Archive for July, 2009

Summer Action and One Hot Tip

Friday, July 17th, 2009
Richard Engling, Artistic Director

Richard Engling

Welcome to Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s blog! Despite this being summer and a long time before the next show, Polarity people are busy. Ann Keen and Abigail Trabue are busy assembling their production team for A Streetcar Named Desire, our season opener. Streetcar auditions are coming soon and everyone is anticipating an exciting process. Abby had an unbelievable number of talented actors wanting to audition, so Ann and she are sure to find a remarkable cast.

Jason Epperson and I are at work on a web site makeover, and Jason is preparing some new marketing strategies for the company. We are inviting new members and associates to the Ensemble, and we’ll have an announcement about that soon.

Playwright Lisa Rosenthal and I had an exciting meeting last week. I’ll be directing Lisa’s play The Good Harvest, which will open in late March. Lisa and I had breakfast at The Bourgeois Pig in the DePaul neighborhood and talked ideas about the show. (They make a great breakfast there, by the way, and we had fun talking on a variety of theatrical topics–including starting this blog. Lisa has promised to blog here, as well). Post-meeting, Lisa┬áis back at work on another revision to a script that is already terrific. We are really looking forward to the world premiere of Lisa’s play.

And today, composer Greg Silva and I had lunch at the Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park to discuss Singing in the Grave: The Musical Comedy of Death, a project on which he and I are collaborating. We spun some new ideas and gave ourselves deadlines for creating new words and music.

If you are hungry for some good theatre right now, I recommend Boleros for the Disenchanted at the Goodman Theatre. My wife Gail and I saw it last weekend, and it was a really fine show. Henry Godinez directed a terrific cast in Jose Rivera’s love story of two generations and a journey from Cuba to America. Gail and I got to see Rivera’s School of the Americas at the Public Theatre in New York, as well, and we really admire his work.

Richard Engling, Artistic Director