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Molly Brennan Named Physical Theater Director at Actor’s Gymnasium

The Actors Gymnasium–a multi-disciplined artist training facility in Evanston–announced the addition of Molly Brennan as the new Physical Theatre Director for the Professional Circus Training Program’s 2016-17 year.

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Steep Theatre Commissions New Calamity West Play

Steep Theatre recently announced the commission of a new play by Chicago-based playwright Calamity West. The commission is a first for the 15-year-old theater and will mark the first time West and Steep have worked together. This partnership, according to Steep, “will be an exciting next step, as will Steep’s 16th season, scheduled to be announced in June, a season which will include the ensemble’s second world premiere in as many seasons.”

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INSIDE LITTLE SHOP Part 3: Adventures in Tech

In our final days in the rehearsal space, we had a sitzprobe and a designer run which were both exciting and crowded. Between the cast, the band, and the creative/production team, there are more than 35 people involved in bringing this show to life.

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AstonRep Announces Season

AstonRep Theatre Company announced its full 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall with its first-ever world premiere – THE BLACK SLOT, Warren Hoffman’s satire about racial politics in the American regional theater, directed by Associate Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen.

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Broken Nose Theatre Announces Casting for HUMAN TERRAIN
Continuing their first season as a pay-what-you-can organization, Broken Nose Theatre announced Friday the cast for the Chicago premiere of HUMAN TERRAIN by recent PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award winner Jennifer Blackmer. Directed by Broken Nose Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson, the production will feature Kim Boler as Mabry, Robert Koon... Read more
Metropolis Announces ’16-’17 Season
The 16-17 Season at Metropolis includes Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (September 22 – November 6, 2016), Tom Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (February 2 – March 19, 2017),  HAIR (May 18 – July 2, 2017), and the five-time Tony Award-winning play PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (July 13 – August 20, 2017). The... Read more
Female-Driven ONE MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL Takes Stage This Week

When asked what led producing artistic director and founder of the ONE MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (or 1MPF) to focus this year’s Chicago festival on female-identified writers and directors, Dominic D’Andrea said “over the past couple of years the climate of the festival has been more women-forward, just organically.

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IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES Deserves Our Attention

Memories are beautiful moments that awake our purpose for living. It is not easy to memorialize the story of the Mirabal sisters and the volatile history of the Dominican people during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. However, Caridad Svich writes a symphonic liberation of Julia Álvarez’s renowned novel IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES.

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Weiss & Parrish’s THE VIEW FROM TALL to Premiere at LA Film Fest

Frequent Chicago theater collaborators Erica Weiss and Caitlin Parrish have landed the LA Film Festival for the premiere of their Chicago-shot independent film THE VIEW FROM TALL, an adaptation of one of Parrish’s plays.

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2016 Merritt Awards Honor Chicago Designers and Technicians

Nationally-known Sound Designer and Composer Michael Bodeen will receive the 2016 Merritt Award. The Michael Merritt Award, a national award unique in its emphasis on excellence in both design and collaboration, is presented annually to a scenic, costume, lighting, sound, or other media designer.

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