"The Screwtape Letters" – New Years Show with champagne!!

"The Screwtape Letters", playing presently at The Mercury Theater on Southport. THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, the hit play based on C.S. Lewis’ classic novel, now playing at The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue , will feature expanded holiday performance schedule to include December 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and a special New Year’s Eve performance on December 31.   After the New Year’s Eve 8 p.m. show, there will be a champagne toast in the theater lobby followed by a special talk-back with Max McLean (co-creator and star) and Jeffrey Fiske (co-creator and director), who will foster audience discussions about the show’s provocative themes and answer questions about how they adapted C.S. Lewis’ classic novel into a hit stage production. 

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is directed by Jeffrey Fiske and stars Max McLean as Screwtape and Yvonne Gougelet as Toadpipe.  Scenic design is by Cameron Anderson, costumes are by Michael Bevins, lighting by Tyler Micoleau, and sound is by Bart Fasbender.  For more biographical or production information, visit www.ScrewtapeOnStage.com.

Theater tidbits….Freud, Reinventing Seattle, and an Evening of Holiday Mime

Village Players of Oak Park will present the new musical Far From Freud, by Phil Riegle and directed by Christopher Pazdernik.  Running for 2 weekends, January 17th – January 25th, Far From Freud will feature Stephanie Foster, James Gavin, Sydney Genco, Michael Jeija, Jennifer Noble, Laura MacGregor, Erin Marie O’She, Andrew Toniolo, and Joe Zordan.  Production team includes Dominic Clemente and pianist Kimberly Widmer.   More info here.

 

Reflect. Reinvent. React. Reconnect:  Join more than 1600 arts professionals to learn and reflect in 50 educational sessions, reinvent with eight Innovators, react to one of 17 ARTventures, and reconnect with colleagues across the country for three days in Seattle, all part of Americans for the Arts 2009 Annual Convention.  All info can be found here.

 

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The Mime Company is extending their A Holiday Evening of Mimeat the Raven Theatre studio space.  Receiving glowing reviews, the show will now continue through December 28th.  More info here.

McCullough on Women Playwrights

Mia McCullough, a playwright for Chicago Dramatists, has written a provocative piece on the website for Chicago Artists Resource, entitled “On Women in Playwriting” about sexism in theatre, and how this shapes the works and output of women playwrights.  It’s really worth a read.

Personally, I believe that this theatre sexism is a reflection misogynist  American culture in general, rather than just theater (to be fair, McCullough is only focusing about the theater world in this article).  My sister, Lisa, who is a lieutenant-colonel in the Army, actually teaches a course for military women on how to assert themselves and be noticed.  She mentioned to me that women are “trained” early to be much more reserved.  Even those women that are leaders in the community unconsciously possess traces of subserviency.  Examples she has given me: when men sit in a chair they spread themselves out, taking over the arm rests, while women sit with their hands inside the armrest, keeping their stature much more restrained and small; in meetings men tend, when speaking, to lean forward and confidently express their opinions, while women keep themselves sitting back in the chair, and can seem apologetic when offering their input, as if they’re interrupting the meeting.  Lisa also repeats McCullough’s observation that women also tend to apologize for silly things that men would never apologize for.

Here’s an excerpt from Mia McCollough’s article:

…. we are, still, programmed to be polite. We apologize for things, and censor ourselves far more than men do; and unfortunately this transfers to our art, and it shouldn’t. Art is not and should never be about politeness. Raw or refined, it should be a true expression of feeling. This will lead to another problem, I expect. When women stop being polite and really delve into the experience of being a woman, a whole lot of unpleasantness tends to rise to the surface.

 

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