Saturday, August 28, 2004

Like a Phoenix: McBlaine & Associates, Inc. filed for bankruptcy; Get Into the Act, Inc. is now in McBlaine's offices and is in possession of McBlaine's talent files. Russ Stewart is the registered agent for Get Into the Act and is also listed as the Attorney for Debtors on McBlaine's Bankruptcy document (from PerformInk).

PerformInk is running their Season Survey on-line now; theatres can submit information about themselves and about the shows they are producing this season (the survey runs through September 1). I imagine PerformInk will use the results for both the paper and their The Book: An Actor's Guide to Chicago.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Teaching Opportunity:
A private school in Evanston is currently seeking someone with theater and teaching experience to fill a part-time teacher/director position. The job includes benefits! If you're interested in learning more about this position, please email Playground president Matt Barbera (
This is all I know about this; caveat actor.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Zagat Theatre Survey Implications- among other interesting tid bits:
In response to the question "Where do you usually purchase theatre tickets?," the survey found that a plurality of theatregoers - 34% - buy their tickets on the Internet, while 21% obtain them at the box office and 19% purchase them at a TKTS discount ticket booth. The implications for advertisers are enormous - not simply in where they advertise, but also how
...survey participants see on average 15 shows a year, which is more than most theatregoers
(from TKTS is comparable to Chicago's HotTix.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Batman Begins has completed the Chicago part of their shoot.

Monday, August 16, 2004

SAG and AFTRA Talking Merger?
Rumors have begun to circulate that Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) may try to merge again (from

Beyond the substantive issues of making sure a unified entity is good for members, the merger supporters might tip the vote in their favor by way of image.

Last time merger was proposed, the new union was to be called "Alliance of International Media Artists" (AIMA). I suggest a different acronym for the new entity:"STAR" where STAR stands for Screen, Television And Radio. "STAR Actors" or "STAR Union"is descriptive and mildly catchy.

"AIMA" is a bit broader in scope, but the voting members might be less eager to be referred to as "AIMA" actors than to be called "STAR" Actors. The new name is just about the least important functional issue of a merger, but might get the merger more votes. Just a random thought.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

A monologue group is in the beginning stages of formation. It is for actors to assist one another in finding and refining monologues:
Anyone who is interested (and available) should come to Four Moon on Monday, September 13th at 7pm for an initial meeting
(from chicago-theatre yahoo group).
Four Moon Tavern is at 1847 W. Roscoe St. (Yahoo Map). This is all I know about this; caveat actor.

Monday, August 09, 2004

A Clockwork Orange will be Defiant Theatre's last show; the theatre company is disbanding (this is their eleventh season ).
From the Sun-Times:
Defiant Theatre, which for the past 11 years has been an outpost of the over-the-top, the avant-garde and, in the terminology of the art world, "the transgressive," will soon disband.
From PerformInk:
After 11 years and 32 productions, the company is doing one more show (A Clockwork Orange at the Storefront in September) and having a wake. Since 1999, most of the original Defiant members have either left the company or left town. In the last two years, the exodus has accelerated.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Actor Horoscopes (these struck me as sort of funny):
Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
A stack of Ross Reports will miraculously land at your feet, saving you hundreds of dollars a year. Unfortunately, an equal number of Backstage magazines will simultaneously land on your head.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 17)
Yes, the stars think you need new headshots too. So go get 'em, tiger!
Pisces (Feb. 18 to March 19)
The members of SAG will unanimously vote you the new President of the union...which strikes you as a bit strange, considering you are not a member of SAG yet.
Aries (March 20 to April 19)
OK, you may not like doing extra work, but it's still pretty cool being on 'Saturday Night Live,' isn't it?
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
You'll finally attract the attention of an agent. Unfortunately, he will be of the 'Central Intelligence' kind...
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
While you are not one to argue with your Level I Acting teacher, what exactly does 'Duck Duck Goose' teach you about the craft?
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
Send out your postcards...or go to the beach? Send out your postcards...or go to the beach? We trust you'll make the right choice!
Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22)
The stars think it's time to update your resume. You can start by removing the extra work you did on the movie 'C.H.U.D.'
Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
We predict the old man from the Great Adventure commercials will go the way of that Dell kid. What does this have to do with you? Absolutely nothing.
Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
You'll get cast as 'Temp Worker #2' in a feature film. To get into character, you'll show up late and sneak off in the middle of the day for an audition.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
This Fall, you'll be going to Sundance. Not the festival - the bar 'Sundance' on the upper East side.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
It's been a slow summer for everyone - stick with it, work will pick up!
James Murray
Casting Director
Scott Powers Studios, Inc.
I've heard some odd rumors about Scott Powers Studios; caveat actor.

Monday, August 02, 2004

How to be creative, from (e.g., Stamina=Success).

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Chicago Community Cinema, a networking event for independent film in Chicago, meets Tuesday, August 3rd, at 6:00 PM at Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn St. (Yahoo map).