Jason is a producer, manager, and designer with 17 years of experience in Chicago, New York, and in the touring market. In 2015, he founded Lotus Theatricals - the publisher of Performink, and an independent commercial producing company - with Abigail Trabue.
The Chicago Sun-Times has let go of chief theater critic Hedy Weiss after 34 years at the paper, according to media critic Robert Feder.
Always a polarizing figure, Weiss had come under fire recently for reviews and reporting that many in the theater community considered to be racist in nature. Namely, a review of Antoinette Nwandu’s PASS OVER at Steppenwolf in which she criticized the playwright for discussing violence against the black community at the hands of police officers, but not so-called black-on-black crime. Prior to that, Weiss defended casting white actors in non-white roles after Porchlight Theater cast an Italian-American actor in the role of Usnavi in IN THE HEIGHTS.
The position is said to have been eliminated, but that may just be a tactic to circumvent union rules in order to remove Weiss — or it could mean a massive reduction in arts coverage from the city’s second-largest paper.