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Patrons' Saint: Don Wooten Reflects on His Theatrical Experiences and His (Continuing) History with Genesius Guild PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 May 2009 06:00

Don Wooten in Lincoln ParkWe were looking for a name for the group,” says Genesius Guild founder Don Wooten, “and I knew of a play called The Comedian, which was about St. Genesius, who was the patron saint of actors. So I called it Genesius Guild. But no such person ever lived. I just thought it was wonderful for actors to have an imaginary patron saint.”

 
Love Letters: Melissa McBain Pays Tribute to Her Mother in New Ground Theatre's "Going Back Naked" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:41

Melissa McBainAfter local productions of Altar Call in 2005 and Yard Sale in 2007, area playwright Melissa McBain's latest endeavor - opening April 30 at the Village of East Davenport's Village Theatre - is the solo presentation Going Back Naked. And if you think that's a strange title for a play, its author says she originally considered one that was even more unusual.

 
The Quad City Playwrights’ Festival 2009, May 10 at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:34

Melissa McBain

(The following is the sidebar to the feature story "Love Letters: Melissa McBain Pays Tribute to Her Mother in New Ground Theatre's Going Back Naked.")

In addition to playwriting and performing, Melissa McBain also teaches in Augustana College's theatre department, and currently serves as coordinator and producer for the Quad City Playwrights' Festival, an annual evening of short plays by local writers, directed and acted by Augustana students. (This year's festival will take place at Augustana's Wallenberg Hall on Sunday, May 10.)

 
Exit, Stage Left: Michael Kennedy Concludes His 40-Year St. Ambrose Tenure with "Sweeney Todd" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 06:00

Michael KennedySt. Ambrose University instructor Michael Kennedy, who has directed more than 75 collegiate theatre productions over the past 40 years, remembers the first - and, to his recollection, only - public complaint lodged against one of his shows, which appeared in the Diocese of Davenport's weekly newspaper The Catholic Messenger.

 
Much Ado About Many Things: Spring Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 19:43

The Prenzie Players' Much Ado About NothingThe Quad Cities' spring theatre season will be bookended by Shakespeare, with the March 6 opening of Much Ado About Nothing, and Sophocles, with the May 28 debut of Oedipus Rex. But just because these plays are, respectively, more than 400 and 2,400 years old, it probably isn't wise to enter them expecting the expected. This Sophocles, after all, is subtitled The Audacity of Oed, and this Shakespeare is being staged by the Prenzie Players, so in both works, you may as well expect anything to happen; considering our lineup also features titles by Stephen Sondheim, Neil Simon, Euripides, and Mel Brooks, I'm thinking you can say the same for the theatre season as a whole.

 
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