Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Industry Ticket Offers

Theories of the Sun - Sideshow Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Visit http://www.theoriesofthesun.com/ for more information, or call the Theater Wit box office at 773-975-8150.

A Memory of Two Mondays - Eclipse Theatre Co. at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $5 industry tickets for the Thursday, September 2nd, Friday, September 3rd and Saturday, September 4th, 7:30 p.m. preview performances, and also for the Thursday, September 9th, 7:30 p.m. performance. Call the box office at 773-404-7336 and mention "industry discount". Visit http://www.eclipsetheatre.com/ for more details.

Hideous Progeny - LiveWire Chicago at the Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph, is offering $12 industry tickets to all performances, running through September 26. To order, visit http://www.dcatheater.org/, or 1-312-742-TIXS (8497) -- Headshot/bus card required at will call.

Chicago Fringe Festival - is offering FREE industry rush passes for the September 1, 2, and 3 - 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Industry need only bring a headshot and resume to the door, and given room, will be allowed in for free! Line up early for your favorite show, as seating may be limited. A full schedule is available at http://www.chicagofringe.org/showtimes.html. Fringe artists will also welcome Producers or Directors to any performance. Please contact mikayla@chicagofringe.org at least 3 hours ahead of a performance to arrange your complementary ticket.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Last Chance!

You've been hearing a lot from us recently about our new website. We'd like to thank everyone that has responded to our emails and calls to add your theatre and show information. The website is really starting to look good. It will be a fantastic home for Chicagoans and visitors to learn about Chicago theatres and shows, and interact with a community of fellow theatre lovers.

We are still trying to get everyone to add and update their information before the website goes live. If you havent done anything yet, consider this a final reminder. Make sure you visit your theatre landing page and show pages and take a look around the website. It only takes about 10 minutes per page to add your information, and make sure that you take advantage of all the opportunities to make your pages unique. (Add photos and video, list your preferred restaurant partners, answer the “backstage with” questions, list benefits and fundraisers, etc..)

If you have any questions or need help with anything please dont hesitate to contact ben@chicagoplays.com or laura@chicagoplays.com.

Industry Ticket Offer

At Home at the Zoo - Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, is conducting a 24-hour sale. On Saturday, August 28 only, $9 tickets will be available with discount code “COOL”. This is the lowest ticket price that will be offered for the entire run of the show. No other coupon, promotion, or offer will carry a ticket price this low. To order, visit www.victorygardens.org, call 773.871.3000, or order face-to-face with our friendly box office staff. Subject to availability. Valid for October 1 – 10 performances only. Not valid in combination with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Limit 2 per customer.

Join Season of Concern's AIDS Run and Walk on 10/2

Season of Concern invites you to join their 2010 AIDS Walk Team on Saturday, October 2, 2010 in Grant Park.

Join the team and walk with your cast, crew or theater company.

100% of the funds raised by our team will go directly to support SoC! Including registration fees and matching gifts!

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago's AIDS Walk web site makes registering and joining SoC's Team quick and easy. Once you've registered, the site makes fundraising as simple as sending an email!

You can still join the Team, get sponsors, and raise funds. The funds you raise will still count, whether you personally walk or not!

Sponsor the team, or a team member, with a donation of any size. Every penny counts.

the side project Basement Sale

Saturday, August 28th, 10 am - 4 pm
We've been doing theatre in Rogers Park for 10 years, and we've collected a lot of cool stuff: Furniture, props, craft materials, costumes, and yes, a lava lamp. And now we want you to have it. Pics at www.thesideproject.net.

The Side Project Theatre
1439 W. Jarvis Ave
(Just off the Jarvis Red Line Stop)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Space Availability at Theater Wit

Final Three slots primetime slots available at Theater Wit.

Three performance spots for primetime performances have opened up for the 2010-2011 season at Theater Wit.

September 6 through October 17th
January 3rd through February 20th
February 7th through March 27th

Please contact rental@theaterwit.org or call 773-975-8150 for more information.

Deadline Extended for papers for 2011 Chicago Theatre Symposium

The Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago will host a gathering of scholars and theatre artists from around the world to explore the history of Chicago theatre over the last half-century and the future of Chicago as a leading center of international theatre. Titled Chicago--Theatre Capital of America: Past. Present. Future, and scheduled for May 18-22, 2011, the event will focus on Chicago’s rise as a center of theatrical creativity, innovation, and influence over the past 50 years and explore the future of theatre in an atmosphere of rapidly increasing technological development and global communication. A wide range of presentations, panels, workshops, and performances will highlight the event.

A Call for Papers has been issued inviting theatre scholars and practitioners to propose presentations on a wide range of topics. The deadline for proposals has been extended to OCTOBER 1. Emerging scholars are especially encouraged to participate. In addition, a lineup of distinguished featured speakers is being assembled. Featured speakers confirmed so far include Richard Christiansen, author of A Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in Chicago; Martha Lavey, artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre and board president of the Theatre Communications Group; Todd London, artistic director of New Dramatists and co-author of Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of The New American Play; Lisa Portes, head of DePaul University's MFA directing program; Harvey Young, director of Northwestern University's interdisciplinary doctoral program in theatre and drama and author of Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body; and British theatre critic Michael Billington of The Guardian. In a 2004 article in The Guardian, Billington wrote:

Online registration for the symposium will be posted in mid-September at www.colum.edu/theatresymposium. Early registration costs $95, or $60 for students.

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2010
E-mail proposals to: chitheatresymposium@colum.edu.

Be Engaging

Our new website is going to be awesome! The site has been designed as a fun and interesting marketing tool for Chicago theatre. It has been designed so that visitors can interact in a number of ways and so that they will move around the site and become interested in new theatres and new shows.

That’s why we made it possible for you to load so much on the theatre landing pages and the show landing pages. Both pages will accommodate video and photos, you can link to your twitter feed, your youtube channel, your flickr feed, post reviews, etc. But, here’s the thing, it takes about 10 minutes to load all that onto each page and you have to do it. I wish we could do it for you, but we can’t. If all you have up on your theatre landing page is a description of your theatre or your mission, that is boring and no one is going to click on the link to your website to see what you might be about. Visitors will be clicking through looking at theatres, looking at shows, the pages should be as engaging as possible.

A couple of suggestions: answer the “backstage with” questions on the theatre landing page, it gives you an opportunity to say clever and witty things about your company. Make a video about your company and post it on the theatre landing page, it doesn’t have to be anything super fancy, just something that says something about you. It’s fun.

We will follow the launch of the site with a marketing campaign driving traffic to the site so please take advantage of all the bells and whistles.

You should have received an email from us with specific instructions, if you did not receive such an email, please email ben@chicagoplays.com or laura@chicagoplays.com.


Actors' Equity Announces Move to New Building

Actor's Equity Association is pleased to announce their move to the Actors' Equity Building at 557 W. Randolph. The move is scheduled for Friday, September 17-Monday, September 20 and the office will be closed those 4 days. Auditions will continue in the Member Center at 125 S. Clark St. through September.

Opening festivities include:
Monday, October 11 - Members Only! Sneak Preview of the Actors' Equity Building, immediately preceding the Fall Membership Meeting.

Monday, October 18 - National EMC Day. A special event for Equity Membership Candidates, including tours of the Actors' Equity Building.

Collaboraction announces new home

Collaboraction announced the company has relocated to a new home in the historic Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 Milwaukee Ave., in the heart of Wicker Park. Collaboraction also launched a revamped, multi-media website at www.collaboraction.org.

The Flat Iron Arts Building houses 48 galleries and Collaboration is thrilled to join its dynamic and creative community. Located on the 3rd floor, Collaboraction signed a 5-year lease on a space that will serve as a performance venue and offices.

As the new resident theater company of the pulsating “six corners” intersection, Collaboraction plans to host a long-running, late night version of its SKETCHBOOK Festival in their new space, in addition to select season productions and events. The company will stage the 11th annual SKETCHBOOK Festival at the Chopin Theatre, June 18 - July 3, 2011. Collaboraction looks forward to collaborating with fellow artists within the Flat Iron Arts Building. Large windows overlooking Milwaukee Ave. will be utilized to display video monitors to live stream performances.

As the company makes the transition, the space will be rented for rehearsals and events. Potential renters can contact Anthony Moseley at 312.226.9633 or info@collaboraction.com.

Halcyon Theatre Seeking Performance Space

Halcyon Theatre seeks performance space for its 2010-2011 season... The tentatative dates for Trickster are November 4 through December 12, and for Iphigenia...(a rave fable) are January 13-February 20. Thursday-Sunday nights are preferable, but negotiable. The Alcyone Festival would run May/June. Please contact Jenn Adams at Jenn@halcyontheatre.org.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Industry Ticket Offer

The People’s Drum Circle Pandora – Quest Theatre, 1609 W. Gregory, is holding a limited number of industry seats on Friday 8/20. This is a free performance and your headshot, resume or business card gets you a free bag of popcorn at concessions. You must make reservations or be placed on the waiting list. To make reservations email reservations@questensemble.org or call 312.458.0895 x 1. Visit www.questensemble.org for more information.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Industry Ticket Offers

The Last Daughter of Oedipus – Babes With Blades Theatre Company at the Lincoln Square Theatre, 4754 N Leavitt, Chicago, is having its first-ever industry night Monday, September 13, 8pm. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 773.904.0391, or reserved online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/117843 for $5. Unpaid reservations will be released 1/2 hour prior to curtain. Tickets at the door will be “come as you are, pay as you go.” (No door fee; patrons pay whatever they think is appropriate after the show). More info at http://www.babeswithblades.org/lastdaughter.html

Carousel - Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on August 20 and 28 at 8 p.m. and August 29 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 847-869-6300 or visit www.LightOperaWorks.com and use code "Clambake." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Countdown Begins

The office has been buzzing this week as we’ve opened up the new website to members to begin adding their company and show content. It’s been an exciting and anxious last couple of days. Many hours of work have gone into the planning, development and testing to get the new site to where it is; so it was thrilling for us to let member theatres take ownership. We’re only a couple weeks from launching the site publicly now, so we’re asking that everyone begin updating their company and show information ASAP. (If you don’t, we’re going to keep bugging you until you do!) Every company should have been emailed a unique username and password from a League staff member yesterday. If you’re unsure if your company received one please contact ben@chicagoplays.com or laura@chicagoplays.com for your login info. We want to make sure that when we launch the site every member company’s page looks great. The clock is ticking!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space Available

Approximately 30’ x 35’ rehearsal room available for rental at Remy Bumppo’s Administrative Offices, 3717 N Ravenswood Ave. Rates for non-profits range from $11 - $16 per hour. Contact Amy Schultz at aschultz@remybumppo.org or 773-244-8119 x 304.

Industry Ticket Offers

A Guide For the Perplexed - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, is offering $20 industry tickets for the Saturday, August 14, 8:30 p.m. performance . Tickets can be purchased in person, online at http://www.victorygardens.org/ or by calling the box office at 773.871.3000 with the code "Victory." Must present a business card, headshot, or resume.

Snapshots 2010: 10 Short Plays by 10 Chicago Female Playwrights- 20% Theatre Co. Chicago at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway in Chicago is offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show on Saturday August 21st. Call 312-326-3429 or email boxoffice@twentypercentchicago.com and mention this offer. Visit http://www.twentypercentchicago.com/ for more information.

Carousel - Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on August 14, 20 and 28 at 8 p.m. and August 18 and 29 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 847-869-6300 or visit http://www.lightoperaworks.com/ and use code "Clambake." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

After the Fall - Eclipse Theatre at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, is offering $10 industry tickets on Friday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 773-404-7336 and mention this industry offer.

Hearts Full of Blood - The New Colony at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, is offering pay what you can tickets on August 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 15 at 3 p.m. Reserve your tickets by emailing RSVP@thenewcolony.org with subject line "HFOB - Industry" and include your full name, which performance, # of ticket (1 or 2), email, phone number (just in case anything changes last minute). You will receive a response to confirm your tickets and you can pay for the tickets at the door.

Piccolo Theatre Garage Sale

Piccolo Theatre will be having a Theatre Garage Sale on Saturday, August 28th from 10am-2pm in the scene shop of their theatre at 600 Main Street in Evanston, IL. Items up for grabs: scenic drapes, blacks, props, a few set pieces, some office furniture, fabric and some costumes.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Theatre Space Available for Rent

Profiles Theatre has acquired the former Stage Left Theatre space at 3408 N. Sheffield and is managing rentals full time. The fifty seat theatre will be renamed The Second Stage beginning September 1, 2010 and it is a very affordable space for young, emerging or established itinerant companies in a great location. Profiles is pleased to keep it available for the theatre community. If you would like to find out more information about rentals for your future productions, we are booking immediately for prime time, late and off night productions, classes and rehearsals. Please call 773-549-1815 or email profilestheatre@gmail.com.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Polarity Ensemble Theatre Accepting Script Submissions

Polarity Ensemble Theatre is now accepting script submissions for our annual Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays, running May 12 through May 22, 2011. The festival will feature staged readings of four new full-length works. There are no restrictions on subject or style.

The Dionysos Cup is a multi-stage development process that culminates in two staged readings for each script. Past participating playwrights have hailed it as one of the most valuable script development processes of its kind. The festival is open only to Chicago area playwrights. All four Dionysos Cup scripts will be given serious consideration for a possible eventual full production.

Scripts should be mailed to Polarity Ensemble Theatre, 135 Asbury Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202. Enclose a synopsis and let us know if the play has had any previous performances or staged readings. We are considering only full-length scripts. We will read only one script per playwright. Scripts will not be returned, so do not send your only copy. Make sure all your contact information including email address and phone number is on your script. Please also email us or enclose your script in a file on disk to make it easier to share with the reading committee. Postmark deadline is September 27, 2010. Visit www.petheatre.com for more details.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Upcoming Events

If you haven't RSVPd yet we still have room for a few more people at the Marketing Roundtable on Monday the 9th at 5:30 p.m. at the League offices. The roundtable will focus on the topic of patron data and list management and will be led by Patricia Nicholson from Smart Marketing. RSVP to ben@chicagoplays.com to attend.

Also, this week we just announced a meet and greet event in association with the Dramatists Guild on Sunday, September 20 at the Chicago Cultural Center. If your company produces new work this event will be a fantastic opportunity to meet writers from across the midwest and talk about your work. If you'd like to participate by having a representative from your company at the meet and greet email ben@chicagoplays.com.

Not-for-Profit Incorporation and Tax Exemption Workshop

Lawyers for the Creative Arts
Thursday, September 2, 2010, 5:30-8:45 p.m.

213 W. Institute Place, Ste. 403
The cost is $100 for one person, and $125 for two people.
This workshop will discuss whether to start a NFP, how to establish a NFP, as well as certain recurring operating problems. It will also cover in detail how to obtain a 501(c) (3) tax exemption and discuss several legal issues regarding maintaining tax exempt status. A full package of documents is included. Although this workshop is intended for artists of all types, it has been very popular with lawyers as well as it provides comprehensive coverage of the subject.
Please call LCA at 312-649-4111 to register.

Industry Ticket Offer

A Guide For the Perplexed - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, is offering $10 industry tickets for the Saturday, August 7, 8:30 p.m. performance . Tickets can be purchased in person, online at http://www.victorygardens.org/, or by calling the box office at 773.871.3000 with the code "industry." Must present a business card, headshot, or resume.

The Tallest Man-- The Artistic Home, 3914 N. Clark St., Chicago, is offering $15 industry tickets for the 5 p.m. Sunday show on August 8 and 15. Go online to reserve tickets at www.theartistichome.org and use code word INDUSTRY or call the theatre at 773-404-1100. Tickets also can be purchased at the door, starting one hour before curtain.

Monday, August 2, 2010

League and Guild Meet and Greet

The League and the Dramatists Guild of America invite theatres to join members of the Dramatists Guild from throughout the Midwest for a Meet and Greet on Sunday, September 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is designed so that representatives of theatres, such as Artistic Directors and Literary Managers, can have an opportunity to speak with playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists about their mission, the kind of new work they are interested in, what kind of submissions they take, etc. The format will be a “fair” type, with each theatre having a table on which they can display materials. Dramatists will be invited to meet theatre representatives and to speak with them about their work. No submission of scripts will be accepted at the Meet and Greet. The event will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street.

The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association that advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide. This event will be co-hosted by Deb Clapp (Executive Director of the League) and Douglas Post (Chicago Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild).

Please R.S.V.P. to Ben Thiem at ben@chicagoplays.com.