Rumor: Soliloquy May CloseI've heard an unconfirmed rumor that Soliloquy bookstore may close. Act-One bookstore, Soliloquy's predecessor, closed a couple years ago, and in the late nineties Chicago had two theatre bookstores, Act-One and Scenes (which was also a coffee shop). If Soliloquy closes, it could leave Chicago without a theatre bookstore. But keep in mind, this is just rumor at this point.
The 195-member League of Chicago Theatres has lost a leader and disposed of a loss leader. In early June, president and CEO Deanna Shoss announced her resignation as of June 30, after only 11 months on the job. At the same time, the organization revealed it would cease publication of its four-year-old monthly program book, Chicagoplays, with the July issue. League officials said the timing of the two events was coincidental(from BackStage.com).
May Shoot in Chicago: Sports Action TeamNBC plans a new semi-scripted series to follow NFL Sunday night football games starting this fall. It has ordered 17 episodes of Sports Action Team to air on all NBC affiliates, produced by Towers Productions Inc., in association with NBC O&O WMAQ/Chicago. According to Hollywood Reporter, the story is about a sad group of sports reporters as they head out to get the big stories from real sports athletes, managers, celebs and fans(from Cynopsis). The Towers casting website says they are not currently seeking actors.
Update on my earlier post about 'Black Water Transit':Actor Vin Diesel dealt an unexpected blow to Chicago when he reportedly pulled out as the star of Accent Pictures’ $30 million action-drama “Black Water Transit.” It was due to start shooting here July 31.Five L.A. staffers had just begun to settle into offices at Chicago Studio City when they were told June 15 the movie was canceled and they returned to L.A(from Reel Chicago).
Today, through MySpace, Annoyance announced that their space is "finally" open. They seem to have previews of shows and a bar (though as of now, their website has no information about specific shows/times). In March 2004 I posted about their plans for this new space which back then had planned to open last fall.
Not just for finding work, the 'net is a distribution tool more and more.