Episode 23 – Calamity West

“The great thing about theatre is that … we get to watch things go really, really badly for other people.” Playwright Calamity West says she is always trying to write parables, stories we can learn from.  We sat down to discuss her work, how amazing playwright Annie Baker is and how theatre can respond to…

Race and Representation Among Decision-Makers in Chicago Theatre (or How Guerrilla Research is Like Performance Art)

Diversity on Chicago’s stages has been the hot button issue in 2016.  But, as director Lavina Jadhwani observes, “Casting is the symptom, not the root problem. I wish we could focus the conversation more on decision makers (including directors and writers — but also producers, artistic directors, etc).”  The lack of diversity she saw in…

Spiel Chicago Episode 1: Meridith Friedman

Welcome to the first episode of Spiel Chicago, bringing you stories from behind the scenes of storefront theatre in Chicago. This week, I’m sharing some of my interview with playwright Meridith Friedman. Meridith’s play, THE FIRESTORM, was produced by Stage Left Theater in the Fall of 2015. The play is about an interracial political power couple, Patrick…