Theatre Person of the Month: Delia Kropp

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“I was kind of upset. You could tell there was not a transgender person within twenty yards of the rehearsal room” Delia Kropp, one of Chicago’s preeminent transgender actors and advocates, is speaking of theatres trying to tell trans stories without actually consulting trans people. “What the directors usually say is ‘I have a friend […]

Harmony France and Firebrand Theatre Are Out to Make a Change

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A firebrand is, according to google.com’s dictionary, a person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action. Dictionary.com goes further, adding “agitator” and “troublemaker” to the definition. Somehow I don’t think that any of these would be offensive to Harmony France, co-founder and Artistic Director of Firebrand Theatre, Chicago’s only Equity […]

Paramount Theatre Slices Up the Competition in 49th Jeff Awards

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Chicago theatre celebrated its finest last night at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, as the 49th Annual Equity Jeff Awards presentation rewarded a wide variety of achievements. There was no doubt whatsoever, though, as to who the big winner was for the evening: Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, which took home a grand total of eight awards (twice […]