Buzz 22 Chicago’s synopsis of GHOST BIKE: Ora and Eddie fell in love with Chicago on their bikes. But when Eddie is hit by a car and killed, Ora refuses to let him go. Instead, she rides beneath our city to bring him back, facing off against underworld gods and ghosts -some interested in helping her, some determined to get in her way. The more difficult her journey becomes, the more Ora must question what it is she’s journeying towards. In Ghost Bike, Chicago culture skitches off of Greek, African, and Chinese mythology, sparking a spirited mash-up of underworld and after-life as seen from the seats of fixies, BMX’s and ten-speeds.
Ghost bikes can be found in Chicago and in cities all over the country. Learn more about them at http://ghostbikes.org/chicago.
From their website: “Ghost Bikes are made from bikes and bike parts which are no longer rideable, painted all white, and installed where cyclists were killed by motorists. They are grim but necessary reminders of the hazards cyclists face on our roadways. They remember the victim and raise awareness of the need to combat reckless and aggressive driving and fix our streets to be safer for all users.”
Laura Jacqmin’s Do-Gooderis starting to rack up a lot of good reviews. This week’s Timeout Chicago gave it 4-Stars.
Gwen Purdom writes: (I)ts Jacqmin’s subtle script that leaves the lasting impression. In a play that ponders whether goodness comes from a life of privilege or passion, this is one story that’s far more compelling than its ordinary cover would suggest.
The Jeff Awards are Chicago’s version of the Tony’s. “The designation of “Jeff Recommended” is given to a production when, after the opening night of its run, at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed excellent by the opening night judges of the Joseph Jefferson Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.”
For more information about the play, check out Do-Gooders webpage and video.
OU MFA Alum, Mark Chrisler, had a play run at this year’s Rhinofest in Chicago. The Chicago Reader’s, Zac Thompson, highlighted Chrisler’s play “Phones, Frauds, and Fakes.”
In Chrisler’s Phonies, Frauds, and Fakes, the writer-performer reads from a script while seated at a table, Spaulding Gray style. What starts as a witty lecture on history’s biggest lies soon morphs into the fascinating story of Chrisler’s four-year involvement with a girlfriend who turned out to be a pathological liar. As he relates how he fell for one whopper after another, Chrisler is insightful on self-deception and the way great liars exploit our willingness to believe what we want to believe, even when the truth is staring us in the face.
Reginald Edmund has been nominated for a Black Theater Alliance Best Play Award for writing, for REGINALD EDMUND’S SOUTHBRIDGE, produced earlier this year at Chicago Dramatists. The play, originally developed at OU was the National Runner-up for the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry and the Rosa Parks Awards in 2009, Winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition in 2011, and the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award Winner in 2013. Congratulations!!
N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago seems to be a hotspot for OU alums. Fiona Kyle’s I WILL NOT LET YOU GO is being presented Monday, August 5th as part of a night of new works as part of Something Incredibly Marvelous Happens, A Festival of Magical Realism. More details available at http://somethingmarvelous.org/#events