Stage Notes: ‘Metamorphoses’ extends; Steve Scott honored; Goodman Playwrights announced
By Hedy Weiss Theater Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org October 17, 2012 2:44PM
“METAMORPHOSES” EXTENDS: The luminous Lookingglass Theatre Company revival of “Metamorphoses,” based on the myths of Ovid, and written and directed by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman, has been extended for four weeks. It will now run through Dec. 16 at Lookingglass’ home at 821 N. Michigan. For tickets ($36-$70), phone (312) 337-0665 or visit www.lookingglasstheatre.org. The production will transfer to The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., in February 2013.
STEVE SCOTT HONORED: Steve Scott, artistic associate and associate producer at the Goodman Theatre, and a frequent director at Eclipse Theatre, has been named the recipient of the 4th annual 2012 Eclipse Corona Award. The award honors an individual who has played an important role in supporting and nurturing both the Chicago theater community at large, and Eclipse Theatre. Scott, who has overseen more than 150 productions at the Goodman, has directed at the Silk Road Theatre Project, A Red Orchid Theatre, Redtwist Theater, Northlight and many others. The award will be presented Nov. 12 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. For tickets and additional information call (773) 325-9655.
GOODMAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANNOUNCED: The Goodman Theatre has announced the four Chicago-based writers who will participate in its third season of the Playwrights Unit — a year-long residency program designed to support and develop new works. The appointed playwrights include Greg Allen, founding director of The Neo-Futurists and the creator of “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)”; Alice Austen, resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of Shanghai Low Theatricals; Ike Holter, founding member and resident writer of The Inconvenience theater company, and author of “Hit the Wall”; and Christopher Oscar Peña, whose play, “however long the night,” premiered at London’s Old Vic. In partnership with Chicago Dramatists, the Playwrights Unit meets twice monthly with members of the Goodman’s artistic team to discuss their plays-in-progress and provide feedback for one another. The program includes readings of the playwrights’ works-in-progress at Chicago Dramatists in early 2013, and culminates in June 2013 staged readings of their completed works at the Goodman.