Playwright Wendy Wasserstein Has DiedWendy Wasserstein, who spoke for a generation of smart, driven but sometimes unsatisfied women in a series of popular plays that included the long-running Pulitzer Prize winner The Heidi Chronicles, died today after a bout with lymphoma, Lincoln Center Theater announced. She was 55(from The New York Times).
Jim Zulevic Died Ealier this MonthMr. Zulevic, 40, who parlayed his huge success at Second City into a broad career in comedy of all stripes, died Saturday in Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. According to Dan Falato, the producer of the Second City Radio Show on WCKG-FM, Mr. Zulevic collapsed and was rushed to hospital Saturday, just before he was scheduled to come to the studio and host his weekly show. No cause of death was released as of Sunday night(from Chicago Tribune). I had him as a teacher once, and saw his work on stage and screen; he was talented at both, and I enjoyed all of his work.
International Sketch Comedy ChampionshipThe International Sketch Comedy Championship is going to be held in LA and is currently seeking submissions. This is all I know about this; caveat actor (and producer).
NY Industry Reaction to Red Light WinterBut there's a history here. Red Light Winter is a transfer from Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. There are no cast or designer changes. The one change? Tickets in Chicago were a mere $15 each [in NYC they are $65].Over four times the price for the exact same thing! I'm sure the numbers work out. An open-ended New York run has a vastly different budget than a limited-run regional theatre production.Meanwhile the lovely Curt and Mel have moved to Chicago and are paying a reasonable rent for a reasonable apartment [where in NYC they could not do so].(from Mike Mariano's blog).
Rental Opprotunity: Bailiwick MainstageBailiwick Rep has 5 weeks of Prime Time Rental Available in May and June on the Mainstage. Also late nights all year in Mainstage and Studio. Contact General Manager Lee Peters, 773-883-1090 x 14. Lee@bailiwick.org.This is all I know about this; caveat actor (or rather producer).
List of Chicago Film Production CompaniesIf you subscribe to WaitingPatiently (which is always free) with a Yahoo ID, you can download (also for free) Bryson Engelen's list of Chicago Film Production Companies. It includes names, contact phone and fax numbers, mailing address, email address, website and description.
Stage Acting: It's Nice Work if You Can Afford ItWe are subsidizing the theater.Those words, addressed to an audience in a Lincoln Center auditorium last weekend, weren't spoken by a corporate suit bragging about slapping the company name on the fire escape at one of the city's often needy nonprofit theaters.They were spoken by the actor Tim Blake Nelson to a group of 100 or so of his fellow performers at the National Congress of Actors and Acting Teachers. What did he mean? Essentially, that actors help keep the theater in business by supplementing their meager stage paychecks with other, more remunerative kinds of work - Law & Order guest spots, voice-overs, commercials, even that old standby, waiting tables(from The New York Times).
The Seven Ages of ActingWhen so many people want to act, just how hard is it to get a job? We continue our unique survey of the careers of performers(from Guardian Unlimited).
20 longest-running Broadway shows as of Dec. 25, 2005The Phantom of the Opera is about to become number one (from The Washington Post).