The Yard, a theater company that immerses students in the Chicago storefront theatre-making process, has announced a slate of new resident artists and mentors: lighting designer Heather Gilbert; actor Kiki Layne; actor and visual artist Anthony Venturini; actor, poet, and rapper Mykele Deville; and stage manager and technician Daniel Parsons.
American Blues Theater’s triumphant LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will have Chicago audiences clamoring to head downtown to Skid Row. This intimately staged production has a full sound (with music director Austin Cook leading a four-piece band, you can feel the vibrations of the bass in the floor) and provides an all-encompassing, fully entertaining spectacle.
In our final days in the rehearsal space, we had a sitzprobe and a designer run which were both exciting and crowded. Between the cast, the band, and the creative/production team, there are more than 35 people involved in bringing this show to life.
True theatrical immediacy can be hard to come by. Plays take time to write, produce, and rehearse – it can be a challenge to keep them fresh and resonant, especially when they tackle major social and political issues.