Episode 1: Meridith Friedman Re-Release

As we chug along with production on Season 2 of Spiel Chicago coming out in September, here’s a look back at our very first episode.  At the time, playwright Meridith Friedman was opening her show The Firestorm at Stage Left Theatre.  This season, Stage Left is producing another one of Meridith’s plays, The Luckiest People.…

Episode 19 – Lavina Jadhwani

Lavina Jadhwani is a director, playwright and casting director who is fascinated by the art of the mash-up.  She recently adapted Uncle Vanya for Rasaka Theatre Company, the midwest’s first South Asian American theatre company where she previously served as Artistic Director.  Lavina spoke with me about the kind of work that’s important to her,…

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 2: Adia Alli

This week I spoke with actress and stage manager Adia Alli about working in Chicago, representation in the theater and the kinds of shows she loves to see. Adia recently stage managed The Hairy Ape at Oracle Theatre and is currently understudying for Kristiana Rae Colon’s Good Friday.

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…