Monday, June 30, 2003

Katharine Hepburn died yesterday at her home in the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook, Conn. She was 96. 'I have no fear of death,' she said. 'Must be wonderful, like a long sleep. But let's face it: it's how you live that really counts' (from The New York Times).

Friday, June 27, 2003

'Free And Cheap Theatre's 2nd Birthday on June 30th, 2003
Enjoy cheap drinks, good company, great prizes, the fortune-telling talents of Tony Yalda and extraordinary music of Dylan Rice!!!
From 8 PM - midnight
at Goodbar
2512 N. Halsted (Yahoo Map)
(Must be 21+ years of age)
$3 Drinks all night long!!
Admission: $5 or $3 with your FACT Card 2003.' - Bethany Jorgensen

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

'Every two years leaders of the nation's not-for-profit regional theaters gather to take their collective temperature. In June 2001, they were running a fever. But after 9/11, a continually crashing economy, a war and a shifting market, it looks like it's time to call 911' (from The Hartford Courant).

For anyone seeking a sort-of-industry-related job:
'Education/Groups Apprentice at Chicago Shakespeare:
Brief Description
In this eleven-month-long, full-time, paid position, the Education/Groups Apprentice will assist in serving Team Shakespeare teachers and students, university professors and adult group leaders at our theater, as well as on an ongoing basis by telephone and written correspondence.
He/she will learn through the apprenticeship to administer and record all aspects of the group sales contract, and to build ongoing, service-oriented relationships with teachers along with other group leaders, and our student and group audiences.
Through the apprenticeship, the person will be exposed to many aspects of Chicago Shakespeare's education and group sales programs, including relationship-building, record-keeping, on- site supervision, teaching materials and teacher workshops, Teacher Resource Center, department-related writing.
He/she will be supervised by the Education Groups Manager.
Application process:
Send resume, cover letter, and references to (No faxes, calls, email):
Cathy Switalski
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611'

Thursday, June 19, 2003

'Actors Network Meeting: This Sunday at 12 noon (June 22nd)
1803 W. Byron St. (Yahoo Map) $3 at the door
What Casting Directors Expect When Actors Come Audition:
Look who's talking to our group: Sean Bradley from O'Connor Casting.
We all need to hear this! Bring a friend... bring your headshot/resume.
Looking forward to seeing you all there - Jose Saro Solis, Director; Patti Balsis-Long, Assistant'

For anyone seeking a sort-of-industry-related part time job:
'Marketing Director For The Playground Improv Theater:
To Apply:
Position now open. For more information or to apply, send email.
Application should include letter of interest and resume.
Basic Position:
The Playground Improv Theater seeks an enterprising person with relevant experience who will serve as the theater's Marketing Director.
The Marketing Director's contract will cover a period of six months and include compensation of $2000.
The Director will make his or her own schedule and can work from home or the theater.'
I do not know very much about this job; caveat actor.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

At the Theatre Olympics, the USA was awarded a special prize by the international jury for its inclusivity and internationalism (from

An English Sense of Humour: A team of scientists at England's University of Hertfordshire have tried to quantify the things that make us laugh; according to them, people are most inclined to laugh on October 7 at 12:03 PM Chicago time and the funniest joke is:
A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, 'My friend is dead! What can I do?'
The operator says, 'Just take it easy. First, let's make sure he's dead.' There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on the line. He says, 'OK, now what?'
(from San Francisco Chronicle).

Sunday, June 15, 2003

24 Hour Theatre Project, four new plays written, rehearsed and performed in 24 hours, performs tomorrow at 8 PM at the Theatre Building Chicago - 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (Yahoo map).

Friday, June 13, 2003

Gregory Peck died yeasterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.
When he received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 1989, he warned of the dangers in having 'all pictures and television' made by 'two or three of these behemoths who happen also to own magazines, newspapers and cable stations.'
He continued: 'If these Mount Everests of the financial world are going to labor and bring forth still more pictures with people being blown to bits with bazookas and automatic assault rifles with no gory detail left unexploited, if they are going to encourage anxious, ambitious actors, directors, writers and producers to continue their assault on the English language by reducing the vocabularies of their characters to half a dozen words, with one colorful but overused Anglo-Saxon verb and one unbeautiful Anglo-Saxon noun covering just about every situation, then I would like to suggest that they stop and think about this: making millions is not the whole ball game, fellows. Pride of workmanship is worth more. Artistry is worth more.'
Mr. Peck said he thought that an actor's main obligation was to entertain, never to bore, and to perform with precision, professionalism and charm. 'Overacting,' he once said, 'is a self-indulgence, while underacting comes either through a lack of talent or a lack of courage.' Asked why he usually played sympathetic characters, he replied, 'I don't think I could stay interested for a couple of months in a character of mean motivation.'
(from The New York Times)

One year ago today, The Phantom of the Opera played its 6,000th performance on Broadway (from Playbill's Today in Theatre History).

'Theatregoers will be able to print colour-barcoded tickets straight from their home email to see Disney's coming stage version of The Lion King in Sydney... Taking the pain out of queueing at the box office and dramas over lost or mislaid tickets, customers will be emailed a file with their ticket and other information on the show, with a $3 saving on the booking fee' (from Australian IT).

Friday, June 06, 2003

Update on one of the two Chicago based reality shows I mentioned earlier (on June 3): 'Several denizens of Chicago's upscale Gold Coast are suing Bunim/Murray Productions alleging that shooting 'Starting Over' in their area would violate zoning regulations. The suit also alleges that renovations to the show's central location violate building permits. Several other residents have protested to city officials that the show will attract unsavory people to the neighborhood' (from Zap2it). Remember, actors doing reality shows is complicated at best, a bad career move at worst (from

For anyone seeking a sort-of-industry-related day job: 'The Chicago Humanities Festival is currently hiring seasonal ticket office staff for our 14th annual Festival, Saving + Spending. We have several part-time and full-time positions available.
The Ticket Services Supervisors will work with the Director and Manager to ensure a successful ticket-selling season for the November Festival. The Ticket Services Supervisors will assist in supervising all ticket office operations in order to uphold a professional and quality experience for Festival customers.
Responsibilities include assist Ticket Services Manager with hiring and training ticket office staff; scheduling ticket office staff at on site office, satellite office, and during the Festival; ensure quality customer service for all ticket services including satellite, on site, telephone, and internet services; and maintain ticket office sales reports. Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Ticket office and administrative and/or retail experience required
Two seasonal, part-time positions available (June 30 - November 14). For more information, visit our web page. To Apply send your resume and introductory letter presenting your qualifications to:
Chicago Humanities Festival
500 N Dearborn, Suite 1028
Chicago IL 60610
or via e-mail. The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employee.' The spelling errors are theirs; caveat actor.


Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Chicago Community Cinema, a networking event for independent film in Chicago, meets tonight at 6:00 PM at Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn St. (Yahoo map).

'Wedged just east of the Oriental Theatre, Noble Fool's new three-theater complex cost about $2.5 million to build. But the problem is the complex has very small performance spaces - even the mainstage houses only 153 people. And that makes it almost impossible for Noble Fool to make any money' (from Metromix).

Monday, June 02, 2003

Springfield legislators passed HB 234, a wage/tax credit bill for film, on Saturday: '...the state Senate Saturday night passed the wage/tax credit bill that gives Illinois its first step towards competitive parity with Canada and other U.S. states' and it should 'help bring visual media work to the state and boost employment for Illinois film workers' (from Reel Chicago).

Sunday, June 01, 2003

'Talisman Theatre of Elgin lost all of their costumes, props and scenery for their summer Shakespeare in the Park productions in a fire. They're looking for all kinds of things to hopefully replace in time for their end of June opening. If anyone has old costumes, props, etc. that they could donate to Talisman, please contact them. They have a wish list. -Brenda'