This Isn’t Kansas Anymore: Inside COSMOLOGIES with Darci Nalepa

This Isn’t Kansas Anymore: Inside COSMOLOGIES with Darci Nalepa

Our “Inside” series takes you behind the scenes of productions through blog posts written by the artists in the trenches. To read past “Inside” pieces, click here.  (left to right) Darci Nalepa and Kenny Mihlfried in The Gift Theatre’s Midwest premiere of David Rabe’s COSMOLOGIES, directed by Artistic Director Michael Patrick...

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Chase the Impossible — Inside COSMOLOGIES with Michael Patrick Thornton

Chase the Impossible — Inside COSMOLOGIES with Michael Patrick Thornton

Gift Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton takes us into his relationship with Playwright David Rabe, with a slew of advice for producing work that is “Impossible. Slippery. Colossal. Relentless.”

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Inside PIPPIN: Video Design with G. “Max” Maxin IV

Inside PIPPIN: Video Design with G. “Max” Maxin IV

Photo: Sawyer Smith and the cast of PIPPIN | Brett Beiner By G. “Max” Maxin IV Traditionally, theater is rooted in suspension of belief. When an audience walks into a theater, they check in with the box office, they might see the set before the actors come on stage, they...

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Inside COSMOLOGIES: David Rabe on Script Changes in Rehearsal and Working with The Gift Theatre

Inside COSMOLOGIES: David Rabe on Script Changes in Rehearsal and Working with The Gift Theatre

Playwright David Rabe talks about the process of getting COSMOLOGIES on its feet at The Gift.

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Inside PIPPIN: Filling the Space with Brenda Didier

Inside PIPPIN: Filling the Space with Brenda Didier

Choreographer Brenda Didier talks spacial awareness, as she glides PIPPIN in Mercury’s new 65-seat Venus Cabaret.

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Jackalope Enters Its Second Decade a Leader in New Play Development

Jackalope Enters Its Second Decade a Leader in New Play Development

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.

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Our Gang: Performing and Belonging

Our Gang: Performing and Belonging

Why does it feel so good to be part of a group of creative individuals?

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The Death of Jeff Loeffelholz and Theater’s Ugly Secrets

The Death of Jeff Loeffelholz and Theater’s Ugly Secrets

On June 22, Jeff Loeffelholz was subjected to a humiliating dressing down after 22 years as a standby for the Broadway production of Chicago. One week later, he took his own life.

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theTEN with Leah Morrow

theTEN with Leah Morrow

Jump inside the brains of Chicago theater artists as we ask them 10 questions that were in no way inspired by “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”

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theTEN with Daniel Kyri

theTEN with Daniel Kyri

Pictured: Daniel Kyri Jump inside the brains of Chicago theater artists as we ask them 10 questions that were in no way inspired by “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” What’s the one role/show you’ve always wanted to work on that you haven’t yet? Romeo. I have always, always, always wanted to...

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