Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Midwest Independent Film Festival takes place Tuesday, June 7th at 6 p.m. at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark Street [Yahoo Map].

Monday, May 30, 2005

The Old Professional Roles Email Forward:
  • Leaps Tall Buildings In A Single Bound
  • Is More Powerful Than A Locomotive
  • Is Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
  • Walks On Water
  • Gives Policy To God
  • Leaps Short Buildings In A Single Bound
  • Is More Powerful Than A Switch Engine
  • Is Just As Fast As A Speeding Bullet
  • Walks On Water If The Sea Is Calm
  • Talks With God
  • Leaps Short Buildings With A Running Start
  • Is Almost As Powerful As A Switch Engine
  • Is Faster Than A Speeding BB
  • Swims Well
  • Is Occasionally Addressed By God
  • Makes High Marks On The Wall When Trying To Leap Buildings
  • Is Run Over By Locomotives
  • Can Sometimes Handle A Gun Without Inflicting Self-Injury
  • Dog Paddles
  • Talks To Animals
  • Runs Into Buildings
  • Recognizes Locomotives Two Out Of Three Times
  • Is Not Issued Ammunition
  • Can Stay Afloat With A Life Preserver
  • Talks To Walls
Chorus member:
  • Falls Over Doorsteps When Trying To Enter Buildings
  • Says, Look At The Choo-Choo!
  • Wets Self With A Water Pistol
  • Plays In Mud Puddles
  • Mumbles To Self
Stage Manager:
  • Lifts Buildings And Walks Under Them
  • Kicks Locomotives Off The Track
  • Catches Speeding Bullets In Teeth And Eats Them
  • Freezes Water With A Single Glance
  • Is GOD

Friday, May 27, 2005


Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Monday, May 16, 2005

Theatre Seats (may be free):
If you know of a theater company (in or near Chicago) looking for 13
or less vintage theater seats, call George at 312/656-1255
This is all I know about this, caveat actor (or rather producer).

When researching Hamlet, actors (and everyone else) will soon be able to find every piece of scholarship and criticism about the play, and then to link it, line by line, to the text in an online database called hamletworks.org (from The Chronicle of Higher Education). Hopefully, this web site will be even better than the Arden edition of Hamlet which, if it's like their editions of Shakespeare's other plays, has very good notes.

Drury Lane Water Tower, a new theatre, opens it's debut show The Full Monty May 20th. There is also a good article about Tony De Santis, the main business force behind Drury Lane, in which he advises: Give them the best product you can and keep the prices down. It's worked for me so far. That article also has an inset about this new 549 seat space (from Chicago Sun-Times).

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Chicago Theatre Gets Some Good Press:
Chicago has always been a city with an exceptionally vibrant theater scene - arguably as exciting, if not as commercially successful, as New York's. Malkovich's return is a reminder of the many talented actors and writers - Gary Sinise, David Mamet, John C. Reilly - who got their start here.
But it's also been a city of ensembles, rather than stars - a town known for collaboration, rather than cutthroat competition (among theater companies, at least). And its audiences are still unusually quick to embrace edgy, untested fare.
With no real television or film presence, Chicago is still a town where actors can often find work, but not grow rich. And it lacks the prestige of New York or Los Angeles. That's one reason actors such as Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, and William H. Macy eventually move on. But they don't shy away from their roots. It's sort of a badge of courage that you were a Chicago actor, says Mr. Evans
(from The Christian Science Monitor).

Creating Theatre Addicts - the Benefits of the Arts:
Recently, the RAND Corporation released a report on the arts so surprisingly provocative that it caught the attention of not only arts administrators and foundation officers, but also the likes of the San Francisco Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal. Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts lobs a grenade into the well-stocked arsenal of most arts advocates and brandishes an alternative rationale. At the very least, the study has reignited intense debate about how best to articulate the value of the arts.
As the characters in the movie Reefer Madness, frequent arts participants need to encounter a gateway experience that makes them want more. Truly positive arts experiences, the study elaborates, must engage us, captivate us - mentally, emotionally and socially. Once hooked, frequent arts participants consider their chosen art form to be central to their own identity. Often this sense of identification is extended to a particular organization - a specific theatre, for instance. This is the type of deeply engaged patron every arts marketer, every artistic director, every theatre artist longs for
(by Brad Erickson from Theatre Bay Area).

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Stranger Than Fiction, directed by Marc Forster and starring Will Ferrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal, plans to shoot in Chicago April 25th through mid July 2005.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

PA Job in Mid May:
The creator of American Idol is holding auditions in the Chicago area for his new show. We are looking for production assistants who would like to help us out for a few days in May. We will be in Chicago from May 11th-14th. If you are interested please e-mail me your resume, either in the body of the e-mail or as an attachment.
This is all I know about this, caveat actor.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is tonight:
Austin Powers: Goldmember star and 18-year old Buffalo Grove native Aaron Himelstein will be presenting the Midwest Premiere of his haunting dramatic short, Sugar Mountain, at the inaugural Midwest Independent Film Festival (MWFF), on Tuesday, May 3rd. This gala event will be held at Chicago’s beautiful Landmark Century Centre Cinema Theater, 2828 North Clark [Yahoo Map].
On Tuesday, May 3rd, the pre-screening reception begins at the Landmark Theater, 2828 North Clark, at 6 pm. Then join host Mike McNamara as our inaugural program begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Post-screening reception will be held at Monsoon, 2813 N Broadway [Yahoo Map]
I think the Midwest Independent Film Festival is what Chicago Community Cinema has evolved into.