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Graney Stepping Down from the Hypocrites Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Reid   
Friday, 21 January 2011 15:02

There will be a new Hypocrite-in-Chief beginning with the 2011-12 season—but don’t expect major changes in mission. Sean Graney announced on January 14 that he is stepping down as artistic director for the company he founded in 1997 and has shepherded through over 40 productions, including the current hit run of The Pirates of Penzance (running through January 30 at the Chopin studio). But his successor, Halena Kays, is a company member with long roots in Chicago theatre, including her stint as founder and artistic director for Barrel of Monkeys.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 January 2011 15:58
MARY SCRUGGS, 1964-2011 Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Reid   
Friday, 21 January 2011 14:52
“I know that the dead don’t need us to be dead, too. ‘Rejoice,’ they said, ‘because this earth is filled with love and grief and wonder. But your time is brief. We do not begrudge you one moment of it."
Mary Scruggs, 1964-2011, from her show Missing Man

Mary Siewert Scruggs didn’t get enough moments on this earth. But she filled them with love and joy, laughter and compassion, and she left an indelible mark on her family, friends, fellow artists, and countless students who benefited from her encouragement and discerning ear for comedy rooted in truth.

Scruggs, who headed the writing and education programs at Second City, collapsed and died at home late last Tuesday, January 11. She was 46.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 January 2011 15:02
Lois Weisberg Resigns, Blasts Daley Print E-mail
Written by Carrie L. Kaufman   
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 14:32

The news was broken this morning by Greg Hines on a Crains Chicago Business Blog. Lois Weisberg, the Chicago Commissioner of Cultural Affairs since 1989, has resigned in protest of the recent firings in her department, and the move by Mayor Daley to put many of her programs under the auspices of the Mayor's Department of Special Events.

Weisberg told Hinz: "I am not on the same wavelength as these other people. That's why I'm leaving. I felt bad that the mayor never asked, never talked to me about how to fix Taste of Chicago. I don't believe in privatization."

There's more to read at Hinz' blog.

You can read backstory and details at Jim DeRogatis' blog.

And more background at Jonathan Abarbanel's blog.

Ragtime, Chad Deity Top 2010 Equity Jeff Awards Print E-mail
Written by Carrie L. Kaufman   
Monday, 25 October 2010 14:49
Drury Lane Oakbrook was the scene of one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the season, and on Monday night, it was where the Jeff Awards honored that show. Ragtime walked away with seven Jeff Awards, including for best musical for a large theatre, best director for a musical and almost all the musical acting awards.

The Victory Gardens/Teatro Vista productions of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (which went on to become a Pulitzer finalist), received five awards, including best production of a play from a large theatre, director and new work for writer Kristoffer Diaz.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 October 2010 22:00
Timothy Dougas Takes Artistic Reins at Remy Bumppo Print E-mail
Written by Carrie L. Kaufman   
Friday, 22 October 2010 11:26

Timothy Douglas, a veteran actor, producer and director with extensive regional theatre credits, has been named the new Remy Bumppo artistic director. Douglas will formally take the reins of the company in July of 2011, but will spend the next year working with the company, and current artistic director James Bohnen, who is leaving after 14 years.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 October 2010 11:58

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