1. FML on Saturday is pay-what-you-will. Little known fun fact: so is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Don’t let them get one over on you and cheap art.
2. Tony-winner Laura Benanti, last seen on The Playboy Club, is going back to NBC, this time for a pilot starring Matthew Perry.3. Court Theatre has announced their 2012-13 season; it’ll be the always popular August Wilson’s Jitney, directed by Ron OJ Parson; James Joyce’s The Dead directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell (“a reimagining”); David Hare’s Skylight directed by William Brown; and David Auburn’s Proof, also directed by Charles Newell. Finally, Newell will direct Moliere’s The Misanthrope and Tartuffe. Wouldn’t it be cool (if cool means “the worst thing ever”) to have the Proof performed in front of a screening of the movie version with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal. Just a thought.
4. The finalists of Chicago’s August Wilson Monologue Competition have been announced; they’ll perform on March 19 at the Goodman, with free admission for all. The competition is among Chicago area high school students, and “exposes [them] to the richness of Wilson’s Century Cycle, and incorporates the plays into the standard high school curriculum.” This competition is a nation-wide thing; Chicago’s will be judged by Narda Alcorn, who has stage managed August Wilson productions on Broadway, Steppenwolf’s Alana Arenas, Tanera Marshall, the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Music at UIC, and actor Cedric Young. Finalists get some money and a trip to New York for the finals; “The top monolguist in Chicago will also receive a scholarship to UIC for one semester of tuition and fees.”
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