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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Call for Entries for Chicago's Greenhouse Solo Celebration (Chicago,IL)
GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER TO HOST “SOLO CELEBRATION!” JUNE 2016-JANUARY 2017
Seven-Month Performance Series to Include Full-Length One-Person
Plays, Special Events, Comedians, Musical Performances and More;
Submissions Now Being Accepted
Jacob Harvey Named Artistic Director
Wendy and William Spatz,
owners and operators of the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln
Avenue), today announced that the venue will produce a major new
performance series showcasing the talents of solo performers as the
inaugural season of the theater’s new producing division. Running June
2016 – January 2017, “Solo Celebration!” will feature more than 50 weeks
of programming comprised of one-person, full-length plays, musical and
cabaret performances, comedians and special events on all four of the
venue’s stages. Submissions are currently being accepted for
consideration to be included in the series at greenhousetheater.org.
Curating and producing the series will be newly appointed Greenhouse Theater Center Artistic Director Jacob Harvey.
Harvey recently moved to Chicago having worked at Berkeley Repertory
Theatre, where he was awarded the Bret C. Harte Director/Producer
Fellowship. He also served as Associate Producer and Interim Director
of Programming for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and
Co-Artistic Director of Mechanicals Theatre Group in Los Angeles. He
has produced or directed numerous productions in Los Angeles and New
York, including the new musical “Ladyhawks,” (previously titled
“Volleygirls”), “35mm: A Musical Exhibition,” “Out of My Head” and “Mr.
Marmalade.” He is also a producer and consultant for Your Theatrics
International. A distinguished team of theater artists from Chicago and
around the country will join Harvey in the adjudication process.
“The ability of a single performer to mesmerize an audience has always been fascinating to Bill and me,” said Wendy Spatz.
“This performance series will showcase artists, both local and from
across North America and perhaps other areas of the world, who possess
this amazing gift.”
The programming for “Solo Celebration!” will include as many as 15
full-length plays, which may run for as many as six weeks, as well as a
multitude of limited engagements, running from one to three weeks, and
special events with one or two performances. Most productions will be
produced by Greenhouse Theater Center or co-produced by the venue in
partnership with an established theater company. Four performance
spaces are available: two 200-seat theaters and two 60-seat black-box
studios. All artists will be paid, and all productions will receive box
office and house management support, as well as significant marketing
support provided by Carol Fox and Associates.
“Playwrights, producers, theater companies, actors (both Equity and
non-Equity), comedians, singers, cabaret artists and other solo
performers are all encouraged to apply for inclusion in ‘Solo
Celebration!,’” said Jacob Harvey. “Having worked
extensively on both coasts, I relocated to Chicago because of the local
theater community’s incredible supportiveness, passion and eye toward
artistic expression and quality. We want ‘Solo Celebration!’ to make
the Greenhouse Theatre Center a hub for this sense of community,
showcasing the incredible talent our community of theater artists has to
offer, while also bringing in exceptional productions from other cities
to inspire additional artistic growth and expression.”
“The Greenhouse Theater Center has established itself as home to some
of Chicago’s finest theater companies, and that will not change,” added William Spatz.
“We are setting aside space between our resident companies’
performances for ‘Solo Celebration!’ so as not to interfere with their
ongoing programming needs. By offering production, marketing and
administrative support, we hope to offer Chicagoans the opportunity to
see a tremendous array of remarkable works that otherwise would not have
been seen on any stage in our city.”
Artists who wish to submit their work for consideration for inclusion
in “Solo Celebration!” can apply by visiting greenhousetheater.org.
Specific application requirements can be found on the website. The
deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016 and applicants will be
notified of their status on a rolling basis. Programming will be
announced at a future date.
Funding for “Solo Celebration!” is provided by the Wendy and William Spatz Charitable Foundation.
About the Greenhouse Theater Center
The Greenhouse Theater Center is a not for profit performance venue
housing four stages in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, that
strives to provide an epicenter for diverse artistic points of view and
excellent entertainment through area partnership, annual programming,
educational events, carefully selected resident theater companies,
affiliations with the League of Chicago Theaters, and local chambers of
In 2014 alone, The Greenhouse Theater Center provided space for almost
1000 ticketed performances with more than 45,000 patrons in attendance,
hosted 50 free Trellis Readings, and provided theater rental space to
theater production companies that produced 30 productions in the venue.