Though still small and scrappy, Jackalope has become one of the most respected small companies in Chicago, and their cohort of collaborating artists are some of the most sought after in the off-loop scene.
“Only then did we start to explore the transitions in which Laura Eason gives us the repeated stage direction: ‘clothes come off, sex is imminent.'”
As American Theater Company prepares for its 33rd season, Kyle Whalen sits down with Artistic Director Will Davis to talk his creative process, and about the season’s theme “what does it mean to be an American?”
An in-depth conversation with the boisterously honest and unapologetically opinionated Chicago-based playwright.
“My sincere hope is that it will build more understanding and empathy and open people’s eyes to the fact that there are just so many different kinds of people,” Shay says.
Breon Arzell and Daniel Kyri are both making their Goodman Theatre debuts in Charles Smith’s Objects in the Mirror. PerformInk’s Kyle Whalen sat down with the duo for a revealing in-depth conversation on life and art.
“I feel like the first time you work with a director, you’re designing, you’re doing all the normal stuff, but you’re also learning how to communicate. You’re learning each other’s vocabularies. Which is always real exciting, I mean. It’s just like first dates with people—you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Attend any production of FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY and you’re guaranteed to witness a deeply intimate play — a gift, in fact — written by playwright Sarah Ruhl specifically for her mother, Kathleen Ruhl.
Upon entering the sunny rehearsal space for Theater Wit’s 10 OUT OF 12, I find two of everything: two stage managers at their duplicate tables; two directors alternately sitting back in pensive reflection, then hopping up to offer guidance; two sets of assistant directors noting their mentors’ every move. Watching the preparation of this ambitious play—which details, moment by moment, the process of a tech rehearsal—provides a double image of a singular experience.