Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Loopshop 3!!!

That's right folks this summer we will be premiering Strangeloop Theatre's third evening of original works! We have come quite a long way and are very proud to have made Loopshop the cornerstone on which the rest of the Strangeloop experience has been built.

Come join us for Loopshop 3 at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston , on July 13 and 14 at 8pm!

Just a little background... Loopshop (then called Strangeloop's New Works Workshop) premiered in February of 2009 at American Theatre Company with four plays written by Strangeloop company members. It was messy and amazing. One night, one day in the space, in out done. The fantastic reception that we received from our first Loopshop event prompted us to expand the project and revisit the idea of an evening of original works.

In August of 2009 Strangeloop premiered six plays with two performances under the brand new name of Loopshop! These six plays were a combination of pieces written by company members and pieces written by affiliated artists. The performance took place at Stage Left Theatre and nearly sold out both nights!

One of the pieces was Dustin Spence's The Sound of a Yellow Flower was performed as a twelve minute scene with actors Megan Martinez and Ian Maxwell under the keen direction of Leigh Barrett. The Sound of a Yellow Flower will be performed as Strangeloop Theatre's fully produced Fall 2010 production at Trap Door Theatre where Megan will reprise her roll as Natalia and Leigh will lighting design. It is this sense of creation and collaboration that has propelled Strangeloop Theatre to its current place within the Chicago theatre community and we hope for much more in the future.

Loopshop 3 will be premiering seven original works all by playwrights outside of the company! The line up is as follows: Protected by Mark Pracht, director Mark Pracht; The Weight by James Thomson, director Zack Florent; Waterproof by Paul Barile, director Doug Long; Reserving Departure by Barb Lhota, director Jesus Contreras; Crisco vs. Olive Oil by Michael Wagman, director Lance Hall; Life of an Intelligent Guard by Megan Mackie, director Bradley J. Gunter; Elevator by Anthony Ellison, director Shannon Bracken. Strangeloop Theatre is so excited to be working with so many talented artists!

Tickets for Loopshop 3 will be available soon along with many other exciting Strangeloop Theatre events. Stay tuned and come join us for all the fun in 2010!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

On a completely different note...

So we at Strangeloop are diligently getting the 2010-2011 season put together. Be on the lookout for upcoming events and shows! But just because we don't have any specifics yet does not mean that we don't have theatre going on in our lives. How about you?

I have just gotten back from an evening of Plasticene Physical Theater's From a Fading Light and if you have an evening to go see something totally amazing go check this out. Strangeloop is always trying to develop the new and different, involving our audiences in exciting ways. Well Plasticene has definitely beat us to the punch with this one. Of course they have been around just a little longer that we have (13 years more to be exact)!

So as we are getting our season finalized I will be updating some theatre that is affecting us, some theatre that gets us excited, so that you can know what we will be working toward in the future. Alternately, if you are reading this and have some suggestions for us please send those thoughts our way to loop@strangelooptheatre.org

Until next week!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Back from a Break!!!

Hey everyone. I'm not sure if you have noticed, but I have not updated the Loop blog in two months. Whew how the time flies! In case you were not able to make it out (and shame on you) Strangeloop's production of Living Quarters was a smash hit. Thank you to all who came out and thank you to the fine folks at Trap Door Theatre for letting us use their space!

Just because I haven't updated the blog does not mean we have been resting on our laurels. No in fact quite the opposite. No sooner has Strangeloop closed one show, but we are planning for our 2010-2011 season. That's right I said it season. Strangeloop is hoping to announce a fall and spring show along with a summer Loopshop and winter cabaret here in the next couple of months. We have selected a show for the fall and will be scouring scripts for a show for the spring. If you are a budding (or accomplished) playwright and would like Strangeloop to consider your piece for our Spring 2011 production send your script our way at loop@strangelooptheatre.org

We have many exciting events in the works, but now I must get back to reading those scripts. Whew! But I promise the Loop is now back up and running for weekly updates so stay tuned!