Category Archives: Events

Meet the contestants #1: Edward Thomas-Herrera

The 2nd Annual Smartypants Adult Spelling Bee is coming up on Monday, June 23rd at Mayne Stage. Between now and then, we’ll be highlighting some of the competitors hoping to destroy the competition. Today, we meet Edward Thomas-Herrera.

 Edward Thomas-Herrera

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

A: Originally from Houston, Texas, I have been a writer, performer, director, producer working in Chicago for the past 25 years. I am one of the founders of BoyGirlBoyGirl, a solo performance ensemble. By day (i.e., for money), I sit at a computer, read e-mails, and move papers from one side of my desk to the other.

Q: How many Spelling competitions have you taken part in? Any specific experience(s) you’d like to share?

A: Since reaching adulthood a very long time ago, I have not spelled competitively. Back in grade school, I used to kick spelling ass on a regular basis. Between Comanche raids.

Q: What motivated you to sign up?

A: My legal spouse thinks I’m a good speller. I hope to prove him right. Maybe then he’ll start listening to me when I suggest what color we should paint the living room.

Q: What gives you an edge over the other contestants in this year’s Smartypants Spelling Bee?

A: When I hear a word, I can “see” it in my mind’s eye. Spelled correctly, of course. I also wear colorful pants.

Q: Anything else about yourself that you’d like to share with the world?

A: Blue. A robin’s egg blue. It’ll make the room look bigger while contrasting nicely with the rust-orange curtains and the brown couch.

RPAA’s Art Round Trip: A Walking & Riding Art Tour in Rogers Park!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013 – 12:00PM TO 5:00PM

Rogers Park Arts Alliance presents Art Round Trip, an inaugural tour of exhibitions, open studios, galleries and performance. Bike, walk or ride the Red Line to experience the arts in Rogers Park.

Start at Loyola Avenue and travel north to Morse, Jarvis and Howard Street. Bring the family and explore the arts on a sunny October afternoon in Chicago’s northernmost neighborhood. Maps available at each stop and venue.

Rogers Park Arts Alliance is an evolving, project driven consortium of individual artists, arts organizations and businesses with the mission to advance artistic engagement within our diverse community and to promote Rogers Park as a leading destination for art in Chicago.

More info here and here.


Building a Theatre of Inclusion

Building a Theatre of Inclusion: Perspectives on Asian American Casting and Producing

On February 18, 2013, Silk Road Rising, the League of Chicago Theatres and Lifeline Theatre will host a panel discussion and community conversation that will address challenges faced by Asian American actors, particularly as regards casting, questions that theatres face in producing plays with Asian American content, as well as broader community concerns with productions that are not perceived as culturally authentic.

Panelists will include: David Henry Hwang, Playwright; Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising; Eliza Shin, Actor; and Chay Yew, Artistic Director of Victory Gardens Theatre.

The panel will be moderated by Danny Bernardo, actor and resident playwright at Bailiwick Chicago.

We hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be an engaging conversation!

When: Monday, February 18, 2013
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building
77 West Washington St, Chicago, IL

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Sneak Peek Duet! (The City & The City and The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost

Because December is crowded (have you noticed how crowded it is?) we scheduled two sneak peek events at exactly the same time.   Sneak peeks are our special events for donors and subscribers where we do a little behind-the-scenes preview of upcoming shows and enjoy some wine and cheese and mingling.

On the December 8th Sneak Peek duet, the KidSeries families went upstairs and saw an excerpt from The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost and then the kids participated in a drama workshop and then came downstairs for snacks.

Simultaneously, The City & The City crowd had snacks and beverages in our lobby and then went into the theater to see some City scenes and movement work.

Thanks to our subscribers Char Uney and Nona Flores for providing delectable edibles for this event.  And thanks to the cast and crew of both shows for their inside-the-process presentations and Q&A sessions.

Dorothy Milne
Artistic Director