It’s that time of year again. In a few weeks, Next Communities will bring a small group of community members together on the coldest Saturday mornings of the year, to share their views and passion about an issue, with the goal of creating an original play. This year we’ll be focusing on youth and education issues in Evanston, a topic that seems every bit as timely as last year’s discussion of race, and the previous year’s exploration of gentrification.
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Nope, neither have we. These folks are invited, free, to every opening night here at Next Theatre Company. Alderman Jean-Baptiste, in fact, never even returned our calls requesting a meeting four years ago; he’s been invited to various Next Theatre Company programs and plays a … Read More >
I was honored yesterday to be asked by Janet Carl Smith, the Deputy Director of Chicago’s Cultural Affairs Department, to join Mayor Daley at a press conference celebrating “Chicago’s award-winning theater community.” While the event was really a Tony Awards send-off for Chicago Shakespeare and Steppenwolf (the awards are this Sunday the 15th; Chicago Shakes is getting the regional-theater Tony, and Steppenwolf’s AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is up for … Read More >