Now, on a Huffington Post piece titled Why White Actors Should Not Be Cast In Latinx Roles—On Broadway Or Off, Weiss has made her first response to the casting issue in the comments section, saying “Do you think Jonathan Pryce should be banned from playing Shylock because he is not Jewish? Do you think you should only recruit murderers in Cook County jail to play Macbeth? It is called acting.”
Timber Lake Playhouse, the Mt. Caroll stock theater that hosts dozens of Chicago-based artists every summer, has announced its 2017 season. MARY POPPINS will kick off the season next June, followed by Eugene O’Neill’s romantic coming-of-age comedy AH, WILDERNESS!.
The cast and creative team is set for Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s revival of WONDERFUL TOWN—Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. WONDERFUL TOWN follows the adventure of sisters Eileen and Ruth, who leave Columbus, Ohio in search of success in the Big Apple.
American Theater Company (ATC) has restructured its 2016-17 Season, postponing the world premiere of Basil Kreimendahl’s WE’RE GONNA BE OKAY to the following season. The other three previously announced plays will run on an updated production schedule.
The Chicago Inclusion Project has announced casting for their summer reading series production of, IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY by Sarah Ruhl.
Kokandy Productions announced its fifth season, with an expanded line-up from previous years, featuring four musicals, including two Chicago premieres. The 2017/18 Season will also include numerous readings and workshops as a part of Kokandy’s “New Works Initiative.” The new season also marks the company’s transition to a not-for-profit organization.
Theater Department Chair John Green will be stepping down at the end of the summer, and the administrative staffs of the Theater and Dance departments will be combining.