Friday, September 30, 2005


Open Big

That's what Hollywood wants. Martha Stewart is a write off because her first episode of the Apprentice had horrible ratings. That female president show, on the other hand, is on a roll. The irony, of course, is that these ratings are based on the promotion and the premise, not the show itself - they reflect viewership before word of mouth or first-hand experience.
We all want to open big. We want our product launches to be instant successes. We want the resumes we send out to be opened in one day, a call the next, an interview the third and a corner office by the end of the week [or for actors a starring role].
The new marketing, it appears, doesn't work that way
(from Seth Godin).

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Not-for-Profit Financial Basics Workshops

  1. Understanding Tax and Reporting Responsibilities - Thursday, October 6, 2005
  2. Setting up an Accounting System - Tuesday, November 1, 2005
  3. Creating a Budget and Constructing Cash-Flow Projections - Wednesday, November 16, 2005
This is all I know about this; caveat actor (or rather producer/managing director).

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

After an unscientific poll, it seems 70% of Chicago actors still use black and white headshots (30% use color). On the other hand, in a similar poll Chicago casting directors seemed to prefer color headshots. These are not scientific results, but worth noting nonetheless.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

ASM/sound op needed tonight for Funny Money:
$200 to run sound/ ASM for a sketch show. Needed tonight (9/20) and tomorrow 6-11pm then Thurs. thru Sats. thru 10/15 (4 weekends) 7-10pm. CALL don't e-mail Jon (773) 510-3390. Thanks.
This is all I know about this; caveat actor (or rather technician).

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Chicago hotline for Actors' Equity Association is (312) 641-0418.

Quote about illusion:
Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.
-E.H. Gombrich

Thursday, September 15, 2005

In Light of Hurricane Katrina, Redmoon Reworks Their Flood-Related Show:
The show is scheduled to run from Sept. 15 through 25, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the Redmoon troupe has scurried to overhaul the entire production: rewriting the storyline, rescoring the music and redesigning the costumes, all to make the show more palatable to audiences still coping with the catastrophe
(from The New York Times).

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 is Redesigning Their Chicago Casting/Jobs Page:
Greetings all. is in the process of updating its casting and job notices, providing subscribers with more specific information about the projects they are auditioning for, including more detailed casting breakdowns and an easier-to-read format.
As always, it is completely free to post a notice on's Chicago page. There are two easy ways to post notices. Either email me directly, or visit the Casting page at ( and click on Chicago under Post Your Notice. Please email me if you have any questions about's services.
Best regards,
Katherine Burke
Chicago/Midwest Representative
1202 S. 22nd St., Lafayette, IN 47905

Friday, September 09, 2005

Free Stuff for Theatre Company:
Donation for your theatre company:
  • 3 swords
  • 2 nice & rarely used wigs (washable & stylable)
  • weird plastic/rubber men's wig
  • 3 wig heads
  • 1 witch hat
  • 1 pair bunny ears
Must pick up ASAP. Free to a non-equity theatre company.

This is all I know about this, caveat actor.

Shakespeare plays Kabul:
A production of Love's Labour's Lost, set in Afghanistan and translated into the Dari language, has played to packed audiences in the capital city, Kabul.
Theatre is much more popular than television, said Afghan playwright Aziz Elyas. But during the Taleban's time it wasn't allowed
The actresses in Love's Labour's Lost did not hide behind veils or burqas and were allowed to flirt with their co-stars - a strict taboo in the world beyond the playhouse
(from BBC).

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Chicago Theatre Community Fundraiser for Hurricane Relief:
Location: Temple Sholom of Chicago, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL [google map]
Event Date & Time: Thursday, September 8, 2005. 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
Suggested Donation: $20 or Pay-What-You-Can, which includes food, drinks & entertainment.
Individually, we may not have enough money to make a difference, but if we as a theatre community can come together and each give a little bit, it can add up to a lot.
With a generous donation from the Driehaus Foundation to cover all operating expenses, ALL the proceeds from Thursday night's benefit will go to the American Red Cross 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund
This is all I know about this, caveat actor. You may want to donate directly to the Red Cross by visiting or calling 1-800-HELP-NOW, and donating in addition (or instead).

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Midwest Independent Film Festival takes place Tuesday, September 13th at 6 p.m. at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark Street [Yahoo Map].

Apologies for being off topic: after Hurricane Katrina thousands need your help. Please visit or call 1-800-HELP-NOW, and donate now.