Your Weekend Buzz (9/10/15)

Updates | No Comments → | September 9, 2015

Your weekly source for where to go, what to see, and who to sleep with.


Spotted: An Elizabeth Sandwich. Graduates of the first ACADEMY ensemble, Elizabeth Antonucci and Patrick Gannon, and Black Box instructor, Elizabeth Birnkrant, looking absolutely stunning at Step Up Productions’ fundraiser. Photo credit to Michael Courier.



Casting Call:

Emily Hooper Lansana (Storyteller and U of C Arts Facilitator) and Ron OJ Parson (numerous Chicago theater endeavors and presently directing Gem Of The Ocean at The Court Theater) are presenting a once a month summer reading series at University of Chicago.
The next play will be L. Trey Wilson’s award receiving SOMETHING HAPPENED on Monday, September 14th.
This is an equity approved reading presentation (stipend for participation and limited rehearsal)
Equity and non equity actors will be considered.
Director/Writer L. Trey Wilson received the LA Ovation Award and The GLAAD Award for SOMETHING HAPPENED. His play, STAGE DIRECTIONS was performed at Chicago Theater Company, Penumbra in Minneapolis and EST LA in Los Angeles. It received the  NAACP Award, The LA Drama Critics Circle Award, The LA Weekly Award and The Backstage West Garland Award. He was also featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.
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Donovan – African American, plays 17, gay,  smart, earnest, can be self righteous at times, emotional

Raymond/Rasheed – African American, plays 17, on the “DL” well mannered as Raymond but has an alter ego with is Rasheed who  behaves very, “street”

Doug – African American, 40’s – Donovan’s father, white collar, cerebral, witty

Get Your Ass to Class

Remember that time the whole session sold out 2 weeks before class started? OH. Cool yeah, we remember, that’s RIGHT NOW. We’re so excited to have so many of you back in class!

If you didn’t see the email yesterday, waitlists are open (just click here and follow the regular enrollment prompts to add your name to the list.) If we fill up a waitlist, there might be an added speakeasy style class but you didn’t hear it from us.

Get half-priced tickets to the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit, Disgraced!

Direct from Broadway, Ayad Akhtar’s “smart…surprising…shocking” (The New York Times) Pulitzer Prize-winning drama comes to Goodman Theatre in a blistering new production directed by Kimberly Senior. Use the promo code BLACKBOX to receive 50% off tickets to select performances*! Visit for more information and to purchase your tickets today!

*Offer valid for the following performances only: 9/12 at 8pm, 9/13 at 7:30pm, 9/16 at 7:30pm, 9/17 at 7:30pm, 9/18 at 8:00pm, 9/23 at 7:30pm. Not valid through Goodman’s mobile site, on premium or partial view seating, on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Expires 9/24/15.


Who: Sharron Palm and Nathaniel Kelley
What: Turn That Thing Around: A Manic Narrator’s Longest Ride
Where: The Chicago Fringe Festival
Gimme More: Chicago Fringe Festival Friday, September 11, 8:30 pm, September 12, 4:00 pm, and September 13, 5:30 pm! More info here.


Congrats to our most recent Professional Series instructor, Michael Patrick Thornton on winning The 2015 Time Out Chicago Theater Best Actor Award! Missed the profile in Time Out? You can read the full thing here:


We’re all following @arthistorysnap on Instagram, right? Okay, good, just checking.

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Alright…that’s all for this week!

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