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Archive for January 29th, 2011

Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter Opens January 27-29 at Goodman Theatre

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Limited Chicago Debut Engagement continues at Northwestern University (February 4-6, 11-13) and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (February 18-20) 

 

Chicago, IL –  Goodman Theatre announces the performance schedule for Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter, adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban, produced by Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada, at three Chicago venues, January 27 – February 20, 2011. This Chicago premiere is presented by Goodman Theatre in association with Northwestern University, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the League of Chicago Theatres.

Opening Night is Thursday, January 27 at Goodman Theatre. Being Harold Pinter runs 1 hour, 15 minutes and is presented in Belarusian and Russian with English supertitles. Tickets are $20 (some discounts apply); to purchase, contact the box office or visit the website of the respective venue.

January 27-29 at Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn)

312.443.3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org

January 27 at 7:30pm (opening night – sold-out)

January 28 at 8pm

January 29 at 8pm

February 4-6 and 11-13 at the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University’s Mussetter-Struble Theater (1949 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL) 847.491.7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu

February 4 at 8pm

February 5 at 8pm

February 6 at 2pm

February 11 at 8pm

February 12 at 8pm

February 13 at 2pm

February 18-20 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand on Navy Pier)

312.595.5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com

February 18 at 8pm

February 19 at 8pm

February 20 at 2pm (closing)

For an unprecedented artistic event with potential far-reaching international impact, Goodman Theatre invites Eastern Europe’s Belarus Free Theatre to Chicago for a limited engagement of Being Harold Pinter, January 27 – February 20, 2011. Presented in partnership with Northwestern University, the League of Chicago Theatres and

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Being Harold Pinter arrives in Chicago on the heels of its sold-out engagement at New York’s Under the Radar Festival—for which the Belarus Free Theatre, facing persecution in their homeland, escaped imprisonment in December 2010. Hailed as “truly passionate, truly political theater (that) isn’t just admirable, it has virtues beyond its relevance and bravery” (The New York Times), Being Harold Pinter.

incorporates transcripts from Belarusian political prisoners with excerpts from Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s lifetime of writings. Belarus Free Theatre creates visually striking images with simple means and underscores the fierceness of Pinter’s words with the intense physicality of the actors.

Being Harold Pinter blurs the boundaries between art and reality, delivering a poignant contemporary commentary on violence, oppression, freedom and human dignity.

“We found it imperative to extend this brave, bold theater company’s stay in the United States by offering them the opportunity to perform in Chicago,” said Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls. “These are artists struggling against an oppressive state, and their work is both essential and powerful.”

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its downtown facility, welcoming nearly 2 million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—serving students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs) and employing more than 3,000 artists and theater professionals. The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. The Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox, and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

“I think I speak for the entire Northwestern theater community—and the broader University community—when I say that we are thrilled to join the Chicago theater community in hosting this valiant and important group of artists and supporting the work that they create and the freedom of expression that they represent,” said Henry Godinez, Theatre and Interpretation Center Artistic Director, Northwestern University Theatre Department Associate Professor and Goodman Resident Artistic Associate.

The Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University produces and presents as many as 40 productions annually, in four theatres, for the School of Communication, and in partnership with the Departments of Theatre and Performance Studies, and the Dance Program. In addition, the Center produces the annual Waa-Mu Show, an original student written and performed musical, and is home for the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) that is dedicated to developing and producing new musicals by leading local and national artists. Celebrating its 30th anniversary and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Henry Godinez and Managing Director Diane Claussen, the Center is a rich laboratory for experimentation for 400 undergraduate and graduate students who create, design, direct and perform in classic and contemporary plays, dance performances and musicals directed by faculty, MFA students and guest professional artists. The Center reflects the academic mission and values of the University, the curricular needs of the Theatre and Performance Studies departments, the educational priorities of Communication students and seeks to engage through performance the campus and greater Metropolitan Chicago area communities in civic dialogue. The Dean of Northwestern University’s School of Communication is Barbara O’Keefe, Rives Collins is Chair of the Department of Theatre and E. Patrick Johnson is Chair of the Department of Performance Studies. President Morton Schapiro and Provost Daniel Linzer lead Northwestern University.

“We are thrilled that the Chicago theatrical community could come together in this way and offer this incredible company more time in the U.S.,” said Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres. “We know that we can count on our savvy and adventurous Chicago audiences to support this amazing company and further show how they are the best in the world.”

The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theatres which leverages its collective strength to promote, support and advocate for Chicago’s theatre industry locally, nationally and internationally. The League’s membership includes more than 200 theatres, a vast majority of Chicago’s rich theatre community. Membership reaches into all regions of the metropolitan area, and range from storefront theatres with budgets under $10,000 to cultural centers with multi-million dollar shows. The League bridges the gaps between our members with programs and services that directly impact administrative and artistic operations, and promote awareness and visibility for live theatre as an art form.

“It is a rare privilege to speak collectively and directly to our community in support of important work, bringing it and its political context to a public forum,” said Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. “Chicago Shakespeare’s World’s Stage program has hosted over 20 theater companies from around the globe, and we are honored to join our colleagues in welcoming Belarus Free Theatre to Chicago, thereby increasing the number of performances presented and encouraging more Chicagoans to see their work.”

Recipient of the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. CST has garnered acclaim under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, including 55 Joseph Jefferson Awards and three Laurence Olivier Awards. The Theater has experienced record growth since moving to its current, state-of-the-art facility on Navy Pier in 1999, and will celebrate its 25th Anniversary next season. The 38-play canon of William Shakespeare forms the core of CST’s work and Subscription Series, complemented by other dramatic works—from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare’s timeless insights into the human condition. Through a 48-week season encompassing more than 600 performances, Chicago Shakespeare leads the community as the largest employer of Chicago actors. CST also contributes to an international community of creative exchange through its World’s Stage Series, which affords Chicago audiences prime opportunities to experience the cultural and artistic traditions of some of the world’s iconic theater troupes as well as sending some of CST’s best works abroad. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to making theater an expansive, ever-changing and lifelong relationship. For family audiences, CST Family presents abridged Shakespeare productions, timeless fables and fairy tales, interactive music concerts and world-premiere musical theater created with families in mind. CST’s education outreach program, Team Shakespeare, has served over 1 million students and teachers throughout the Midwest, introducing the Bard’s legacy to a new generation.

Kirk and Schock introduce legislation to block transfer of Gitmo Detainees to United States

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Measure intended to plan for orderly trials and incarceration at $400 million facility already paid for by the U.S. taxpayer

 

 

Chicago, IL —Determined to plan for the orderly prosecution and incarceration of terrorist detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) unveiled legislation today that would block the expenditure of federal funds to move the suspected terrorists into the United States.  The legislation also blocks the use of federal dollars for any future transfer of any new foreign detainees onto U.S. soil.

 

“After learning of Administration plans to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to Illinois, Congressman Schock, myself and the other members of the Illinois congressional delegation joined to protect Illinois from this action,” Senator Kirk said.

 

“Just last month after the Administration attempted to insert a last-minute provision into the Defense Authorization bill giving the Administration power to transfer terrorists to the heartland, we realized the fight to protect Illinois from hosting terrorists is not over.”

 

While Congressman Schock, Senator Kirk and other Illinois lawmakers successfully protected Illinois from the proposed transfer, Administration officials remain committed to bringing detainees into America.

 

“This isn’t the first time Senator Kirk and I have teamed up to ensure terrorist detainees are not transferred to Illinois or the United States,” Congressman Schock said.  “The big issue for me is the total lack of transparency from the White House on their intentions regarding potential transfers of terrorists located in Guantanamo, or abroad, to the U.S. There seems to be a complete disregard for sharing this information with the American public or the safety of the communities they put at risk by housing these terrorists in our back yard.

 

“The United States has a multi millions dollar, state-of-the art facility, including court rooms, in Guantanamo Bay, and that should be where enemy combatants captured on the battlefield are held, tried and brought to justice.”

 

Senator Kirk and Congressman Schock said the Administration’s long-term goal raises the possibility that Thomson Prison in Illinois or another facility on the mainland could be viewed as a potential site to house the terrorist detainees.  Plans for the State of Illinois to sell Thomson to the Federal Bureau of Prisons hit a snag last December when federal officials unexpectedly failed to submit a bid for the $219 million facility.  But federal officials reportedly remain interested in buying the prison to house non-Gitmo U.S. federal prisoners.

 

Closing Guantanamo raises questions about whether the detainees ultimately would face trial for their alleged crimes in a civilian court or in front of a military tribunal.  Congressman Schock and Senator Kirk both favor providing stability to the trial and detention of terrorists by holding military tribunals and incarceration at Gitmo.

 

“Since the federal government spent over $400 million to build courtrooms and a terrorist detention facility at the 45-square-mile Guantanamo Bay facility, we should use it and not waste money on a new facility during this time of fiscal austerity,” Senator Kirk said.

 

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Congress passed the Authorization to Use Military Force, which granted the President the authority to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those…(who) planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks” against the United States.  Subsequently, non-uniformed combatants captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere were transferred to Guantanamo.

 

While approximately 800 combatants were transferred to Guantanamo for prosecution, a substantial majority of detainees were re-transferred or released.  Unfortunately, many of those released resumed jihad against the United States or her allies.  Defense Department officials classified the remaining 174 detainees into three categories: 1) detainees in preventative detention to prevent them from rejoining enemy forces; 2) detainees expected to face criminal charges; and 3) detainees cleared for release.

 

Both Senator Kirk and Congressman Schock favor justice for the detainees through military tribunals. 

 

“We should follow the legal precedents of Presidents Lincoln and Roosevelt by bringing the detainees before military tribunals for final justice,” Senator Kirk said.  “For the greatest mass murderer in U.S. history, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, I would hope the prosecution in his military tribunal would seek the death penalty.”

 

Illinois Civil War events website launches February 1

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On-line calendar lists Illinois Civil War 150th anniversary events across the state, continually updated
 
 
Springfield, IL – A new website that lists events from 2011 to 2015 in Illinois to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will launch February 1.
 
The comprehensive events calendar may be accessed starting February 1 at www.illinoiscivilwar150.org, and includes all events submitted to date.  Other events may be added over the next four years by following the instructions on the website.
 
“Illinois supplied some of the Civil War’s greatest leaders and many of its soldiers, and people have events planned the next four years to commemorate the state’s contributions to the war,” said Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Director Jan Grimes.  “We hope this website and events calendar will serve as an official guide to all that’s going on in Illinois to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.”  
 
In addition to the calendar of statewide Civil War related events, the website includes a time line of Illinois and the Civil War with illustrations, images and documents; downloadable PDFs of articles related to the Civil War; curriculum materials for teacher; suggestions for further reading; and a monthly feature highlighting a particular historic event or person.
 
One of the first events listed is the February 11 re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s Farewell Address as he departed Springfield, Illinois for Washington, DC as president-elect.  The calendar will end with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s internment in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery in May 2015.
 
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which operates all state-owned historic sites and memorials as well as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, developed the on-line calendar in cooperation with Save Illinois History.  The Agency’s list of Civil War-related sites includes the Presidential Library and Museum; Ulysses S. Grant Home and Elihu Washburne House in Galena; the Stephen A. Douglas Tomb in Chicago; the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington; the Old State Capitol and Lincoln Tomb in Springfield; and Metamora Courthouse.  For more information, visit www.illinois-history.gov.

GOODMAN THEATRE’S WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 PERFORMANCE OF THE TRINITY RIVER PLAYS CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER

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Chicago, IL - Due to anticipated severe weather conditions, Goodman Theatre will cancel its Wednesday, February 2 performance of The Trinity River Plays at 7:30pm. All ticket holders will be contacted by the theater in order to exchange tickets for another date. Subscribers only can exchange online: visit www.GoodmanTheatre.org. Patrons can also contact the box office at 312.443.3800 with any questions or concerns.

 

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