Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.-Sophia Loren
Work(shop)-in-Progress - Improv WorkshopCome out this weekend and join me for Work(shop)-in-Progress! I'm trying to get as many good players as possible out to this, to be able to do some forms that require a big ol' cast. Come out, bring friends- it's going to be a blast.This is all I know about this; caveat actor.
What: Work(shop)-in-Progress, an improv theatre lab/workshop/open rehearsal
Who: You and everyone you know
When: Sunday afternoons, 3-6 PM, through November 13th
Where: The Cornelia Arts Building
1800 N. Cornelia- corner of Cornelia and Ravenswood, just south of the Addison Brown Line.
West side of the Metra train tracks, entrance on Ravenswood. "ARTS" is written across the building in huge letters.
There's parking on Ravenswood right in front of the building for about 7 cars. There's lots of on street parking too.
How much: $5 per person
Why: 'cause it's fun.
If you have any questions at all, please feel fee to drop me a line here, or if you get lost or anything on the day of the sessions, you may call my cell phone at 312-933-6266. Thanks!
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.- Soren Kierkegaard
This also reminds me of the text-analysis book Backwards and Forwards.
Last Musical Improv Jam Oct. 29The Musical Improv Jam
Saturday, October 29th, 4:00pm to 5:30pmSecond City Mainstage
1616 N. Wells [google map]Come flex your improv and music muscles. Open to all improvisers looking to get more involved, learn, practice, and have fun!A Second City Musical Director will guide participants through fun and challenging short-form musical improv games. Play, meet new people, try new games, and have a blast.The free Musical Improv Jam will only be offered for a limited time, so don't miss out!
No registration required.Spectators always welcome!I've gone to these in the past and had a good time.
Last week Hedy Weiss, the Sun-Times drama critic, caught a lucky break. She was barred from a press conference that embarrassed many of the journalists who got in. Later, Reader drama critics snickered, can you imagine this happening in New York? - even though the instigator of the debacle was a New York producer, David Stone(from Chicago Reader).
Related Job: Stichers and Costume DesignersBailiwick Repertory seeks stichers and costume designers now and in 2006. Contact David Zak, firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.This is all I know about this; caveat actor (or rather costume designer/sticher).
The Musical Improv Jam at Second City's Training CenterIt's back. And it's FREE.Come flex your improv and music muscles. Open to all improvisers looking to get more involved, learn, practice, and have fun!A Second City Musical Director will guide participants through fun and challenging short-form musical improv games. Play, meet new people, try new games, and have a blast.The free Musical Improv Jam will only be offered for a limited time, so don't miss out! No registration required. Spectators always welcome.Saturdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pmI've gone to these in the past and had a good time.
October 15th, 22nd, and 29th
Second City Mainstage - 1616 N. Wells [google map]
Assistant Stage Manager Sought - TUTA Theatre CompanyTUTA seeks an Assistant Stage Manager for its upcoming production of A Still Life in Color at Chicago Dramatists. The ASM will attend rehearsals beginning in mid- to late-October. Must be available for tech beginning Nov. 7th, and Thursday-Sunday performances Nov. 17th – Dec. 18th (no show on Thanksgiving Day). The ASM will run the sound or light board for performances. Stipend paid at the end of the run. Send cover letter and resume to Cindy Savage, Production Manager.Email:
4423 N. Wolcott Ave. Apt. 3B
Chicago, IL 60640-5869Cindy Savage, Production ManagerThis is all I know about this; caveat actor (or rather stage manager).
TUTA Theatre Company
Last month saw the inauguration of a new Tony Award which recognises the best performance given by an actor or actress who takes over a leading role in a long-running show.It's an indication, as Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington suggests that(from BBC).the stigma has been taken out of re-casting. [sic]
Stand-Up Comedy Advicefrom an email list:I was wondering if I could get any advice from anyone who may be experienced in stand-up comedy. I have about 2 pages of material and am going to try and get into an open mike nite in my area, but was wondering if anyone could offer up any do's or don't's or just advice.
I did some stand up a few years ago at Carolines on Broadway, and while I'm by no means an expert, here are a couple ideas:
Have a great set!
- own the Room: your confidence will win the audience, not matter whether they laugh or not
- don't get disappointed while you are on stage (at minimum don't show it)
- have fun
This site is a resource for actors and actresses who are interested in one of the following:There aren't many members yet, but it may get more useful as more people join.
A. Moving from Chicago to Los Angeles
B. Moving from Anytown to Chicago
A service that allows one to publish a public calendar (e.g., of performances). It has been getting a lot of buzz recently. Doesn't seem to have that many Chicago events yet.
by Bob Fraser: Audition "Paradigm" Memory Word
- ARRIVE EARLY
- DEAL (with it, whatever "it" is)
- MANIPULATE (yourself)
August Wilson, who chronicled the African-American experience in the 20th century in a series of plays that will stand as a landmark in the history of black culture, of American literature and of Broadway theater, died yesterday at a hospital in Seattle. He was 60 and lived in Seattle(from The New York Times).
If it isn't already, Las Vegas will soon be the second city of Broadway, home to more New York musicals than any market outside Manhattan. It was this, not just snobbery, behind the(from The New York Times). Where does this leave the first "Second City" of theatre: Chicago?Avenue Qalarm: the fear of further disruption in an already unstable business. If Broadway shows went to Vegas instead of touring, what would happen to the traditional road theaters and their customers?