Happy New Year!
It looks like I haven’t written for a couple of years! There’s a New Year’s Resolution—I will be better in 2020.
The fall of 2019 was full of happy collaborations—our production company Shot in the Dark premiered its second show ever—Drytown: A living room vaudeville. Nathan and I were joined with our Lyric Theatre colleagues Michael Tilley and Sarah Wigley in making a show about making a show. The hilarious Susan Werner wrote us some songs for it, memorably “Hey! You look tired”– a song about beloved guests who have overstayed their welcome. We’ve used it at home a few times since, as needed.
Lyric Theatre @ Illinois continues to thrive and grow, with five new productions a year and a new fund: the Krannert Center/Lyric Theatre Student Excellence Fund. We will launch that on January 30th at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts with an encore performance of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World.
In December, I had the privilege of helping lead a workshop of Paola Prestini’s new opera Sensorium Ex, in collaboration with Brenda Shaughnessy and Beth Morrison Projects. Tackling disability, motherhood, and artificial intelligence all at once, this piece challenges our emotional, social, and intellectual selves. It’s wonderful to live in a community where we have such expertise spread out among us.
Off for a quick visit to New York to visit the Prototype Festival, where Nathan is performing in Ricky Ian Gordon’s setting of Ellen West. And back to Illinois for rehearsals of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret and classes at the Krannert Center.
Happy New Year everyone! May it be a wonderful adventure.
The 2017-18 season promises to be an exciting one! Nathan and I will be celebrating American Songs at the DeBartolo Center (get ready to sing along!) and touring our cabaret to Nashville, Thomasville, Kalamazoo, Palm Desert, and Beverly Hills.
We’ll be in DC and LA to celebrate the Krannert Center with alumni and friends, and proud to produce four Lyric Theatre @ Illinois shows: [title of show], Hansel and Gretel, Don Giovanni (Nathan’s directorial debut!) and She Loves Me. We’ll keep you posted about masterclasses and other gatherings along the way.