Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Two Pence Lab: It’s Not A Workshop - It’s A Workout

You Bring: 10 - 15 lines of Shakespeare’s text, Comfy Pants, A Generous Spirit //
Two Pence Brings: A Guided Warmup, Space to Play, Fresh Perspective
NEXT LAB IS: Sunday September 8th 7:30-9:30pm
HOW MUCH: By donation, every time
WHEN: Every Second and Fourth Sunday 7:30-9:30pm
WHO: Anyone interested in their inner Shakespeare
THEN: Show up. or check out:

Space Availability at Cornservatory

Cornservatory has prime time, late night Friday and off-night space available November 1 - December 8. Rates from $100 - $220 per performance, discounts on multi-day runs. The theatre is BYOB with 46 seats. Contact for more information.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

Hank Williams: Lost Highway – American Blues Theater at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., is offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for previews August 30, 31, and September 1. Call 773-404-7336 and mention this offer. Visit for more information.

Leading Ladies - Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Building K Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $10 Industry tickets for all performances Sept 5-22. Actor’s tickets are available with headshot and resume and designer tickets are available with business card or resume. Subject to availability. For more information call (630) 942-4000.

Double Trouble: A Musical Tour de Farce! – Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave., in Chicago, is offerin1 $10 industry tickets for previews August 31, September 1 and 2. Call 773-327-5252 or visit the Stage 773 Box Office in person and mention the code PMTINDUSTRY. Visit for more information.

Slowgirl - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted,  is offering 2-for-1 tickets to performances August 30 through September 1! Use code “14302” online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Alice - Nothing Without a Company near Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, is offering free tickets to performances through September 15. Reservations at

The Old Man and The Old Moon – Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, is offering $20 industry tickets to performances September 3rd through 11th. Use the code INDUSTRY online or you may call Audience Services at 847-242-6000. Please bring a headshot, resume, or business card as proof of your involvement in the industry. Subject to availability.

A Raisin in the Sun - TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $22 industry tickets with code INDUSTRY22 (regular prices $35-$48) on Friday 8/30 at 8 pm, Saturday 8/31 at 3 pm, Saturday 8/31 at 8 pm, and Sunday 9/2 at 2 pm. Purchase online (; additional fee applies) or phone (773.281.8463 x6)

Death Boogie: A Hip Hop Poetry Musical - Auditorium Theatre Katten/Landau Studio, 425 S. Wabash, is offering special industry tickets for $12 on Sept 5 at 7:30pm and $15 on Sept 6 at 7:30pm and Sept 7 at 8PM. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at, by calling (800) 982-2787, or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Space Rental Availability at The Chopin Theatre

Chopin Basement
1543 W Division (at Ashland and Milwaukee)
Near Blue Line and many buses
Free parking at Division and Noble
Performances per week: 6 max
Rent: $10,125 total (approx $1,450/week)
Rental period: November 11-December 29 (not flexible)
Looking for a great location that audiences love going to during a time we know can sell out the venue? The Hypocrites have been offered to move Mikado to another venue. Contact Megan at or 773-525-5991 (email preferred) for more details on the Chopin space and to tell us about your show. Since The Hypocrites are residents in this location, we want to make sure a great show takes our place and we'll want to help you make it successful. Thanks!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Call for Nominations - League of Chicago Theatres Board of Directors

The League of Chicago Theatres is now accepting nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors. Nominees may be from any voting budget category theatre or a civic representative. Theater representatives must be from theaters that are full voting members of the League. Board members serve for 3 year terms.

Board Member Responsibilities
The role of the League is to promote, support and advocate for Chicago theater. As a board member, you are part of a dynamic team that will help guide the programs and priorities of the League. The board meets six times per year. Board members are expected to make meaningful and appropriate personal contributions to the board and its programs and are also expected to demonstrate leadership in encouraging member participation in League programs year-round.

Nomination Requirements
If you would like to nominate someone or be considered for League board membership, please submit a letter of intent that includes interest and qualifications, a current resume, and a two to three paragraph bio. Send nominations to: League of Chicago Theatres, Attn: Nominating Committee, 17 N. Wabash, Suite 520, Chicago, IL 60602, via fax at 312-922-7202, or via email at by 5:00 PM on Monday, September 9, 2013.

What Happens Next?
The League has assembled a Nominating Committee that is representative of the diversity of the membership, including Board members from theatres of varying sizes. The Nominating Committee will consider all nominations for Board vacancies and present a slate of candidates to the membership for review. The slate of candidates, along with their qualifications and biographies, will also be emailed to all members.

Election Night Results:
The membership will vote on the slate at the Annual Meeting of the Membership scheduled for October 21, 2013.

Porchlight Music Theatre Master Class


Master Class: Saturday, September 14th - 1:30 – 5pm at Porchlight Music Theatre
Showcase Performance: Sunday, September 15th - 7pm, Stage 773hosted by Bob Walton and Jim Walton

Only 12 spaces are available to participate in The Master Class AND The Showcase at $125
Limited spaces are available to audit the Master Class at $25 [$20 with valid student ID] in advance and $30 [$25 with valid student ID] at the door.

Musical comedy masters Bob Walton (Broadway's The Drowsy Chaperone, 42nd Street, Once Upon a Mattress, Show Boat and City of Angels) and Jim Walton (Broadway's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, 42nd Street and as "Franklin Shepard" in the original production of Merrily We Roll Along), authors of Porchlight's Chicago Premiere of Double Trouble: A Musical Tour de Farce offer their first ever Chicago Comedy Song Master Class and Showcase.

If you are looking to polish up or refine that perfect comedy song for your next audition or cabaret, this is the class for you!

With the incomparable Beckie Menzie at the piano, you will get personalized coaching from this dynamic musical comedy duo as well as witnessing the instruction of 11 classmates in mastering the art of delivering comedy music material. The goal of the master class is to to break down the nature of your comedic song, milking the material for all its worth and bringing out your unique comedic potential. Additionally, each participating student will be featured in performance of their work as part of a Showcase presentation on the set of Double Trouble, hosted by the Walton brothers and accompanied by Beckie Menzie.

If interested in participating in The Master Class and Showcase, please submit all necessary information and materials requested in the form linked below by Friday, August 16th. To be eligible, students must be available for both the Master Class (September 14th - 1:30 – 5pm) and the Showcase (September 15th - 7pm.) In the event that there are more submissions than space in the class, students will be selected by lottery. You will be notified by August 23rd if you have been selected for the class, and, if so, what songs the Walton brothers would you like you to prepare. If you are interested to Audit the Master Class, you may also reserve your seat here. (Audit space is limited so act now).


All performance and auditing students will receive ticket discounts to the Chicago premiere of Double Trouble (pending availability).
Tickets to the Make ‘Em Laugh! Showcase - hosted by Bob Walton and Jim Walton, with Beckie Menzie at the piano, Sunday, September 15th - 7pm, Stage 773 are $20 each, here in advance [$15 with valid student ID], $25 each at the door [$20 with valid student ID]

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process Workshop

Tuesday, August 27 from 6 - 9 p.m.
In association with Columbia College Chicago
916 S. Wabash, Room 214.
This workshop is FREE to League members, but space is very limited. RSVP to
If you are curious about opening up communication about art-making, and want practice in a process that will inform your creative work and enhance your conversations about artistic works and processes then join us for this special workshop.

 Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process advances the development of artistic works-in-progress through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. In use for over 20 years, the Process has been enthusiastically embraced by artists, educators, and administrators at theater companies, dance centers, orchestras, museums and universities. The Process has opened new awareness and capabilities for deeper dialogue and learning between artists and audiences, teachers and students. Any combination of people who communicate about creative endeavors can benefit from the Critical Response Process.

The originator of the process, choreographer Liz Lerman will introduce the Process and demonstrate its application to real works-in-progress. Through a lively series of exercises they will illuminate its inner workings, core principles, and diverse uses.

Industry Ticket Offers

Enchanted April - Idle Muse Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge is offering $10 industry tickets on Thursdays through September 5th. Please mention code INDUSTRY at Rivendell Box Office when purchasing tickets or reserve seats by calling 773-340-9438. For more information, visit

Warped - Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont is offering $15 industry tickets for previews on Saturday August 31 at 8pm, Sunday September 1 at 3pm, Wednesday September 4 at 8pm and Thursday, September 5 at 8pm. During the regular run, the industry price is available for the 8pm performances on Thursdays 9/12, 9/19 and 9/26. For tickets call 773-875-9150 and use the code "Kenmore." Visit for more information.

Big Lake Big City – Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works at 821 N. Michigan Ave, is offering exclusive $10 industry tickets for Big Lake Big City by Keith Huff, Directed by David Schwimmer. Industry tickets are available for this week’s performances (Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm). Use code SCREWDRIVER when calling 312.337.0665 or visit to purchase tickets. Discount and seating are subject to availability. Performance is intended for mature audiences.

Slaughterhouse Five - The Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave in Western Springs is offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for any of the 10 performances September 5 - 15. Call 708-246-3380 and mention LOCT. Visit for more information.

Invasion! - Silk Road Rising at the Historic Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, is offering $15 industry tickets for Friday, Aug 23 at 8:00pm, Saturday Aug 24 at 4:00 PM. To purchase tickets, follow this link or call the box office at 312-857-1234 x201 and use the code Industry. The code is good for up to two tickets, and the purchaser must provide a headshot and/or resume when picking up tickets.

Steamer Trunk Available

Blanche Dubois' steamer trunk available for sale, barter or trade. Vintage upright wardrobe trunk with drawers and hangers used in our production of Streetcar, authentically weathered with age and use, available to a good home. $100 delivered. $75 you pick up. Or let's make a deal. Contact

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Linklater Workshop and The Two Pence Lab

Join Two Pence Artistic Director and Designated Linklater Voice Teacher Trainee Tom Wells at The Acting Studio Chicago for this empowering class!

This course is based on Kristin Linklater’s methodology laid out in her book Freeing the Natural Voice. Work will focus on becoming aware of personal physical/psychological blocks that inhibit the human instrument, and then removing those blocks.

Through group floor and standing work, demonstration and exercises students will begin to establish, register, and free their connection to breath, develop resonance and explore range, learn to release jaw, tongue, and throat tensions and build vocal strength.

Explore, discover, and reveal the depth of your own vibrant human instrument.

Course Runs 6 Sundays, 1-3:30pm beginning September 29th.


The Two Pence Lab with special guest facilitator Christine Adaire!

Christine Adaire is a Designated Master Linklater Voice Teacher, trained by the world renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater. She has worked as an actor, voice coach and director in many American regional theatres, including: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Milwaukee Rep, The Guthrie Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Court Theatre, American Players Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience (NYC), Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA). She has coached the dialects for the Broadway production and First North American Tour of MARY POPPINS. Ms. Adaire has taught at DePaul University, National Theatre School of Canada, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She╩╝s taught workshops in Shanghai, Barcelona, Australia, New Zealand and Birmingham, England. Currently she is a Professor in the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

It’s Not A Workshop
It’s A Workout

You Bring:
10 - 15 lines of Shakespeare’s text
Comfy Pants
A Generous Spirit

Two Pence Brings:
A Guided Warmup
Space to Play
Fresh Perspective

NEXT LAB IS: Sunday August 11, 7:30-9:30pm

Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space
3717 N. Ravenswood Ave.

HOW MUCH: By donation, every time

WHEN: Every Second and Fourth Sunday, 7:30-9:30pm

WHO: Anyone interested in their inner actor

1. RSVP to or on fb!
2. Show up.

Ravenswood between Addison and Grace St. Buzz the bell for Remy B, then go up the stairs and make a right.The space is on the left hand side of the hallway toward the end. Parking should be totally easy here OR Addison stop off the brown line is best here but Irving is close too.

Performance Space Availability at Chicago Dramatists

Intimate theatre features a 20x25 ft. proscenium stage and fixed tiered seating for 77, full lighting and sound equipment, newly renovated lobby with licensed and staffed bar, dressing rooms, air conditioning and heat, WiFi, and wheelchair accessibility.
Location: 1105 W. Chicago Avenue at Milwaukee Avenue.
Availability: 2013-2014 season beginning October 20. Prefer 6-8 week rentals.
Rates: $1,350 per week, plus $75 per week for utilities. 2-week deposit required.
Contact: 312-633-0630. For more information, visit our website at

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

Mojada- Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to performances through August 11th. Tickets are available over the phone at (773) 871-3000 and online at Use code "INDUSTRY" when checking out.

Bedroom Farce - Eclipse Theatre Company at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport is offering $10 industry tickets on Thursdays and Fridays through August 16th. Please mention code INDUSTRY at the Athenaeum Box Office when purchasing tickets. For more information, visit

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gorilla Tango Seeking Children's/Family Shows

Gorilla Tango Bucktown (now under new management) is seeking children's/family shows to produce Saturdays and Sundays in Fall 2013! Great space for music performances as well as theater. Primetime slots available as early as August and up through December. We provide the means to produce your show sustainably as well as the infrastructure you need (audition/rehearsal space, performance space, box office, basic marketing) so that you can focus on your project. Staff on-site every day 10 am - 11 pm. Contact Gwen at or call 773.598.4549 for more info.