Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Industry Ticket Offers

Over My Dead Body – Waltzing Mechanics at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, are offering $10 industry tickets for all performances, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through January 6. Call 773-404-7336 and request industry tickets. Visit for more information.

EL Stories: Holiday Train – Waltzing Mechanics at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, are offering $10 industry tickets for all performances, Saturday nights at 11 p.m. through January 5. Call 773-404-7336 and request industry tickets. Visit for more information.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Winding Down

As we wind down the year I want to say how grateful I am for all of you and for everything you do. All the “top” lists are funny – aren’t they – if you are like me, every time you see one you are like – oh yeah – that person or that production totally deserves to be on that list. But there are so many more who didn’t make the list, so they are in fact meaningless but they mean so much and are so well deserved. I wish we had more ways to recognize more people for their tireless contributions to this field and this artform.

On another note – meeting our playwrights working on the Storefront playwright project has been a joy. The project comes to an end this weekend and I will very much miss having them there. So many mentioned that they were getting so much work done, I thought they wouldn’t get anything done there, but it’s just the opposite. And people are learning more about the process and that just makes my heart all glad. I have to shout out to Lynn Baber, who is the best of many things, and who saw the article about this project in New York and said “hey, we should do this.” And so we did.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Space Availability at the Greenhouse Theater Center

Greenhouse Theater Center is currently renting last minute Mainstage Space for Studio Rates! Two winter performance slots are available in the Upstairs Mainstage – February 11-March 17 and March 18-April 21. Each slot is 5 weeks and will rent for $5,000. Rental applications are being accepted for both availabilities. 195 seat theater (or option of smaller 77 seat house) with full house staff and box office provided; sound and light package included. Rental includes theater space, back stage area, equipped dressing room and light booth. For more information, including rental rates, tech specs, and contract details please contact Jenn Kincaid at

Industry Ticket Offer

Wasteland - TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to any performance through December 30. Buy online or call 773.281.8463 and use code INDUSTRY. Visit for more information.

Failure: A Love Story - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave, is offering $20 industry tickets to both performances on December 22nd (4:00pm and 7:30). Tickets are available at Use code MOONPIE when checking out.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Chicago Dramatists Winter 2012 Classes

As the national leader in playwright training, Chicago Dramatists offers a variety of professional playwriting classes designed for both beginning and experienced playwrights. Classes are focused on building practical skills and stage worthy scripts, and are conducted in a supportive, positive manner. Most classes include a mix of lecture, discussion, writing assignments (both in and out of class), and reading and critiquing participants' work. beginning playwrights enroll in classes to learn the basics and write their first plays. Working playwrights enroll in classes to review basic skills, attack a specific problem, and explore new or specialized techniques.

Have questions about a particular class or which would be best for you? Read the full class descriptions on our website at or call (312) 633-0630

Thursday, December 13, 2012


We've been thrilled with all of the buzz generated from the Storefront Playwright Project this last week. There have been so many great articles, tweets, posts and comments, but this blog post from someone who stumbled upon the project is my favorite. The playwrights have been having a good time with it as well and many of them have commented on how productive they've been during their time in the window.  I hope that you'll all stop by 72 E. Randolph before December 22 and check out these talented writers at work. It's an amazing line-up. You can also follow the project and get updates on our Tumblr page.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rehearsal Space Available for Rent

Pride Films and Plays has a small rehearsal space available for rent. Located on Wilson, just east of Clark and a few blocks west of the Wilson Red Line Stop, the space is 400 square feet on the first floor. It is great for small shows or musicals, coaching or classes. Street parking is readily available. Evening and weekend rehearsals are $10/hour with a three hour minimum. Weekday rehearsals can also be arranged. For more information email with Rehearsal Space in the subject line.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Industry Ticket Offers

Failure: A Love Story - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave, is offering $20 industry tickets to both performances on December 15th (4:00pm and 7:30). Tickets are available at Use code MOONPIE when checking out.

Oliver! - Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on December 22 and 28 at 8 p.m., and December 23, 26, 27 and 29 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit and use code "pocket." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

The Motherf**ker with the Hat - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $20 tickets for preview performances December 30 through January 4 in the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre. Excludes Sunday matinee, December 30. Use code “12134” online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Super Cool

We are doing this Storefront Playwright Project and it is so cool. I love it – every day at Hot Tix there is a playwright in the window writing, in real time, so to speak, a new play. There is a screen that faces out to the street that shows what is on the playwright’s monitor. We copied it directly from the same sort of project in New York. We conceived it as a way for the random person walking down Randolph Street to be introduced to a playwright and to the playwriting process. We have signage in the window announcing the project and additional information about the project, the playwrights, etc. inside Hot Tix.

What makes it so cool – well first of all, people are stopping and looking and reading. The more people that are standing there the more stop and look. I guess I’m so in love with it because it is a way into the process for the average guy who might not be a theatre goer and because it’s more information for a regular theatre goer who’s going into Hot Tix and its fun for the playwrights and its super fun for the Hot Tix staff. Also, there are connections being made all the way around.

I wrote in my notes in a meeting earlier this week – Playwright in a Window – more like that. I’d be interested to hear what other people think of the project and if anyone has ideas for other things like it.


Space Rental Availability at Trap Door Theatre

The Trap Door Theatre is available for rent late nights and prime time! Great Bucktown location! Intimate 45 seat house. Reasonable rates. For information please email or call 773-384-0494.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Industry Ticket Offers

You Never Can Tell - Remy Bumppo Theatre at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., $15 industry tickets to  performances on Wednesday nights, Friday nights and Thursday matinees through January 6 using codeword Industry by phone at 774.404.7336 or on line at

Failure: A Love Story - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave, is offering $20 industry tickets to all performances through December 9th. Tickets are available at our website Use code MOONPIE when checking out.

Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer - Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. is offering $15 industry tickets through December 30 with code word 'industry' and headshot or resume.

Winter Series - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph,  is offering $25 industry tickets for any available seat (regardless of the section in the theater or the night you attend) using discount code "industryhsdc." Performances are: Thursday, December 6th @ 7:30pm, Friday, December 7th @ 8:00pm, Saturday, December 8th @ 8:00pm, and Sunday, December 9th @ 3:00pm Tickets and more information are available at

Hannukatz the Musical! - National Pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence is offering $10 industry tickets for Friday night performances at 8pm starting this Friday 12/7 through 12/28. Bring your resume/headshot to the box office. Theater is BYOB.

Exorcism - Eclipse Theatre at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport is offering a $10 suggested donation or pay what you can for the staged-reading of Eugene O'Neill's long-lost play on Sunday December 9th at 12pm. This is a one-time performance. For more information,visit Reserve your seat by emailing

The Odd Couple - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd. is offering $10 tickets for theatre industry professionals on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 16 at 2:30pm. Offer available by phone or walk-up, must mention the code INDUSTRY to reserve. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) requested upon ticket pickup. Box Office 847.673.6300.

Costume/Furniture/Prop Sale at Lincoln Square Theatre

Lincoln Square Theatre is on the move and we're having a sale to lighten our load. Includes: props, costumes, shoes, furniture, collectibles, rugs, linoleum, vintage items, party baskets for Mardi Gras & New Year, one-of-a-kind fabrics, lumber, paneling, plywood scraps, locker fronts, chairs, artificial foliage/trees, electronics and a serious amount of etc. Dec. 10, 7-9 pm. Cash only!