage Rep this year: Baliwick Chicago, Buzz22 Chicago and Theatre Seven. The ten-week run of their shows will start February 14 (THE DAY OF LOVE) and end April 21 (just a regular day) of 2013. They&#39;ll be staging&nbsp;<em>See What I Wanna See </em>by Michael John LaChiusa,&nbsp;<em>She Kills Monsters&nbsp;</em>By Qui Nguyen, and <em>BlackTop Sky&nbsp;</em>By Christina Anderson.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.caffeinetheatre.com/">Caffeine Theatre</a></strong></span></span> <a href="http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/Caffeine-Theatre-Announces-Closing-20120810">announced today</a> that it&#39;ll be shutting down, the latest in a bad year and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-more-info-backstage-theatres-closing-101595">a bad week</a> for storefront theaters.&nbsp;&ldquo;Our decision to close now is primarily due to human capital,&rdquo; said Artistic Director Beck, &ldquo;Our personnel is collectively experiencing a massive amount of life change which for some includes leaving Chicago. We felt it was the right time to end on our own terms and with our heads held high.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-caffeine-theatre-shuts-down-101626 The Playwright who finally finds her way http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/playwright-who-finally-finds-her-way-100766 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/adelina montage 2.jpg" style="height: 310px; width: 620px; " title=" L. Adelina Treviño Bradshaw in her Lincoln Park home. (WBEZ/Kate Dries)" /></div></div><p><em>When you listen to <a href="http://www.ladelinabradshaw.com/">Adelina</a>&nbsp;Treviño Bradshaw&nbsp;speak so eloquently about her meandering path away from Chicago and the theater, and her hopeful return, you can just hear the hiss of the radiator in the background or the L train rumbling past the Irving Park Brown line stop. What you can&#39;t hear is her inability to sit still. (&ldquo;If you&rsquo;ve noticed, I&rsquo;ve been playing with everything,&rdquo; she tells me in the middle of our conversation. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve taken off an earring to play with it.&rdquo;) That&rsquo;s a pattern in her life: Since graduating from Columbia College in 2007, Bradshaw&#39;s been moving. She moved to New York, then home to Texas and finally back to Chicago again. She just finished up a Literary Fellowship at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and as such, the 26-year-old sees life as a playwright and dramaturg (someone, for those not in the know, who helps research and develop plays ) slightly differently than her peers -- for one thing, she really understands the value of health benefits. But that universal desire for benefits doesn&rsquo;t mean much, when weighed against Bradshaw&#39;s passion for her work.</em></p><p><strong><em>Born into (musical) theater</em></strong></p><p>My parents&rsquo; very first date was at a theater so they tried to take us when they could. We didn&rsquo;t have that much money so it wasn&rsquo;t like an everyday occurrence, but we did go. And my dad, he loves musical theater. And so he had all these records with these musicals, and to this day I haven&rsquo;t seen all of them but I remember just putting them on and dancing in the middle of the living room. &hellip;<br /><br />The first show I saw was <em>Cats</em>, and he took us to that and I was like 5. And I remember watching it and going, &lsquo;Grown-ups can do this?&rsquo;<br /><br /><em><b>Toby from </b></em><b>The&nbsp;</b><strong>West Wing</strong><br /><br />I got into Loyola Chicago. I went in there as a poli-sci major, and I think I probably had watched too many episodes of <em>The&nbsp;West Wing </em>or something like that, and had this idea of growing up and becoming Toby or something like that. (laughs) I was there for a year and in the second semester I took a theater design class and I was just like, &#39;Well who are you kidding?&#39; I&rsquo;d done theater for so long before then and to just give it up was like making me kind of miserable. And so I decided that I wanted to stay in Chicago &hellip; and so I was looking around and I found Columbia and I went in there as actually a costume-design major, oddly enough. And then ended up falling into play-writing programs.<br /><br /><em><b>A meandering path</b></em><br /><br />I graduated in December 2007. &hellip; And then I got a job in a box office just because I realized I need a job. I got a job and I got a roommate.<br /><br />But I was getting antsy. &hellip; I wanted to see more. And so I decided I was going to move &hellip; I wasn&rsquo;t sure what the next step should be? And so I just kind of tried to do the grown-up thing. You know, have a job, pay your bills. I don&rsquo;t know if it&rsquo;s grown-up to say &lsquo;grown-up thing.&rsquo;<br /><br />So I just moved out to New York. And I did nothing about theater when I was there. I was doing the survival thing. I mean I wrote, but that&rsquo;s about as far as it got.<br /><br />It was just, it was hard. &hellip; And I&rsquo;d also moved two weeks before the stock market crashed in 2008. And anybody who was in New York in 2008 kind of like, there was like this big shadow, this big cloud over everything, because you&rsquo;d pass bars, and they&rsquo;re like &lsquo;Show us your pink slips and drink for free all night!&rsquo; and things like that. But then I was lucky enough to get a job at the Intrepid&hellip; which is an aircraft carrier turned museum.<br /><br />&hellip; I just felt like the city was wearing me out. It just made me angry. I &nbsp;just couldn&rsquo;t deal with it anymore. People say leave New York before it makes you a hardened person. And I left. &hellip;<br />I moved back to Dallas. It wasn&rsquo;t really an option to do anything but to go back to Dallas. Because I needed a safety net and there was a safety net there &hellip; it was this idea that I was going to get back on track. Like, living in New York was just about staying with my head above water and I felt like people kept on pushing it down and so I was like, in Dallas, I can figure out if this is going to become a priority.<br /><br />I started sending out a play that I felt pretty strongly about &hellip; and by December it had gotten shortlisted for a contest in New York at <a href="http://www.repertorio.org/">Repertorio de Espanol</a>. And they actually did a staged reading of it in New York, so I got to go back like not even a year later, and I felt like, triumphant. Because I was having a staged reading. &hellip; And it felt like, well, this was a success, coming back. And restarting.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/adelina montage 1.jpg" style="height: 310px; width: 620px; " title="Books and inspiration. (WBEZ/Kate Dries)" /></div><p>I don&rsquo;t know if it was my own prejudices &hellip; but there&rsquo;s a level of like, well, it&rsquo;s hard to be a writer, period. Not just a playwright, a writer. It&rsquo;s hard to get things published, it&rsquo;s hard to make any money out of it. It is a lot of work, and a lot of people aren&rsquo;t successful. And then you can say the same thing about theater. And then you combine theater and writing and it just seems like this big vast hole of like, you will not be successful at this because only such a small percentage of people are successful &hellip; I don&rsquo;t really know when it changed, and I don&rsquo;t know that it did necessarily change. I just decided it was worth it. I think that was the change. I&rsquo;ve decided it&rsquo;s worth it.<br /><br />&hellip; I&rsquo;ve been out of college for awhile and I couldn&rsquo;t afford to do something for free. The thing is, with literary apprenticeships or internships or whatever you want to call them, is that they&rsquo;re not available in a lot of theaters, and then there&rsquo;s even fewer that are going to pay you. I just noticed that a lot of people who are successful have done these before. And so I applied to about 17 all across the country, this is the only one in Chicago.<br /><br /><em><strong>Sitting in the slingshot</strong></em><br /><br />I don&rsquo;t feel relaxed, but I feel like as opposed to before, even when I was living in Dallas, I felt a little bit behind. And now I feel like I&rsquo;m actually like on the slingshot, you know? &hellip; But it&rsquo;s just being pulled back and it hasn&rsquo;t been let go yet and so&hellip; it&rsquo;s like the first step, is what it feels like. And so there&rsquo;s a level of nervousness that comes with that, like it&rsquo;s one of those things where if someone is willing to give you this, you feel like you can&rsquo;t be complacent after this because this is so important. And you are so lucky to be here.<br /><br />I would say that I think I don&rsquo;t necessarily want to be famous. I want to have my plays produced. One of the reasons I love this apprenticeship so much in the literary department is because I want to be a literary manager of a theater. Partly because I love the job; reading plays all day is great &hellip; to actually get paid to read plays is pretty sweet. But also, I kind of like the stability. And I think that has something to do with I am 26, and I had a job that I had awesome benefits at. And now I don&rsquo;t have that. (laughs) Most of the other apprentices are younger than me, they&rsquo;re fresh out of college. When I say, &#39;One of the awesome things about working in an admin building is that you get real benefits,&#39; and they don&rsquo;t really understand how awesome that is; they&rsquo;re still on their parents&#39; insurance. I&rsquo;m not. (laughs)<br /><br />Being able to write, being able to dramaturg, but also being able to, to be in a position where you have your own safety net, that is definitely what I would consider success.</p><p><em>The transcript above features an extended version of the interview.</em><em>&nbsp;</em><em>Explore more stories from Chicago&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/hungry-artists-100849">Hungry Artists</a>.</em></p><p><em>Music buttons: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQewG24kiec">&quot;Las Golondrinas&quot; by Jose Garcia</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVAvFfXPL0Q">&quot;If You&#39;re Feeling Sinister&quot; by Belle and Sebastian</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/playwright-who-finally-finds-her-way-100766 Daily Rehearsal: 'Hamlet', round one thousand http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hamlet-round-one-thousand-98750 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The latest <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15327496/ethan-dubin-performer-of-the-week"><em>TimeOut </em>Performer of the Week </a></strong></span></span>is none other than friend of this blog writer, Ethan Dubin. On a note that's less biased and more applicable to the community at large, really digging Oliver Sava's choice to highlight performers who usually don't get their due. Dubin is currently starring in&nbsp;<em>Sixty Miles to Silver Lake</em>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.collaboraction.org/" title="Collaboraction">Collaboraction</a>, which, before you ask, I have not gotten to yet.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Next Up&nbsp;from Steppenwolf (with Northwestern)</strong></span></span> starts in June. This year's three productions are<em>&nbsp;Life and Limb</em> by Keith Reddin; <em>South of Settling</em> by Emily Schwend; and <em>The Glass Menagerie</em>.&nbsp;“In the Garage Theatre, Steppenwolf sets out to cultivate young artists and multigenerational audiences. Next Up offers a unique way for us to do this—in concert with theater’s roots as a guild-based craft in which emerging artists learn from experienced practitioners,” said Steppenwolf Artistic Producer Rebecca Rugg in a statement&nbsp;“For Steppenwolf, this project is a natural extension of a strong association with local universities, whose stream of graduates continually feeds Chicago’s vibrant theater ecology.”</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/writers%20hamlet.jpg" style="float: right; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The latest <em>Hamlet </em></strong></span></span>comes from&nbsp;Writers’ Theatre, with the lead role going to&nbsp;Scott Parkinson.&nbsp;Of course, this doesn't open until September, so you have a nice, long, non-depressing summer before you have to gird your loins. This one is directed by Michael Halberstam "on the most intimate of stages", though anyone who saw <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/daily-rehearsal-trib-redesigns-their-theater-section-88824"><em>Hamlet </em>at the Oracle</a> last year might disagree.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Some show closings this weekend:&nbsp;</strong></span></span><em>As You Like It (A New Adaptation)&nbsp;</em>from&nbsp;Strangeloop Theatre;<em>&nbsp;Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed</em>&nbsp;from Lifeline;&nbsp;<em>Beyond the Fringe</em> from Oak Park Festival Theatre and&nbsp;<em>Doubt</em>&nbsp;at AstonRep Theatre.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Second City's<em> Who Do We Think We Are?</em></strong></span></span> got a much <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/second-citys-who-do-we-think-we-are,73256/">more positive review</a> from <em>The A.V. Club</em>'s New Pollution than I recall it receiving from some of the other outlets.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 16:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hamlet-round-one-thousand-98750 Daily Rehearsal: North and South comedy http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-13/daily-rehearsal-north-and-south-comedy-97248 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-13/The March.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Chelsea Lately</em> </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/13/wangs-chicago-gay-bar-men_n_1342273.html"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>took on</strong></span></span> the Chicago gay bar Wang's</a> last night, which wants to ban female customers at 11 p.m., reports the <em>Huffington Post</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-13/The March.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 400px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Here's the new poster</strong></span></span> for Steppenwolf's <em>The March</em>, which is a joint product of the company and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. It's World Theatre Day!</strong></span></span> Soon, anyway: March 27,&nbsp;The League of Chicago Theatres will celebrate&nbsp;at 4:00 p.m. at the&nbsp;Cultural Center. And did you know that the city was the first in the U.S. to plan celebrations for this anniversary, in 2009? There will be panel discussions and presentations.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/playdetail.php?playID=5467" target="_self">RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles</a></em></strong></span></span>&nbsp;will be at the Oriental Theatre for one-week June 26 to July 1. The Associated Pres said it was "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" at one point in time so lookout!&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. It seems like there's always been a divide between </strong></span></span>comedy clubs on the South Side and those on the North. Adding a voice to the discussion about why and how this is so, comedian&nbsp;Meechie Hall wrote a post about it, and it garnered tons of responses from his fellow comedians. <a href="http://www.comedyofchicago.com/2012/03/north-south-side-divide.html#more">Comedy of Chicago reports</a> that since then, Hall has gotten a bunch more north side bookings -- though he can't say that they're related to this claim: "I personally know that the mics up north haven't been giving real urban comedians a chance."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-13/daily-rehearsal-north-and-south-comedy-97248