Planning its eighth season -- its second as an Equity company -- vital and energetic Shakespeare in the Rough has been denied money by the Ontario Arts Council. But the group plans to go ahead with its July production of Measure For Measure with a little help from its friends. The company solicits donations from supportive audience members, who get tax receipts for anything over $30. Send cheques to Shakespeare in the Rough, 26 Churchill Avenue, Toronto M6J 2B4, or fax Visa or Mastercard donations with relevant info to 416-946-9295.
When one Drawer Boy closes, another opens. That's the case with Michael Healey's play, which almost made it to New York after a commercially successful run at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.Healey says the fact that the Big Apple bowed out (apparently, the mixed Chicago reviews were the deciding factor) allows Washington and Buffalo to mount the show.
As well, the artistic director of the English Theatre of Vienna caught the Chicago production and slotted the show for September. The catch? Rehearsals are in London in August, vacation season, so Healey -- not a hugely experienced director -- has been asked to direct.
As if that weren't enough, next spring Healey, who's currently in Antigone (see story, this page), directs an Australian production and tour.
Meanwhile, Steppenwolf's film arm has optioned the rights. What do they say about New York? If you can't make it there, you can make it just about everywhere else.
JACK'S LAAST JILL
Improv and murder make unusual bedfellows in Millers Court, whose central figure is Mary Jane Kelly, the final victim of Jack the Ripper."I wanted to write a play about her, and then I was involved in an improv production with Schmigeggy's Adam Lazarus," says playwright and performer Roxanne Deans, whose Red Letter Theatre (Fringe hit Lear's Daughters) co-produces with Schmigeggy.
"Adam directs the show, with the actors contributing improvised and researched material that I shaped and focused to give the script a common voice."
The show opens Tuesday (June 19) at Nightwood (9 St. Nicholas, sixth floor). 416-837-2001.