Saturday, April 18, 2015

Strangeloop has an immediate need for a lighting designer

We have an immediate need for a Lighting Designer for our spring production, Thinking Caps by Keith Gatchel.

About the production: Thinking Caps is set in the near future and flows seamlessly between virtual reality and the real world. The play explores the upsides and downsides social media based in virtual reality technology. We need a lighting designer who can work with our projections designer to create these virtual reality worlds on stage and make the transitions from real life to the virtual one clear for the audience.

The production will be at the Charnel House in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

Pay is $100 flat fee.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties include:
  • Creating design research to share with the team. 
  • Designing and programing lighting. 
  • Loading in lights. 
  • Attending production meetings, tech rehearsals (as needed), and strike. 
PRODUCTION DATES:
  • Load-in begins April 27 
  • Possible previews May 6 & 7 
  • Opening: May 8 
  • Closing/Strike Set: May 31
TO APPLY: Please send resume and statement of interest to production manager Holly Robison at loop@strangelooptheatre.org.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thanks to those who attended the reading of Mitera!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the staged reading of Mitera on Monday evening. We had an engaged crowd that gave us some valuable feedback, which will help as we continue to develop this script with an eye toward production.

The reading, which took place at Celtic Crown on Western Avenue, was directed by Breahan Eve Pautsch and stared Allison McCorkle as Olga Sheridan, Holly Robison as Nitsa Sheridan, Cyra K. Polizzi as Dimitra Sheridan, Lona Livingston as Sharon Kaskalis and Tim Lee as Dimitris Kokkinakis.

Mitera, a new work written by Strangeloop Company Member Maria Burnham, centers around three, single sisters have their lives turned upside down when they find out their Greek mother is still micromanaging their lives from beyond the grave. Mitera pokes and prods the boundaries of family loyalty and examines the idea that sometimes the people we’ve known our entire lives are the people we know the least.

Mitera is part of Strangeloop Theatre's development series. A scene from Mitera was originally featured in our short play and new works development series, Loopshop, in 2013.

Strangeloop featured on DNAInfo

Strangeloop was recently featured in an article on DNAInfo about a surge in theater productions in Logan Square, which is a strangely underserved area when it comes to theater.

Our spring show, Thinking Caps, opens May 8 at the Charnel House in Logan Square.
Is a Theater Revival Brewing in Logan Square? Lonely Stage Troupes Hope So
By Darryl Holliday
While dozens of theaters stretch from downtown Chicago north along the coast of Lake Michigan, performers and theater lovers in Logan Square say the Northwest Side neighborhood is due for a revival. Theater Y and Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton Ave., are both hosting new shows in March and April but a search for options in the neighborhood yields little results.
Read the entire article on the DNAInfo Chicago website.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Strangeloop seeking actors for a staged reading of The Odyssey

Strangeloop Theatre is seeking actors for a staged reading of its upcoming movement-driven adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey.

The staged reading is part of the company's development process and those involved in development will receive first consideration in casting for the full production. Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 26 at Aligned Modern Health.

The staged reading will take place on Monday, May 18, at Black Rock Pub.

Material To Prepare: Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and a short movement exercise. Come prepared to move. Please note, while this is a movement-driven piece, this is not a dance production and as such dance training is not a requirement.

Please submit a headshot and resume to odysseyauditions@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Strangeloop presents a staged reading of the new play, 'Mitera'

Join us for a free staged reading of Mitera, a new work written by Strangeloop Company Member Maria Burnham.

Three, single sisters have their lives turned upside down when they find out their mother is still micromanaging their lives from beyond the grave. Mitera pokes and prods the boundaries of family loyalty and examines the idea that sometimes the people we’ve known our entire lives are the people we know the least.

The reading is directed by Breahan Eve Pautsch and stars Allison McCorkle as Olga Sheridan, Holly Robison as Nitsa Sheridan, Cyra K. Polizzi as Dimitra Sheridan, Lona Livingston as Sharon Kaskalis and Tim Lee as Dimitris Kokkinakis.

Mitera is part of Strangeloop Theatre's development series. A scene from Mitera was originally featured in our short play and new works development series, Loopshop, in 2013. That version was directed by Elana Elyce, and starred Allison McCorkle as Olga, Stella Martin as Nitsa and Cyra K. Polizzi as Dimitra.

The reading takes place in upstairs room of the Celtic Crown (4301 N. Western Ave., Chicago).

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

'Thinking Caps' Examines The Future Of Social Media In A Telepathic World


Playwright Keith Gatchel said he was inspired to write Thinking Caps after realizing technology increasingly has become what defines who we are and how we relate to previous and future generations.

Find out more about Gatchel's inspiration for writing Thinking Caps in our release here.

Thinking Caps runs May 8 through May 31 at The Charnel House (3421 W Fullerton Ave.) in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $18 for general admission and available online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1347699.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Get your Thinking Caps now!

Thinking Caps are now on sale online at Brown Paper Tickets!

Everyone who is anyone already has one. Don't get left behind in the boring old real world! Join us in the virtual one!

(Poster design by Mike Wozniak)