First Drafts, Focus, and Faith: Getting Candid with Calamity West

First Drafts, Focus, and Faith: Getting Candid with Calamity West

An in-depth conversation with the boisterously honest and unapologetically opinionated Chicago-based playwright.

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Four Playwrights Receive Two Year Residency at TimeLine

Four Playwrights Receive Two Year Residency at TimeLine

Four playwrights have been named to TimeLine Theatre Company’s Playwrights Collective, the company’s new-play incubator.

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GIVE IT ALL BACK Explores Pressures of the Public Gaze

GIVE IT ALL BACK Explores Pressures of the Public Gaze

Calamity West’s new play, GIVE IT ALL BACK, explores that great conflict between art and success. In the arts, whether or not a public life is part of our intention, whether or not we’ve truly considered celebrity, a certain amount of success will grant you fame, and with it, a unique brand of widespread recognition.

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Steep Theatre Commissions New Calamity West Play

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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Female-Driven ONE MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL Takes Stage This Week

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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