WBEZ | ETA http://www.wbez.org/tags/eta Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Theater on the move to Governors State University http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-13/theater-move-governors-state-university-87769 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-13/The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 135px; " title=""></p><p>So here’s good news, and a second thought.&nbsp;<a href="http://cct.org">Chicago Community Trust</a> has just awarded&nbsp;$50,000 to the <a href="http://www.centertickets.net/">Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University</a> to bring in <a href="http://etacreativearts.org">eta Creative&nbsp;Arts</a>, <a href="http://mpaact.org">MPAACT</a> and <a href="http://srtp.org">Silk Road Theatre Project</a>. The program is called “One More Night” and<br> will offer just that: a single encore performance at the Center from each of the featured&nbsp;companies. Eta will go first, with a production in November, followed by MPAACT in January&nbsp;and Silk Road (TBA).<br> <br> The notion, of course, is to improve access to Chicago’s diverse theatrical culture to audiences in&nbsp;the southern suburbs, which are nearly as far removed from eta (on the Southeast Side) as from&nbsp;Silk Road (in the Loop) and MPAACT (in Lincoln Park).<br> <br> But as fellow <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics">Dueling Critic</a> Jonathan Abarbanel and I will be discussing this coming Friday&nbsp;on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight"><em>Eight-Forty-Eight</em></a>, the least-well-served part of our listening area is not the South Side, or even the southern&nbsp;suburbs, but the West Side. All kudos to Governors State for creating this program and getting it&nbsp;funded; but wouldn’t it be great if the Trust could find a partner with whom to extend the&nbsp;program on the West Side?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newwestinghouse.org/">Westinghouse High School</a>, for instance–already a transfer house for&nbsp;eta–has a state-of-the-art theater that could probably accommodate other companies as well.<br> <br> If the mountain won’t come to Mohammed . . .</p></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-13/theater-move-governors-state-university-87769 Dueling Critics: 'Tearing Down the Walls' at the ETA http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/dueling-critics-tearing-down-walls-eta <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Tearing down the walls.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>This year marks the 40th anniversary of <a href="http://etacreativearts.org/mainstage_shows.html" target="_blank">ETA Creative Arts Foundation</a>. Over the decades, ETA has aimed to present, in their words, &quot;Valid projections of African American lifestyles, experiences and aspirations.&quot; The company also provides a platform for emerging playwrights and new productions.</p><p>The new play &quot;<a href="http://etacreativearts.org/mainstage_shows.html" target="_blank">Tearing Down the Walls</a>&quot; hits all these points. Set in Bronzeville, the walls of the title are both physical and emotional.</p><p>&quot;Eight Forty-Eight&rsquo;s&quot; <em>Dueling Critics</em>, Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman, joined host Alison Cuddy to discuss the production.</p><p>&quot;Tearing Down the Walls&quot; is at ETA&nbsp;Creative Arts Foundation through Feb. 13.</p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/dueling-critics-tearing-down-walls-eta