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Reaching Out: Playcrafters Inaugurates Its Diversity Initiative with "A Raisin in the Sun" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 06:00

Xavier Marshall and Curtis Lewis in A Raisin in the Sun"Literally thousands of people have come through this building to perform on our stage," says Craig Michaels, past president of the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's board of directors. "But without demeaning or belittling any of the work that's been done here over the years, I was finding that I didn't feel the entire community was properly represented within our building, both on our stage and behind the scenes."

 
Mike Schulz on WVIK's "Midwest Week" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
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Tuesday, 30 June 2009 07:30

The following is the Friday, June 26 broadcast of WVIK's "Midweek Week," with host Herb Trix discussing the area's summer-theatre season with the River Cities' Reader's Mike Schulz. "Midwest Week" can be heard weekly on WVIK 90.3 FM - Augustana Public Radio, Fridays at 6:50 p.m.

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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.)

 
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