WBEZ | Victory Gardens Theatre http://www.wbez.org/tags/victory-gardens-theatre Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Victory Gardens replaces 'Chicago is Burning' with 'Mojada', set in Pilsen http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-victory-gardens-replaces-chicago-burning-mojada-set <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pp-mojada.png" style="height: 375px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="'Mojada'" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Victory Gardens Theater&nbsp;is replacing <em>Chicago is Burning</em></strong></span></span>, the last production <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-21/daily-rehearsal-el-doctorow-discuss-march-97512">of their 2012-13 season</a>, with a new play by Associate Artist Luis Alfaro, entitled <em>Mojada</em>. According to the theater, it sounds as though Marcus Gardley&#39;s <em>Chicago is Burning</em> just wasn&#39;t quite done gestating: &quot;Victory Gardens intends to find the appropriate time to present&nbsp;Gardley&rsquo;s play&nbsp;when it&nbsp;is ready for production.&quot; <em>Mojada </em>is described as &quot;a breathtaking reimagining of&nbsp;Euripides&#39;&nbsp;<em>Medea&nbsp;</em>transported to&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s Pilsen neighborhood.&quot; As of now, <a href="http://victorygardens.org/enhance/calendar_Jul13.php">their schedule</a> has not been updated, but at left is the new production&#39;s artwork.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Never fear: <a href="https://www.theaterwit.org/tickets/productions/99/performances#top">Theater Wit</a> </strong></span></span>is of course bringing back <em>The Santaland Diaries</em> for the ninth year in a row.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Lookingglass has extended&nbsp;<em>Metamorphoses </em></strong></span></span>for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-its-getting-be-spooky-season-103077">a second time</a>, through the holidays.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;Not-for-profit theaters </strong></span></span>contributed nearly $1.94 billion to the US economy and attracted 34 million attendees, <a href="http://www.lastagetimes.com/2012/10/tcg-report-nonprofit-theatres-on-the-rebound/">according to&nbsp;<em>Theatre Facts 2011</em></a>.&quot; Additionally, the report indicates that theaters gained an audience of 3 million between 2010 and 2011, and income increased over 15 percent. Read more at the link.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-victory-gardens-replaces-chicago-burning-mojada-set 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: Mythologizing Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-mythologizing-chicago-100576 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/myth%20chicago.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 269px; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;When it comes to using the stage</strong></span></span> to mythologize its own unique stories, is there any city that can claim more success than Chicago?&quot;<a href="http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/1219160--how-chicago-theatres-mythologize-their-city-knelman"> asks<em> Toronto Star</em> reviewer Martin Knelman</a>, who waxes on about <em>Eastland</em>,<em> Clybourne Park </em>and<em> Immediate Family</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.victorygardens.org">Victory Gardens</a> </strong></span></span>has announced their line-up for this summer&#39;s Ignition play festival. They&#39;ve chosen&nbsp;<em>Seven Spots on the Sun</em> by Martín Zimmerman; <em>The Shotgun Message </em>by A. Rey Pamatmat; <em>Samsara </em>by Lauren Yee; <em>Appropriate</em> by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and <em>The Curious Walk of the Salamander</em> by Kirsten Greenidge. They&#39;ve also announced that their ensemble member Marcus Gardley will become a playwright-in-residence, who is working on an original play entitled <em>Chicago is Burning</em>. The festival runs&nbsp;July 29 through August 12 and has been expanded to two weeks because they&#39;d like to &quot;offer increased time and attention to the work of this incredible group of artists and to offer more opportunity for them to engage with each other and with our city,&quot; said Director of New Play Development Jackson Scott.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/oh-the-humanity-at-the-gift-theatre/Content?oid=6796315">Tony Adler on Will Eno</a>&#39;s&nbsp;</strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>Oh, the Humanity! </strong></span></span>(and Other Exclamations) </em>at the Gift Theatre: &quot;If this is gimmickry, it&#39;s the highest caliber stuff.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="http://kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 09:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-mythologizing-chicago-100576 Daily Rehearsal: E.L. Doctorow to discuss 'The March' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-21/daily-rehearsal-el-doctorow-discuss-march-97512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-21/File:TheMarchBookCover.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Upcoming comics at Zanies </strong></span></span>from March through May: Kevin Bozeman, Jake Johannsen, Greg Proops, Doug Benson, Rob Little, Bret Ernst, Cameron Esposito &amp; Adam Burke co-headlining, Jared Logan, John Roy and Mike Vecchione. Men.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Lookingglass' 25th anniversary season </strong></span></span>has, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-15/daily-rehearsal-metamorphoses-returns-lookingglass-after-decades-96">as announced before, <em>Metamorphoses</em></a>. There will also be <em>Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo</em> and <em>Still Alive</em>. And David Schwimmer will direct the world premiere of Keith Huff's <em>Big Lake Big City</em>; Huff wrote <em>A Steady Rain</em>.&nbsp;“It’s both thrilling and apt that in our 25th&nbsp;Anniversary Season we’re serving up a quintessential Lookingglass feast for our audiences and artists," said Artistic Director Andrew White in a statement. &nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/File%3ATheMarchBookCover.jpeg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 300px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-01/teatro-vista-new-york-and-chicago-honors-84628">Remember when</a> the Goodman and Teatro Vista</strong></span></span> did <em>El Nogalar</em> which became a big deal? Now they're trying to recapture the magic with<em> Fish Man</em> by Puerto Rican playwright&nbsp;Cándido Tirado’s. It's a "new comedic drama about a group of urban chess hustlers drawn together by a shared need to overcome their individual demons." This is all part of the three-year producing partnership between the two theater companies. It opens April 7.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Victory Gardens has announced their 2012-13 season</strong></span></span>. They say: "The season will include&nbsp;<em>Equivocation</em>&nbsp;by Bill Cain, directed by Sean Graney;&nbsp;<em>Failure: A Love Story</em>&nbsp;by Phillip Dawkins, directed by Seth Bockley;&nbsp;<em>Disconnect</em>&nbsp;by Anupama Chandrasekhar, directed by Dexter Bullard;<em>&nbsp;The Whale</em>&nbsp;by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Joanie Schultz; and&nbsp;<em>Chicago is Burning</em>&nbsp;by Marcus Gardley, directed by Chay Yew." Ideas of home is the theme.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. As part of their plan to put up <em>The March</em></strong></span></span>, Steppenwolf will have an evening of discussion with E.L. Doctorow himself and Frank Galati. It's April 16 at 7 pm. One conversation that you might not want to miss.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-21/daily-rehearsal-el-doctorow-discuss-march-97512 Daily Rehearsal: The Beckoning of the Lovely beckons one last time http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-24/daily-rehearsal-beckoning-lovely-beckons-one-last-time-95774 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-24/amy beckoning final.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Victory Gardens have appointed Geoffrey Jackson Scott</strong></span></span>&nbsp;Director of New Play Development -- a new position, where he help&nbsp;"to further develop Victory Gardens as the home to bold voices of world premiere theater." Jackson Scott comes from&nbsp;New York Theatre Workshop, where he was a Literary Associate.&nbsp;“We are extremely pleased to have Geoffrey complete our artistic staff and return to his hometown of Chicago. I've loved working and collaborating with&nbsp;him on new plays for many years. I know he will bring his immeasurable experience, commitment&nbsp;and passion for new theatre work to Victory Gardens,” said&nbsp;Chay Yew. And they say there are no jobs!</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The schedule for the live filming of <a href="http://fearnoartchicago.com/about-dinner-party/"><em>The Dinner Party</em></a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;from Fear No Art has been posted, where WBEZ contributor Elysabeth Alfano hosts three artists and a celebrity chef to have dinner at the Mayne Stage on the last Monday of every month. This month's lineup includes&nbsp;artist Tony Fitzpatrick, musician Jon Langford, Jeff Award winning director&nbsp;Rachel Rockwell, with chef Homaro Cantu of Moto and iNG.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. </strong></span></span><a href="http://cornservatory.org/?page_id=966"><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Corn Gives You VD</strong></span></span>…Again and Again and Again and Again! </em></a>Yeah, that's what this show is called. It's "an evening of sex and relationship related sketch comedy and&nbsp;improv along with an open bar and wonderful dessert buffet all to screw with Cupid and his like and to make you feel justified in celebrating the most Hated Hallmark Holiday your way……getting drunk, laughing, and eating chocolate ‘til you puke… ahhhh romance!" Wow. It's going down -- when else -- February 14.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. This is the final installment of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mission-amy-kr">Amy K-R</a>'s</strong></span></span> The Beckoning of Lovely project; the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QVQSZA9zSk">first one</a> happened at the Bean in Millennium Park on 8/8/08. I can tell you the 11/11/11 gathering below was slightly colder than the first had been.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6FTBqftKwmc" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. National Pastime</strong></span></span>, which we recently learned had been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-17/daily-rehearsal-chicagoan-wraps-it-golden-globes-95594">losing its space to Profiles Theatre</a>, is moving to "the historic Masonic Hall on the forth floor of the Preston Bradley Center at 941 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. Who's been there? And who is secretly a Mason, or wants to be? The opening will be on Valentine's Day, when they'll host&nbsp;The Beginning of the Big Time, a jazz benefit where proceeds will go to restoring the space. More details about upcoming projects, and new hires, <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/newswire.php?newsID=657">here</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-24/daily-rehearsal-beckoning-lovely-beckons-one-last-time-95774 Daily Rehearsal: Holland Taylor on the stage, not on 'Two and a Half Men' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-10/daily-rehearsal-holland-taylor-stage-not-two-and-half-men-93938 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-10/3591393684_344fb8cc53.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-10/3591393684_344fb8cc53.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 179px; height: 250px;" title="Holland Taylor (Flickr/David Shankbone)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The performance that you've (I've) been eagerly waiting for</strong></span></span> has finally hit, and it's got so much more bang for its buck than I ever dreamed. Holland Tyalor plays former Texas Governor Ann Richards in <a href="http://www.chicago-theater.com/theaters/bank-of-america-theater/ann-an-affectionate-portrait-of-ann-richards.php"><em>Ann - An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards</em></a>. Taylor wrote the one-woman show, of which <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/8717160-421/holland-taylor-paints-a-portrait-of-the-feisty-gov-ann-richards-in-one-woman-show.html">she says</a>, "It is an adventure that has expanded me and changed my life and my career. I’m a pretty solitary and melancholy person, but I now get to be gregarious and outgoing. Ann has taught me to have a party in my life." It opens this Sunday.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Casting has been announced for&nbsp;Porchlight's<em>&nbsp;<a href="http://porchlightmusictheatre.org/a-catered-affair/">A Catered Affair</a></em></strong></span></span>, which<em style="">&nbsp;</em>opens&nbsp;February 18. Expect&nbsp;Rebecca Finnegan, Craig Spidle, Kelly Davis Wilson&nbsp;and&nbsp;Jerry O’Boyle. But real talk, this play tackles the big stuff: "A couple must decide whether to spend their life savings on the family taxicab company or to celebrate their only daughter’s marriage with a lavish catered affair, providing her with the joyful wedding they never had for themselves." When I first read that I thought the family was deciding between just one cab ride and the wedding, which is sort of less than&nbsp;<em style="">Sophie's Choice</em>.<span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="text-align: left; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Reality? Youtube? Theater?&nbsp;</strong></span></span>It's all the same. "What is it like to be an overnight Internet sensation? Chicago beatboxer Yuri Lane knows all about it." The play&nbsp;<em style="text-align: left;">MeTube&nbsp;</em>stars Lane, who is a "beatbox harmonica virtuoso" IRL, and about whom director Rachel Havrelock wrote the play. It plays this Saturday at 7:30 at Victory Gardens; watch a preview of Lane's talents below.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2cKqq_lcCwo" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Straight off of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-09/daily-rehearsal-emanuel-makes-dance-proclamation-93902">yesterday's exciting circus update</a></strong></span></span>, we learn that this is the perfect circus for "a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/11/08/a-simpler-circus">circus virgin</a>." &nbsp;The <em>Reader</em> also brings us a <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/11/04/hot-tix-sales-up-46-percent-is-that-good-news">glance into the sales of Hot Tix "half-off" tickets</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Watch <a href="http://www.livestream.com/newplay/folder?dirId=2322c9b2-d7c3-4493-b108-8045763e1627">@NewPlayTV's video archive</a></strong></span></span> of Steppenwolf's panel conversation from Sunday "How to Engage 21st Century Audiences in New Plays."&nbsp;Robert O’Hara and Marisa Wegrzyn discuss how playwrights have been involved in marketing their own plays, among other issues.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-10/daily-rehearsal-holland-taylor-stage-not-two-and-half-men-93938 Michael Sidney Fosberg looks back at a life 'Incognito' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/michael-sidney-fosberg-looks-back-life-incognito-82637 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Fosberg Incognito.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.incognitotheplay.com" target="_blank">Michael Sidney Fosberg</a> grew up in a white working-class family in Waukegan but at the age of 34 he learned he is black. Fosberg&rsquo;s search for his biological father led to decades of self reflection, confrontation and reconciliation. That nearly 20-year journey resulted in a one-man show and most recently, a memoir called <em>Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery</em>.<br /><br />Fosberg will celebrate that release and participate in a conversation about race Monday at Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.victorygardens.org/" target="_blank">Victory Gardens Theater</a>.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s Steve Edwards recently caught up with Fosberg to learn about the book and his journey. Fosberg started by describing how a name and his desire to learn more about his history made him pick up the phone.</p><p>Tune in Tuesday to hear how Fosberg&rsquo;s relationship with his father took a complicated turn after they reunited.</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/michael-sidney-fosberg-looks-back-life-incognito-82637