This month, alum Aaron Carter’s THE GOSPEL OF FRANKLIN can be see at Steppenwolf (starting tonight!). Aaron’s play is part of Steppenwolf’s First Look Season. OU’s own Associate Professor of Playwriting Erik Ramsey is on board as the dramaturg. Break legs to all involved! Congratulations, Aaron! Visit the link to find all performance dates and to purchase tickets.
For more information check out the play’s page on Steppenwolf’s website.
This Sunday, August 4th, in Chicago, alumna Dana Lynn Formby has a reading of her new comedy UNTIL DEATH at Silent Theatre new HQ space, 1914 N. Milwaukee, 3rd floor at 5:00 PM. It’s FREE. Fine spirits will be available for a suggested donation. Until Death is part of the American Demigods Local Heroes reading series, running every Sunday in August.
Reginald Edmund (MFA ’09), a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, will have his play “SOUTHBRIDGE” read on Saturday, February 4, at the Windy City’s new play development house. About the play: A white widow is assaulted and an angry mob is at the jailhouse door, screaming “Lynch him!” The only way to untangle the truth is for the accused, Christopher C. Davis, to review the events that have lead him to the hangman’s tree in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1881. Read more about Edmund’s reading and the Saturday Series. Since 1979, Chicago Dramatists has been dedicated to a single mission—the development and advancement of playwrights and new plays that contribute to the American theatre repertory and enrich the lives of audiences across the country.
Edmund is a 2009-2010, 2010-2011 Many Voices Fellow playwright originally from Houston, Texas, where he was Artistic Director for the Silver House Theatre, as well as the founder and producer for the Silver House Playwrights Festival and the Houston Urban Theatre Series. He was the inaugural recipient of the Kennedy Center Fellowship at Soul Mountain Retreat as well as the 2009 National Runner-up for the Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks Playwriting Award. Read more about Edmund and his work by visiting his website.
Found Objects Theatre Group presents second year MFA playwright Mark Chrisler‘s “On Loss” in conjunction with Rhinofest, the longest-running multi-arts fringe festival in Chicago. Staged at Prop Theater, Chrisler’s series of vignettes looks at how people express themselves when dealing with loss. A review of the show can be found on Chicagoreader.com. “On Loss” continues through 2/3: Fri 9 PM, $12-$15 or pay what you can. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. 773-539-7838.
The side project in Chicago takes us back to the last hour in the life of Joan of Arc as seen through the lense of playwright Jacob Juntunen and director Cecilie Keenan. Joan’s Laughter, a world premiere, will run May 13-June 17. For tickets and information, visit www.sideproject.net or call 773-973-2150.
16th Street Theater presents DENTAL SOCIETY MIDWINTER MEETING by Laura Jacqmin, directed by Megan Shuchman. Featuring Julie Ganey, Todd Garcia, Michael Mercier, Fawzia Mirza, Rakisha Pollard, and Paige Smith. “Laura Jacqmin’s superbly written script about conventioneering dentists grappling with various crises—faltering marriages, insurance fraud, midlife anomie—is packed with believable dialogue, fascinatingly flawed characters, and short, punchy scenes. Directed by Megan Shuchman and acted by a tight six-member ensemble, the 85-minute show grabs on and doesn’t let go until Jacqmin has completed her moving meditation on hypocrisy and human frailty.”—Chicago Reader. February 24–March 26, 2011; Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 5:00 & 8:00 PM. Visit 16th Street Theater online for tickets and more information.