Saturday, August 20, 2016

Single-Day Passes Available Now for Comic Con Chicago Today & Tomorrow (Chicago,IL)

 

EBAY AUCTION NOW OPEN FOR WIZARD WORLD AND THE MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION'S ONE-OF-A-KIND BACK TO THE FUTURE™ 2-in-1 PINBALL AND ARCADE MACHINE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WIZARD WORLD AND THE MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION PARTNER TO HOST AN EBAY FOR CHARITY AUCTION WITH ONE-OF-A-KIND BACK TO THE FUTURE™
2-in-1 PINBALL AND ARCADE MACHINE AT WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO, AUGUST 18 – 21
 
The future is now! Custom made and autographed machine to be auctioned with all proceeds to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
 
            
 
  Wizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, is partnering with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) to auction off a custom-made and autographed Back to the Future™ 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine (pictured above right), created by VPcabs. The machine will be donated by VPcabs and autographed by cast members Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.  VPcabs will be debuting the 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine, along with its digital pinball machine (pictured above left), at Wizard World Chicago, August 18 – 21.   
 
eBay for Charity will begin the auction for the custom-made and autographed 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine on Saturday, August 20 with 100% of proceeds  going to the MJFF. Both the Back to the Future digital pinball machine and the 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine were developed by VPcabs via a licensing agreement with the NBCUniversal Brand Development Group.
 
“We are continuously grateful for every unique partnership that helps speed a cure for the estimated five million people worldwide who live with Parkinson’s disease,” says Debi Brooks, Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, The Michael J. Fox Foundation. “By connecting Back to the Future fans to our community, we do more to speed research toward a cure and move closer to a future without Parkinson’s.”
 
The custom-made and autographed Back to the Future 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine features:
·         Original Back to the Future artwork, custom designed to make this machine one-of-a-kind
·         Laser engraved plate autographed by the 3 cast members
·         Limited edition 1 of 1
·         LED buttons, Joystick and trackball
·         Orange Electroluminescent molding
·         Wizard World Logo on the front of the machine
 
“We are honored to partner with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and help raise money for such an incredible cause,” says John Maatta, Wizard World President & CEO. “We are also excited to share this unique experience with our fans in Chicago.”
 
The auction will begin at 11am PST on Saturday, August 20 at this link: http://www.ebay.com/rpp/bttf
 
Wizard World Chicago
Located at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson will join previously announced guests including Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), the cast of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Daredevil” including Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle/The Punisher), Elodie Yung (Elektra Natchios), and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), and more.
 
To purchase Admissions and VIP Admissions for the event, set for August 18-21, and to view the schedule, location, show hours, hotel & travel info, please visit: http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago
 
About The Michael J. Fox Foundation
As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers. In addition to funding more than $600 million in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure. Operating at the hub of worldwide Parkinson’s research, the Foundation forges groundbreaking collaborations with industry leaders, academic scientists and government research funders, increases the flow of participants into Parkinson’s disease clinical trials with its online tool, Fox Trial Finder, promotes Parkinson’s awareness through high-profile advocacy, events and outreach, and coordinates the grassroots involvement of thousands of Team Fox members around the world.
https://www.michaeljfox.org/
 
About Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched the Wizard World Store, CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.
 
Wizard World 2016 schedule available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html
 
About VPcabs
VPcabs offers the most advanced pinball machines on the market today. With VPcabs you can play hundreds of pinball and arcade games on one amazing machine! Featuring the amazing Pinball FX2 games from Zen Studios. We have a dedicated manufacturing facility in Cincinnati Ohio. Unlike any other machines on the market, we stand alone in quality of construction and have the best customer service in the industry. https://virtualpinball.com/
 
About eBay for Charity
eBay for Charity is a platform that enables members of the eBay community to donate to causes in the U.S. and abroad. Sellers can donate anywhere between 10-100 percent of the proceeds and buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. To date, more than $650 million dollars have been raised on eBay for Charity. For more information, visit www.ebay.com/charity.
 
About the Back to the Future™ Franchise
From the Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future is the original, groundbreaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies ever!   Starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, the phenomenally popular Back to the Future films literally changed the future of the adventure movie genre. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an unrivaled adventure that stands the test of time. Back to the Future immerses you in all the breathtaking action, groundbreaking comedy and sheer movie-making magic of one of the most brilliantly inventive, wildly entertaining motion picture triumphs in Hollywood history! http://www.backtothefuture.com/
 
About NBCUniversal Brand Development
NBCUniversal Brand Development drives expansion of the company’s intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative products, kids and family content, and experiences globally.  Along with franchise brand management, NBCUniversal Brand Development includes three lines of business: NBCUniversal Consumer Products, Universal Kids & Family TV Productions, and NBCUniversal Games and Digital Products.  NBCUniversal Brand Development is a business segment of Universal Filmed Entertainment, and part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA).
 

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT! >>The ORIGINAL Shadows of Knight reunite for the night! (Arlington Heights, IL)



It's 12am! That means TONIGHT(August 20,2016) for the first time in 49 years Jimy Sohns, Jerry McGeorge, Hawk Wolinski, and Tom Schiffour will be taking the stage as the ORIGINAL Shadows of Knight. There are still a few tickets available. Get them while you still can!
 
The event is at: HOME: House of Music and Entertainment, Arlington Heights, IL (21 years and over venue)
 

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Visit us at theshadowsofknight.com for current events, announcements  and a look at the past...

Friday, August 19, 2016

SpinOff 2016 Schedule Announced (Chicago,IL)

 
 
FOURTH ANNUAL “SPINOFF” SHOWCASES CONTEMPORARY DANCE
 MADE IN THE MIDWEST OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 5
 
The free admission series features Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Stony Island Arts Bank, Links Hall and Chicago Park District parks
 
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the lineup for SpinOff 2016 taking place October 28 – November 5. A celebration of contemporary dance created by emerging and established artists from the Midwest, SpinOff will feature Chicago and world premieres, as well as a night of works-in-progress and a special creative workshop. All programs are FREE and take place in multiple locations including the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S. Stony Island Ave.), Links Hall (3111 N. Western Ave.) as well as three Chicago Park District parks. Please contact specific venues for accessibility information and reservations.
 
SPINOFF 2016 SCHEDULE
 
closer (solo) by BodyCartography Project
October 28, 1–4 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., (312) 744-6630
October 29, 1–4 p.m., La Villita Park, 2800 S. Sacramento Ave., (312) 745-4801
October 30, 1–4 p.m., Veterans’ Memorial Park, 2820 E. 98th St., (312) 747-6812
November 5, 1–4 p.m., Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., (312) 742-7785
Minneapolis-based BodyCartography Project lays bare the power of physicality and presence in one-on-one dance performances – one dancer performs for an audience of one – in public settings throughout Chicago. Audience members can sign up for a performance slot on a walk-up basis. A dancer will then present a 30-minute personal performance, and together the meeting between performer and viewer generates the possibility for something new.
 
what the body knows by Barak adé Soleil
October 28 & 29, 7:30 p.m., Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave., (312) 857-5561
what the body knows is an in-depth project focused on the complex intersection and legacies of race and disability. Choreographed and performed by Chicago’s Barak adé Soleil with additional performance by dance artist Jerron Herman and live sound score by Sadie Woods, this new dance suite of solos and a duet deeply considers how we move and are moved by interwoven cultural legacies. adé Soleil seeks to offer distinct reflections of diverse bodies on the stage and in the world, uncovering nuances of bodies aged, evolved and impacted by life’s dynamic journey. This event will be fully accessible. Reservations and accessibility accommodation questions can be sent to whatthebodyknowsinfo@gmail.com.
 
Works-in-Progress by Ayako Kato/ART UNION HUMANSCAPE and MEGAN YOUNG | MEGLOUISE
October 28 & 29, 7 p.m., Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage, 201 E. Randolph St., (312) 742-1168
In this split bill, two artists present works-in-progress at a special evening on the closed-door stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. With the help of the audience, Ayako Kato performs bluefish part III –game/ritual-, a movement dialogue tracing the eroding, yet inseparable relationship between humans and nature. Megan Young | MegLouise considers the boundaries and binaries of intimate relationships in To Be Two, and immersive movement experience constructed by the audience with the performer. Reservations are not necessary for this event.
 
Megan Young | MegLouise received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
 
Colors by DEEPLY ROOTED PRODUCTIONS
November 4 – 5, 6:30 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St., (312) 744-6630
A new choreographic work by Joshua L. Ishmon with original composition and live music by Sam Trump, this urban collaboration of dance and music will revisit Chicago’s rich history through expressions of color. Curated by Kevin Iega Jeff, the artistic/producing director of Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Productions, this world premiere production incorporates diverse contemporary dance styles including footwork, and hip hop and includes the work of guest artists such as Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver. Reservations are not necessary for this event.
 
closer (group) by BodyCartography Project
November 4–5, 7 p.m., Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., (773) 281-0824
Building on the closer (solo) performances for one dancer and one audience, closer (group) multiplies into an expansive performance experience and dance party. Audience and performers meet in the playing space with a live DJ, allowing intimacy, empathy and new forms of engagement to unfold. Reservations are available at linkshall.org.
 
Workshop presented by YANIRA CASTRO
November 5, 10 a.m – 1 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio, (312) 744-6630
In a workshop themed “Making & Seeing,” Yanira Castro will work with  dance-makers and performers to move away from the lens of achieving an end/goal/ideal, but rather to investigate action and see the work for itself. This workshop is open to 25 artists at any level. Reservations can be made at departmentcase@gmail.com.
 
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.
 
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chicago Announces Public Art Billboards in OVERRIDE (Chicago,IL)

 

Labor Day Weekend 2016: Hotel Deals to Celebrate


Labor Day Weekend 2016: Hotel Deals to Celebrate
HotelPlanner.com Ranks Best Cities and Hotels for Affordable, Last Minute Labor Day Getaways
 
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (PRWEB) AUGUST 18, 2016
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but leisure travel is not ready to slow down just yet.
According to HotelPlanner.com, more people are traveling and booking hotels over the holiday weekend compared to last year thanks to lower gas prices, affordable lodging rates, and a strong U.S. dollar. Hotels are going fast as families and friends across the country gather to celebrate Labor Day and yet, there are still last-minute getaways to choose from in the most popular destinations before the last weekend of summer.
HotelPlanner ranked the cities with the highest number of reservations based on data pulled over the three-day weekend.
Although a large sum of travelers are still booking major city escapes (Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta), the most interesting find is a shift with holiday travelers trading in nationally known city destinations for secondary cities (Nashville, New Orleans, and Seattle). Overall, travelers are making their vacation days count more than ever.
This year’s top Labor Day destinations are:
1. Chicago                    
2. Orlando                    
3. Atlanta                    
4. Philadelphia                
5. New Orleans            
6. Houston                    
7. Nashville                
8. Seattle                
9. Las Vegas            
10. New York City    
Chicago made its way to the top of the list this year at #1 with an average nightly room rate of $152 over the three-day weekend.
Both Orlando and Atlanta moved down one spot, but are still in the top three. Orlando bookings lead with an average rate of $80 per night with Atlanta at an average rate of $103 per night. Las Vegas and New York City also round the top ten with new cities added to the list this year which include Houston, Nashville, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
Visitors booking these destinations can enjoy a combination of weekend activities ranging from food and music festivals, fireworks, light displays, and sporting events. This also includes the availability of attractive hotel rates in the downtown area or near an international airport.
Popular Labor Day Weekend activities with moderate to high impact in each city: 
  • Chicago: 38th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival (Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park) and the North Coast Music Festival (Union Park)
  • Orlando: Disney On Ice presents “Follow Your Heart” (Amway Center)
  • Atlanta: Dragoncon 2016 Annual Convention and the Stone Mountain Park Lasershow and Fireworks
  • Philadelphia: 4th Annual Made In America Music Festival (Benjamin Franklin Parkway)
  • New Orleans: Louisiana Seafood Festival (New Orleans City Park) and Southern Decadence (French Quarter)
  • Houston: Labor Day at Waterway Square and the 2016 Advocare Texas Kickoff (Houston vs. Oklahoma)
  • Nashville: The InterNASHional Food Crawl (Plaza Mariachi) and Fireworks at Nashville Shores
  • Seattle: Bumbershoot, 46th Annual Music & Arts Festival (Seattle Center)
  • Las Vegas: 6th Annual Labor Day Getaway VIP in the Entertainment Capital and the Viva Vision Light Show at Fremont Street Experience
  • New York City: Electric Zoo Festival (Randall's Island Park), Riis Park Beach Bazaar, and The U.S. Open (Flushing Meadows-Corona Park)
Recommended hotels deals through HotelPlanner.com include:
Chicago, IL 
  • Travelodge Hotel Downtown, a 2-star hotel starting at $135, Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown - The Loop, a 3-star hotel starting at $164, and the Kimpton Burnham Hotel, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $177
Orlando, FL 
  • Red Roof Inn Orlando South - Florida Mall, a 2-star hotel starting at $68, Wingate By Wyndham - Orlando International Airport, 3-star hotel starting at $89, and Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel By Marriott, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $101
Atlanta, GA 
  • Extended Stay America Atlanta - Clairmont, a 2-star hotel starting at $96, Homewood Suites By Hilton Atlanta/Perimeter Center, 3-star hotel starting at $169, and Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter At Villa Christina, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $189
Philadelphia, PA 
  • Hampton Inn Philadelphia-International Airport, a 2-star hotel starting at $159, Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia City Center, 3-star hotel starting at $184, and the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $234
New Orleans, LA 
  • Super 8 New Orleans, a 2-star hotel starting at $87, Springhill Suites By Marriott New Orleans Downtown, a 3-star hotel starting at $133, and the Intercontinental New Orleans, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $144
Houston, TX 
  • Howard Johnson Express Inn - Houston Downtown, a 2-star hotel starting at $84, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Houston-Downtown Conv Ctr, 3-star hotel starting at $105, and Hyatt Regency Houston, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $132
Nashville, TN 
  • Red Roof Plus+ Nashville Airport, a 2-star hotel starting at $82, Four Points By Sheraton Nashville Airport, 3-star hotel starting at $139, and the Marriott Nashville Airport, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $152
Seattle, WA 
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Seattle, a 2-star hotel starting at $148, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites North Seattle – Shoreline, a 3-star hotel starting at $212, and Hotel Deca - A Noble House Hotel, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $228
Las Vegas, NV 
  • Candlewood Suites Las Vegas, a 2-star hotel starting at $85, La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport South, 3-star hotel starting at $106, and the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $122
New York City, NY 
  • Hotel 31, a 2-star hotel starting at $140, Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel, 3-star hotel starting at $198, and Andaz Wall Street, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $206
About HotelPlanner
HotelPlanner.com provides group hotel booking services to 3,000 groups per day in the global group travel market. The company’s group hotel booking service ensures the lowest rates by allowing customers to receive quotes online directly from hotel group sales managers. HotelPlanner allows customers to book hotels for business meetings, conferences, conventions, family reunions, weddings, extended stays, tours, military reunions, church events, and group travels. The company also provides mobile applications for booking group hotel reservations. The company owns and operates Meetings.com, a site that provides information, planning and booking services for group, meeting, and individual hotel stays for the corporate, associations and business to business enterprises. With a mission statement geared towards, “Bringing People Together,” HotelPlanner & Meetings.com are the global experts for hotel sourcing, providing direct clients and market leading affiliates with unmatched group and event discounted room rates plus localized service levels not available at other travel companies. Founded in 2002, the company has offices in London, England (European Headquarters), Hong Kong (Asian Headquarters), West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), and Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
 

BLOODSHOT starring Simon Slater at the Greenhouse Theater Center is a must see! (Chicago,IL)

 CHICAGO: August 16,2016: After party for BLOODSHOT at Lion Head Pub post Greenhouse Theater performance   L to R: Douglas Post, playwright,  Patrick Sanford, director, Simon Slater, actor, musician, magician, Jacob Harvey, Greenhouse artistic director, Wendy and Bill Spatz, producers. © Linda Matlow/PIXINTL
Last night my friend and I saw "Bloodshot" at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave.)in Chicago Illinois.This was my second time I had been to this intimate, friendly Lincoln Park venue and and catching this performance was one of the best theatre presentations I've seen in years. And it wasn't that this was someone playing a photographer and interacting with an old film Leica like I once owned,but this was a totally engaging performance with no one in the audience glancing at their phone or restless in their seat.
It takes a lot of 'something special' to break the social media habit!


"Bloodshot" stars internationally acclaimed multi-talented British actor Simon Slater that put so much into this one man performance the stage felt like a whole cast was interacting.Yes,he's that good and so is this script written by award winning Chicago playwright Douglas Post and directed by Patrick Sandford.

 The one-man murder mystery “Bloodshot” tells the story of Derek Eveleigh as he is hired by an anonymous client to follow a mysterious showgirl in the streets of London. After witnessing the woman’s murder by an unknown assailant, he begins an investigation through the bowels and backstreets of London where he finds himself falling in love with a dead woman he’s never even met.

Post was commissioned by Slater to write a play  to showcase his diverse talents as a singer, actor, magician and musician (equally adept on multiple instruments,) and the product of their partnership was “Bloodshot,” one of the only solo thriller plays written. Charles Spencer of the The Telegraph praised the play, saying “the ingenious writing of Douglas Post … has so cleverly reinvented the possibilities of the stage thriller.” Spencer called the show “a thriller that genuinely holds the spectator in its thrall.” Touring in England and throughout Europe, “Bloodshot” has amazed, thrilled and rattled audiences since 2011.



Post was commissioned by Slater to write a play  to showcase his diverse talents as a singer, actor, magician and musician (equally adept on multiple instruments,) and the product of their partnership was “Bloodshot,” one of the only solo thriller plays written. Charles Spencer of the The Telegraph praised the play, saying “the ingenious writing of Douglas Post … has so cleverly reinvented the possibilities of the stage thriller.” Spencer called the show “a thriller that genuinely holds the spectator in its thrall.” Touring in England and throughout Europe, “Bloodshot” has amazed, thrilled and rattled audiences since 2011.



“In curating the Solo Celebration series, we were searching for plays that not only celebrated the form but redefined what it could do. Douglas Post has done all of that and more with his one-man thriller,” says Jacob Harvey, Artistic Director. “We are honored to host the premiere of the international efforts of a local playwright, and are thrilled that it brings acclaimed artists Simon Slater and Patrick Sandford to our city.”
  



The running time is approximately 2 hours with a short intermission.

Bloodshot runs from Aug. 10 – Sept. 10 as part of Greenhouse’s “Solo Celebration!” 
 

Lincoln Park has a lot to offer.Unlike downtown which closes up before a show lets out at say the Chicago Theatre or The Goodman,Lincoln Avenue has several choices in either direction. Last night the Bloodshot after party was next door at the Lion Head Pub.A large comfy pub with everything at the bar and good food.

For upcoming shows at the Greenhouse Theater Center ,check out their website at: http://www.greenhousetheater.org/
 





 


 

 Bios and info: 

Simon Slater is an award-winning composer of more than 200 original scores for theater, film, television and radio. As an actor he is a familiar face on British television, as well as having appeared in films and many critically-acclaimed theater productions in London and abroad. Recently, Slater’s theater credits include “Chariots Of Fire,” “Wonderland,” “Bloodshot” (St James' Theatre London, Vertigo Theatre Calgary), “Viva Forever,” and “Mamma Mia!” Slater was nominated for a Betty award in the category of “best performance in a drama” for his role in “Bloodshot.” Slater’s film appearances include “The Iron Lady,” “Dealers,” “The Fool,” and the award winning short film “Detour.” Most recently he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his music for “Constellations,” “Great Expectations,” “Raving,” “The Lady and the Van” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

Douglas Post is a Chicago-based award winning playwright. Post has written works including “Cynical Weathers,” “Blissfield,” “Drowning Sorrows,” “Earth and Sky” and “Murder in Green Meadows.” Post has also written several musicals, which include “God and Country,” “The Real Life Story of Johnny de Facto” and “The Wind in the Willows.” His work have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Canada, England, Wales, Germany, Austria, Russia and China. He has also been commissioned to write screenplays for Warner Bros. and NBC, teleplays for WMAQ­TV, and several radio adaptations of his scripts. On three occasions, he has been selected to develop his work at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and once at the O'Neill National Music Theater Conference. He has received the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Award, the Midwestern Playwrights Festival Award, the Cunningham Commission Award, the Blue Ink Playwriting Award and three Playwriting Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council and has been nominated for a Jeff Award and an Emmy Award.

Patrick Sandford is a British producer, director and artistic director. Sandford won the UK Theatre Managers Association award for Best Director for “The Winter Wife,” a play by Claire Tomalin, and for Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing.” He has worked extensively across the UK and in London, both in the West End and on the Fringe. His recent work includes “Bully Boy,” a new play by Sandi Toksvig. His production of Chekov's “Three Sisters” was nominated Best Touring Production. He directed A “Midsummer Night's Dream” in Capetown shortly after the ending of Apartheid, “Oedipus Rex” in the ancient outdoor amphitheater in Paphos, Cyprus, and “Twelfth Night,” in French at the Theatre des 2 Rives in Rouen, France.
About Solo Celebration!
 
“Bloodshot” is one of 12 plays featured in Greenhouse’s “Solo Celebration!,” which includes ten full productions, two limited engagements and other special events running June 2016 through February 2017. Among the other directors connected to solo series are Goodman Theatre Producer and Artistic Collective Member Steve Scott, Writer’s Theatre Resident Director Kimberly Senior, Directors Lab Chicago Artistic Director Elizabeth Margolius and Remy Bumppo Artistic Associate Linda Gillum. Some of the performers confirmed to star in solo works include Jeff Award-winners Kate Buddeke, Gene Weygandt, Linda Reiter acclaimed British actor Simon Slater, Will Allan and Carin Silkaitis. Most productions will be produced in their entirety by Greenhouse, while other plays will be stated with co-producers including Sideshow Theatre Company and The Other Theatre Company. Greenhouse’s “Solo Celebration!” is co-produced by Forum Productions and underwritten by the Wendy and William Spatz Charitable Foundation.
 
About the Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
The Greenhouse Theater Center is a nonprofit performance venue located at 2257 N Lincoln Ave, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Our complex offers two newly remodeled 190-seat main stage spaces, two 60-seat studio theaters, an in-house rehearsal room, and Chicago’s only dedicated used theatre book store.

Our mission at the Greenhouse is first and foremost to grow local theatre. We strive to cultivate a fertile environment for local artists, from individual renters to our bevy of resident companies, to develop and produce their work. In 2014 alone, The Greenhouse Theater Center provided space for almost 1,000 ticketed performances, serving more than 54,000 patrons. Among these events were at least 30 productions by our resident companies, including the celebrated American Blues Theater and Remy Bumpo Theatre Company. Through our Trellis Program, we offer the community affordable access to our work by housing Chicago’s only dedicated used theatre bookstore, located on the second floor of our complex, as well as offering a free reading series each Tuesday night where local artists workshop their latest scripts. Additionally, we also continue to play an active role in cultivating and nurturing our community through continued partnerships with the League of Chicago Theaters and local Chambers of Commerce.
 
As of 2016, the Greenhouse Theater Center embraced the true spirit of growth and launched its producing entity. With the announcement of our 8 month long Solo Celebration Series, helmed by Artistic Director Jacob Harvey, we will produce 12 solo plays from June 2016 to February 2017. Through this inaugural effort, we hope to expand the solo play cannon while also cultivating a larger conversation about the possibilities of the one-person play.
 
With new ideas always incubating, the Greenhouse Theater Center is flourishing.
 
  


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