The Goodman Theatre’s production of By The Way, Meet Vera Stark opened last night. Previews run through 5/5, and then the run continues through June 2. I produced and was the assistant director for the film clip from “The Belle of New Orleans” that opens the second act of the play. We shot on beautiful 35mm black and white film and tried as much as possible to make it look like something that was created in the mid-1930s.
If you’re in Chicago, if you like live theater, if you like GOOD live theater, if you like film history, if you’re interested in the history of African American artists in Hollywood, if you like fantastic set and costume design, come see the show. There is a neat talk with the playwright, Lynn Nottage, and the play’s director, Chicago theater legend Chuck Smith, scheduled for Sunday, 5/5.
P.S. I’m seeing it this Wednesday night, 5/1. If you’re around, Tweet me and say hello.
In other news, the Boston-Area Wicked Awkward Sitting Around And Chatting Meetup will be on May 26. From thecynicalromantic:
Hi Captain,Since a couple people have expressed regret at missing and/or shyness at participating in the T meetup (including myself), I’d like to try and host a more stationary, Awkwardeers-only meetup for the Boston area.At 4 pm on Sunday, May 26, I will be hanging out at the tables in Davis Square outside of JP Lick’s, the same site as the last Boston meetup. Plushie Cthulhu will be with me. I have not yet decided what entertainments I will bring, so if anyone wants to suggest or bring anything, feel free! In case of inclement weather, I will seek refuge in Diesel Cafe.Davis Square is accessible at the Davis Square stop on the Red Line and by a number of buses. There is not really anything resembling easy parking in the area, although I believe there is better parking along the Red Line at Alewife.If anyone wishes to contact me privately beforehand, my twitter handle is @bloodygranuaile, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (I do check the twitter much more frequently than the email).Thanks,thecynicalromantic
This one is less public performance art, more eating ice cream and chilling out in (hopefully) nice weather.