An Update on the New Arts & Leisure Division

February 23, 2010

Thanks to Lewis Lazare, Chicago Sun-Times marketing columnist, for blogging about my recent move to LCWA to start the Arts & Leisure division. Click here to read his coverage.

I am happy to report that the division is definitely up and running! We are currently promoting the grand opening of the new Theater Wit, Chicago’s newest live theater venue. Now in the final phase of construction in the former Bailiwick Arts Centre, at 1229 W. Belmont Avenue, the new Theater Wit will be a sleek, new three-theater performance space, and a fresh destination for arts and culture in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Theater Wit’s inaugural production in this new space will be Spin, a smart, modern-day comedy about marketing and celebrity by Chicago playwright Penny Penniston. It’s right up our alley, so mark your calendar fellow marketers — previews start April 16, and opening night is April 21.

I’m also excited to represent Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances series in June. This follows a successful partnership with the group for its Fall Concerts, which boasted the premiere of Ann Reinking’s Fosse Trilogy. That show sold out both the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Another show on the horizon is the Chicago premiere of Lonnie Carter’s The Lost Boys of Sudan, March 19-April 25 at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times recently called Lonnie “part James Joyce, part John Coltrane, part Diddy.” She sure nailed that. We’re all looking forward to seeing what director Jim Corti and a fantastic cast and crew do with Lonnie’s uplifting new play about three teens’ extraordinary passage from Sudan’s Dinka tribe to, of all places, Fargo, North Dakota.

There is plenty to choose from on Chicago’s arts and leisure front this spring. For more information about the exciting performances on tap for these LCWA clients, check out their sites.