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Victory Gardens Theater announces the 2019/20 Season Directors Inclusion Initiative Assistant Directors including Alexander (Lex) Turner (Tiny Beautiful Things), Lanise Antoine Shelley (The First Deep Breath), Christina Casano (How To Defend Yourself), Jeremy Ohringer (Dhaba On Devon Ave) and Aliza Feder (The Right To Be Forgotten).
Promethean Theatre Ensemble will open its new season with the Chicago premiere of BLUE STOCKINGS – a drama of the first female students to seek degrees at Britain’s Cambridge University in 1896 and the obstacles they faced in that pursuit. BLUE STOCKINGS was the first play written by Jessica Swale, author of NELL GWYNN, which was seen in 2018 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Charles Spencer of London’s THE GUARDIAN, in reviewing the world premiere of BLUE STOCKINGS at London’s Globe Theatre, said “Jessica Swale tells the story with both wit and a hint of righteous indignation.” BLUE STOCKINGS will be directed for Promethean by Spenser Davis, a 2017 Jeff Award winner for his direction of AT THE TABLE by Broken Nose Theatre, where he is Director of Programming. BLUE STOCKINGS will be performed at The Den Theatre from September 13 – October 13, 2019.
Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, announced today the cast and creative team of the upcoming MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, running on the main stage from August 30 through November 3. The press opening is Sunday, September 8 at 7pm. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring ridiculous men in tight pants - not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. SPAMALOT will feature the creative talents of Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Director) and Shanna VanDerwerker (Choreographer).
Goodman Theatre’s commitment to new work and emerging artists continues in its 2019/2020 Season. Today, the Goodman named four Chicago-based writers to its Playwrights Unit--Monty Cole, a playwright and director whose work has been seen at Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group, American Theatre Company, Court Theatre and more; Nancy García Loza, whose audioplay, BRAVA: a folktale con música, was recently featured as part of Make-Believe Association’s inaugural season; Alex Lubischer, a Jeff Award-winning playwright (Bobbie Clearly) and three-time finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; and Steve Pickering, a longtime Chicago actor and playwright whose recent work includes an adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas. The Playwrights Unit, in partnership with Chicago Dramatists, meets bi-monthly to discuss their commissioned plays-in-progress with the Goodman’s artistic team. The residency culminates in a public staged reading of each new play in Summer 2020.
Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce its full 2019-20 Season, featuring two fully-produced musicals, plus the 6th annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL. The season kicks off this fall with the non-Equity world premiere of PROXY by Alexander Sage Oyen, Rachel Franco and Austin Regan, a story of journalistic and personal integrity set to a punk rock score, directed by Stephanie Rohr.
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to launch its 2019-20 Season with the Chicago premiere of BE HERE NOW, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s bittersweet comedy about searching for happiness, directed by Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner*. BE HERE NOW will play September 5 – October 19, 2019 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Single tickets go on sale Monday, August 5, 2019 at www.shatteredglobe.org, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.
Rescripted is thrilled to announce the third session of The Key: Young Critics Mentorship Program, September 25 – December 4 and hosted for the second year at Steppenwolf Theater, 1650 N. Halsted. Regina Victor, founder of the online arts journalism platform Rescripted, and entertainment critic Oliver Sava created the 10-week training program for Chicago youth in arts criticism. In league with The Chicago Inclusion Project, The Key has successfully held two sessions, educating young writers on the skills and industry knowledge needed to pursue careers in arts criticism. Alumni of The Key have written for outlets like Chicago Reader, Howlround, The Windy City Times, and Rescripted.
(L to R) Young Critics Mentorship Program Alumni Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel, Sierra Carlson, and Co-Facilitators Regina Victor and Oliver Sava after their session: "Turning Dramaturgy into Dramatic Criticism" at the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs Association National Conference. Photo courtesy of The Key
Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its U.S. premiere of Alistair McDowall’s mind-bending sci-fi thriller X, directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green*. The cast includes ensemble member Nate Whelden* with Natalie Ortega, Krystal Ortiz, Sarah Price, Gage Wallace and H.B. Ward.
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago’s only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, presents the world premiere of Laura and the Sea by Kate Tarker, directed by Devon de Mayo. Laura and the Sea, an unhappy comedy, runs October 25 – December 8, 2019 at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago.
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