Stuart Carden appointed Writers’ Theatre Associate AD

StuartCarden Writers’ Theatre has appointed Stuart Carden associate artistic director.

I’m so excited to be in collaboration with Stuart,” said Michael Halberstam, executive director the Writers’. “He has a rich background in literary development, a keen and ambitious scope of work as a director and a passion for the administrative challenges that come with supporting artistic direction. In a very short time I believe we will see Stuart’s strength of perspective and influence find its way onto the stages of Writers’ Theatre.”

Says Carden:

“I’m thrilled to be back home in the thriving Chicago theatre community as Writers’ Theatre’s new associate artistic director. Michael Halberstam and Kathryn Lipuma have created something extraordinary in Glencoe and I’m honored to join the passionate and vibrant group of artists and theater-makers that call Writers’ home. Through the course of my career my theatrical raison d’être has been helping bring new and diverse voices to the stage and I’m looking forward to bringing that passion for new work to Writers’ exciting Literary Development Initiative.”

Stuart Carden joins Writers’ Theatre as associate artistic director after two seasons at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh where he was associate artistic director. As a new play specialist, Stuart has helped to develop over thirty plays, twelve of which he directed in their world premiere productions. Notable regional, U.S., and world premieres include works by Martin Crimp, David Henry Hwang, Tristine Skyler, Jeffrey Hatcher, Shishir Kurup, Richard Dresser and Yussef El Guindi. Last season his production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis garnered five Kevin Kline nominations including “Outstanding Production” and “Outstanding Director.”

In Chicago he directed the world premiere production of Shishir Kurup’s The Merchant on Venice at Silk Road Theatre Project, which was named one of the top ten plays of 2007 by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Time Out Chicago. Other recent new play work includes directing Mary’s Wedding, The Pillowman, Stones in his Pockets, A Picasso, The Moonlight Room, 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith, Big Love and Back of the Throat. Classical and classically inspired directing projects include The False Servant, Spring Awakening, Life is a Dream, The Crucible, The Game of Love and Chance, Miss Julie, A Streetcar Named Desire and his own adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s Diary of a Madman.

Stuart has taught acting, directing and movement at Carnegie Mellon University, The Hartt School, Loyola University, Beloit College and Act One Studios. He holds an M.F.A. in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. In the 2009/10 season Stuart is slated to direct David Harrower’s Blackbird at City Theatre Company and a play very familiar to Writers’ Theatre audiences, Crime and Punishment adapted by Curt Columbus and Marilyn Campbell, at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

For more info about the Writers’ Theatre, please visit www.writerstheatre


3-Day New York theatre trip offered by Heron PR

Noreen Heron & Associates has announced that they are offering their first ever Broadway tour of New York Oct 15 – 18 (3 nights.) From the scheduled shows, it looks like a great time will be had by all:

1. First off, they were able to score 40 tickets to THE hottest show on Broadway, A STEADY RAIN starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, and one of the producers, Ray Gaspard, is kind enough to share his time for a talk back session. 

2. You’ll then see the wildly popular musical BILLY ELLIOT, with a score by Elton John sweeping last year’s Tony Awards.

The package will also include dinner at Tavern on the Green, transportation between the airport, hotel, and restaurant, admission to a choice of six tourist attractions including the Empire State Building Observatory, Museum of the City of New York, the New York Water Taxi Statue of Liberty Express Cruise, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History or the top of the Rock Observation Deck. Shopping discounts and vouchers for coupon books are also included.

Rates for the Heron PR Broadway Tour are as follows: $1,999.00 for single occupancy, $1,799.00 for double occupancy, $1,599.00 for triple occupancy and $1,399.00 for quadruple occupancy.  Mention the code APPLE and save $100 when booking by August 30. For more information on this exclusive tour or to book your trip today, please contact Noreen Heron & Associates, Inc. at 773.969.5200.

Wednesday Wordplay – amscray Edgar Allan Poe!

He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays – cynical, but hopeful.
            — Dame Rose Macaulay, Crewe Train, 1926

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
            — Edgar Allan Poe, ‘Eleanora,’ 1842



When a person wears a scary amount of mascara

Although Melanie thought her mascara application was flawless, her eyelashes really looked like scary spiderlegs


Pig latin for "scram," which means "leave."

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Johnny: Hi Mom! Hi Dad!