Gary Shakespeare in Deep Rehearsal for King Lear: For reasons which will become apparent soon in a slightly different context I was lucky enough to attend a rehearsal of the Gary Shakespeare company last week. The first production, a joint project of Indiana University Northwest and Purdue Calumet, will surprise you. You will not find a more diverse cast in all aspects, including experience with the work of Shakespeare. There are 11 major parts in the play so you get the idea---old, young, gay, straight, different colors, skinny, chubby, big hair, bald. If the idea of having a community theater company is to reflect that community---and of course, with Shakespeare what else would you be doing---this production fulfills that mission perfectly. I'm going to love it and you will probably love it too. IUN Theatre Northwest is at 3660 Grant Street in Gary, Producer is Corya Channing a Continuibng Lecturer at Purdue and the play is being directed by Norman Caplan. Tickets are $10 or whatever you can afford. Opening night is next Friday, August 16th.
And for all you Moth Radio Listeners at the Acorn: Adult Education (storytelling) by Scott Whitehair tomorrow night at 8 pm (ET) in Three Oaks. The material is not suitable for children or sensitive adults, we understand. The show features a revolving cast of Chicago's finest storytellers on stage to tell their secrets including deeds, misdeeds, many x-rated. Sometimes brave members of the audience share secrets of their own. According to the Acorn you should bring an open mind, a strong stomach, and your sense of humor - but not the kids.
The lineup for August is:
- Willy Nast, Writer/performer and host of Essay Fiesta
- David Boyle, Artistic Director of Chicago Solo Theatre
-Natasha Tsoutsouris, storyteller/solo performer
-Jim Bennett, Moth Grand Slam Champ