WBEZ | The Neo-Futurists http://www.wbez.org/tags/neo-futurists-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: John Malkovich performs in 'Confessions of a Serial Killer' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-john-malkovich-performs-confessions-serial-killer <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4347450049_4e9e012d0f.jpg" style="float: right; height: 300px; width: 300px; " title="(Flickr/Seth Anderson)" /><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- John Malkovich will be performing in <a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=5512&amp;utm_source=mail2&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=NewsRelease%3AJohnMalkovichStarsinTheInfernalComedyatSymphonyCenterFebruary1and22013"><em>The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer </em></a></strong></span></span>at the Chicago Symphony Center on February 1 and 2. Tickets are now on sale.&nbsp;The production &quot;is staged for a Baroque orchestra with period instruments, two sopranos and one actor. It tells the true story of Austrian serial murderer and writer Jack Unterweger (Malkovich) through chapters of spoken dialogue, each concluded with arias by Gluck, Vivaldi, Beethoven and others.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- <a href="http://ChicagoOperaTheater.org">Chicago Opera Theater</a> is holding a subscription raffle</strong></span></span> for National Opera Week, which runs from this Monday to next. If you a subscription to their entire season this week, you&#39;ll get a chance to get &quot;prime seats&quot; for all the shows.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.blackensembletheater.org/">Black Ensemble Theater</a> </strong></span></span>has announced their new season line-up, called &quot;Treasures and Trinkets.&quot;&nbsp;Music will continue to be the dominant theme of the Season offering the exciting genres of Doo Wop, Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Soul,&rdquo;&nbsp;says Artistic Director Jackie Taylor. They&#39;ve announced, however, that they won&#39;t be extending any productions, because &quot;we think it is important to concentrate on the variety of the productions rather than the length.&nbsp; This allows us to better promote our 5 Play Card while offering even more flexibility in its use over a subscription.&rdquo; The productions are all either written and/or directed by Taylor, including <em>Doo Wop Shoo Bop</em> (which has run previously at Black Ensemble Theater);<em>&nbsp;It&rsquo;s All-Right To Have A Good Time (The Story of Curtis Mayfield)</em>; <em>Howlin At The Moon (The Story of Howlin Wolf)</em>; and Chicago&rsquo;s <em>Golden Soul.</em></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- The <a href="http://www.neofuturists.org">Neo-Futurists</a> are adding three performances</strong></span></span> to their run of<em> 44 Plays for 44 Presidents</em>; it&#39;ll now close November 17, if at that point you&#39;re not entirely election-ed out.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-john-malkovich-performs-confessions-serial-killer Daily Rehearsal: The Neo-Futurists announce 24th season http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-neo-futurists-announce-24th-season-98504 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Freud's Last Session</em> has been extended again</strong></span></span>&nbsp;through July 15, making it unclear when his actual last session will occur (yuck yuck yuck). They really want you to know that famous people have attended, as seen in the special <a href="http://freudslastsession.com/celebrities.php">"Celebrity Sightings" portion</a> of the New York website. But in Chicago, that ad campaign will probably suffer: so far, we've got Chicago news anchors Ron Magers and Walter Jacobson who "each had a session." Sorry guys, you're not Barbara Walters or Woody Allen.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.<em>&nbsp;<a href="http://colectivoelpozo.weebly.com/">Los Carralejas</a>: The Story of a Kidnapping</em>&nbsp;will be presented</strong></span></span> in only 4 performances May 3 through 6 at Luna Central, Teatro Luna's new venue. It's a production by visiting group Colectivo El Pozo. But know before you go that it's in Spanish with English subtitles.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Now that it's warm again</strong></span></span>, The Second City's Neighborhood Tour is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-23/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-523-86900">back</a>. Hosted by the apparently delightful Margaret Hicks, tours of Old Town start May 22 and continue on Sundays and Tuesdays through October 28.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1_0.jpg" style="float: left; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Just when you thought the onslaught was over</strong></span></span>,&nbsp;The Neo-Futurists announce their 24th season, which includes<em>&nbsp;44 Plays for 44 Presidents </em>(a remount from 2001, and part of the Plays for Presidents Festival), <em>Analog </em>by Kurt Chiang (about the concept of fate),&nbsp;<em>The Miss Neo-Futurist Pageant</em> by Megan Mercier ("Through personal narrative, games, and competitive sport as devised by an ensemble of Neo-Futurist women, this spin on American beauty pageant forms explores the challenges of gender and societal identity as girls decide to become women")&nbsp;and of course,&nbsp;<em>Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind</em>. What if they didn't renew it one year? WHAT THEN?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://www.talklikeshakespeare.org/">Talk Like Shakespeare</a>&nbsp;Day </strong></span></span>was yesterday; if you talked like Shakespeare to the right guy, you got a free ride on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel. I did it. It was fun, if awkward.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-neo-futurists-announce-24th-season-98504 Daily Rehearsal: Shake-ups from the Neo-Futurists http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-29/daily-rehearsal-shake-ups-neo-futurists-94427 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-29/ensemble2009-2-small.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Samantha Irby, our usually NSFW friend</strong></span></span> at <em>The Paper Machete</em>, <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/books/15025409/samantha-irby">is profiled in the latest <em>TimeOut</em></a>. She's available if you want to take her out: "I’m hoping this article gets me laid." Direct quote. Learn more about Irby's loves (like New Kids on the Block) in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-04/5-machete-questions-samantha-irby-nkotb-fan-93763">our <em>Machete</em> extra with her from a few weeks back</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. A <a href="http://reviewsyoucaniews.blogspot.com/2011/11/sweet-confinement-sinnerman-theatre.html">new Review You Can Iews</a></strong></span></span> -- and this one comes with an A+ rating! In it, <a href="http://reviewsyoucaniews.blogspot.com/2011/11/sweet-confinement-sinnerman-theatre.html">John Moran compares</a> SiNNERMAN's <em>Sweet Confinement&nbsp;</em>to<em> The Walking Dead.</em></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. At the Annoyance tonight at 9:30:<a href="http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/inaworld/"> <em>In A World</em></a></strong></span></span>, which "creates an entire universe of comic characters and situations" from one suggestion. So, improv. These characters are played by Aidy Bryant, Chris Day, Nancy Friedrich, T.J. Jagodowski, Conner O’Malley, Rebecca Sohn, Rich Sohn, Chris Witaske and special guests depending on the evening.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-29/ensemble2009-2-small.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title="(Photo by Andrew Collings)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. A lot of news from the Neo-Futurists</strong></span></span>: you can now get advance reservations for <em>Too Much Light</em>, they'll have a New Year's show, and also special 23rd anniversary shows coming up. Of course, lots of catches with this news: The advance reservations are $20 (at least 5 more than usual) and not applicable on Friday and Saturday nights. And the New Year's show will include a toast and pizza (all for $50). They've ALSO welcomed new ensemble members:&nbsp;Brenda Arellano, Trevor Dawkins, Tif Harrison, and Leah Urzendowski.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-25/dueling-critics-black-ensemble-theater-revives-jackie-wilson-story-94336">Hear the Dueling Critics talk</a> all about Black Ensemble Theatre's new space</strong></span></span> -- and their new show,<em> The Jackie Wilson Story -- </em>on <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>last week. While Jonathan Abarbanel says that there's always "a certain cookie cutter-ness" to their productions, and a selective history of the black experiencec about them, he praises Kelvin Rosten Jr.'s performance. Kelly Kleiman tells us that the new "space is beautiful" and is "really going to boost the attractiveness of the neighborhood", which is Uptown.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-29/daily-rehearsal-shake-ups-neo-futurists-94427 Daily Rehearsal: Fall theater previews galore http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/daily-rehearsal-fall-theater-previews-galore-91964 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/timeoutfallpreview.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Bus Stop</em>&nbsp;comes from <a href="http://www.raventheatre.com/">Raven Theatre</a> in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-02/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-62-87319">October</a></strong></span></span>, and it sounds romantic: "Trapped by a blustery winter storm, wayward travelers converge at a rural Kansas City diner. Forced to stay the night, the weary group turns the cold into heat as they discover new relationships." In a statement, director JoAnn Montemurro said,&nbsp;“Raven's mission is to present plays that illuminate the American experience and you can't get more American than cowboys and a showgirl stranded in Kansas."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Stage Left Theatre has announced the recipients</strong></span></span> of their Downstage Left playwright residencies for the 30th season. They say that "this season represents the start of a larger scale restructuring of the program's resources towards extended development opportunities." This was the first year they had an open application process, and the residencies that won include&nbsp;</span><i>Warped</i>&nbsp;by Barbara Lhota and&nbsp;<i>Witches Vanish</i>&nbsp;by Claudia Barnett. <em>Warped </em>feels a little ripped from the headlines; it's about a drunk woman who is reportedly raped by police officers that drove her home. And <em>Witches Vanish</em> retells Macbeth.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-14/timeoutfallpreview.JPG" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 402px;" title="Justin Timberlake doesn't do theater, but the people inside do"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Strawdog also opens their new season in October</strong></span></span>, with <i><a href="http://www.strawdog.org/index.php?section=history&amp;production=oldtimes">Old Times</a></i>. That may sound familiar to you, and but don't get it confused with <em>Old Town</em>, the play the company put on in October. Kimberly Senior last did <em>The Cherry Orchard</em>, which you also might recall did pretty well, review-wise.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. I'm catching up on <em>This American Life</em></strong></span></span>, so this is new news to me; their September 5 episode (originally aired in 2003, so it's really old) called "<a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/241/20-acts-in-60-minutes">20 Acts in 60 Minutes</a>" was inspired by the Neo-Futurists. TAL throws their usual structure on their heads (long-form audio stories) to bring you short short little pieces, like <em>Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind</em>, which famously performs 30 plays in 60 minutes once a week.&nbsp;Of course, lots of radio does this every week (like radio news, for example), but I guess that doesn't make the gimmick less exciting. If you'd like to listen to just this one the piece during the show, it's the last one before the first break.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. Fall preview season is upon us</span></strong></span>, and the latest from <em>Chicago Magazine</em> and <em>TimeOut </em>have hit my desk. <em>Chicago Magazine</em> steals a bit from <em>New York Magazine </em>and creates an "Anticipation Index" of what they're excited about, gives us "Promising Players", a look at five young people being talented, a glimpse at the difficiculties of putting on a solo show, and an interview with Patrick Andrews, the younger star of <em>Red</em>. <em>TimeOut </em>has a look at the <em>six </em>local companies with new artistic directors, the headshots of the actors for <em>Spring Awakening</em>, the story behind the new space for the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural center, and a Q&amp;A with Kate Fry, the star of Sarah Ruhl's <em>In the Next Room or the vibrator play</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/daily-rehearsal-fall-theater-previews-galore-91964 Video: Alderman Ed Bus with Martha Lavey & the Neo-Futurists http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-alderman-ed-bus-martha-lavey-neo-futurists <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//votebus.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="297" width="485"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/njFG0m3exkw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="297" width="485" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/njFG0m3exkw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>Today I&nbsp;bring you episode #3 of the <a href="http://www.53rdward.com">53rd Ward</a>, a web-series produced by Schadenfreude (my comedy group). The series follows a fake alderman, Ed Bus, from the fictitious 53rd Ward as he campaigns for mayor of Chicago.</p><p>We've seen Alderman Bus <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-episode-2-alderman-ed-bus-d-53rd-runs-mayor">deal with the media</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-who-should-run-mayor-alderman-ed-bus-d-53rd-should-run-mayor">come up with campaign slogans</a> and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/chicago-newsroom-gets-turned-upside-down-alderman-ed-bus-d-53">barge onto a CAN-TV&nbsp;program</a>, but today's episode is all about fundraising. And instead of making calls to the wealthy, Bus' campaign manager has a better idea: Produce a play.</p><p>Cameos by Steppenwolf's Martha Lavey and Neo-Futurists Greg&nbsp;Allen &amp;&nbsp;John Pierson.</p><p><em>Disclaimer: No animals were harmed or humans paid while producing this series. </em></p></p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-alderman-ed-bus-martha-lavey-neo-futurists