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Hall of Fudge: New Ground’s Chris Jansen Plans to Make Turner Hall a Home for Emerging Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 02:28

 

New Ground's June presentation of Fudge! "Everybody's like, ‘What happened?'"

That's Chris Jansen, artistic director of New Ground Theatre, recalling a common comment received in the months after June's New Ground production of Living Here at Davenport's Nighswander Theatre.

It turns out that something rather monumental has happened with New Ground, as Jansen and her organization have rented the Village of East Davenport's Turner Hall, and are in the process of having a number of local theatrical groups join them there. But you can certainly understand the concern of Jansen's audiences, as one of New Ground's most recent pieces appeared to be almost frighteningly prophetic.

 
People-Watching: British Psychotherapist Turns Playwright with "Going Underground" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 10:26

Going Underground ensemble members There's an oft-repeated piece of advice given to fledgling writers: Write what you know. So, for his first original play, Christopher Morgan - a group psychotherapist living in the Ealing Broadway suburb of west London - did exactly that, fashioning the tragic-comic one-act Going Underground out of his own experiences and acquaintanceships. And it only took 6,875 hours of research to complete it.

 
Up and Autumn!: Area Theatre, September through November PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 02:47

Hairspray at the Adler Theatre On August 17, the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia marked the last theatrical production I'd see this summer - the 29th show I caught over the span of 12 weeks - and in truth, I'm kind of bummed that the season is over. But it will be nice to have a few days when I'm, you know, not working, so I'm also looking forward to the fall, when instead of 29 shows, theatre-goers only have the opportunity to see ... 38.

 
Green Party: A Beloved Venue Gets a Theatrical Make-Over as the Green Room PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 02:26

Jenny Winn, Christopher Thomas, and Sheri Hess in Into the Woods rehearsal So, fellow fans of the former Brew & View, there's good news and bad news:

The good news is that the building that housed this haven for independent releases (and those who love them) will once again be open for business.

The bad news is that it won't be screening independent movies. Or, for that matter, movies of any kind.

Yet while the hearts of film lovers might break, those of theatre lovers should rejoice, as Derek Bertelsen and Tyson Danner realize a live-entertainment dream with the August 10 unveiling of the Green Room, their new theatrical venue at 1611 Second Avenue in the District of Rock Island.

 
Get Off the Horse and Pick Up a Shovel: Jay Berkow Finds the Reality in Circa ’21’s "Oklahoma!" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 02:33

Jay Berkow As the director of music theatre performance at Western Michigan University, Jay Berkow is well aware of the historical significance of Oklahoma!, which he is currently directing for the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse.

"It is kind of the grandfather, or the progenitor, of the contemporary musical-theatre piece," Berkow says, referencing the work's fame as one of the first "book musicals" in American theatre, wherein songs are fully integrated into the drama, and the lyrics and score are as essential to character understanding as dialogue.

 
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