“My hope was that there was going to be a certain interrogation of the whole legacy that surrounds the Jungle Book…that is apparently not the case.” -Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director at Silk Road Rising Theatre
With the arrival of a new Mary Zimmermanadaptation of The Jungle Book at the Goodman (a production which may head to NYC eventually) we ask how to adapt material that, while a cultural touchstone, exists in a history of oppression or uses dated racist imagery. Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising Jamil Khoury joined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss his essay critiquing the Goodman’s production.
Later, Dr. Coya Paz shares her insights on the issue as a theatre professional. Growing up, Coya absolutely loved watching West Side Story, but looking back, was able to see the problematic racial elements of the way the movie was staged.
“It’s Shakespeare, but it’s real and gritty…not what you’d expect from a Shakespeare play.”
The Goodman Theatre is currently showing Shakespeare’s dark comedy, Measure for Measure. Their adaptation is edgy, sexy, and full of dirty, dirty corruption.So exactly how many pearls will it make you clutch? Three teenagers (Judith, Kaia, and Maddie) from the Goodman Theatre’s Young Critics group share their thoughts.
Young Critics is a joint venture between the Goodman Theatre and the Association for Women Journalists. It introduces young women to theater criticism and the world of professional writing.
Barber Shop Show 112: It Gets Better? Teddy Ferrara & issues the play brings to life that young LGBT people often face.
Joining us at the shop: Adam Poss and Rashaad Hall, actors in the Goodman Theater’s production of Teddy Ferrara.
Also with us: Kim Hunt of Affinity (a South Side of Chicago based LGBT advocacy group, Shannon Sullivan of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, and Fresco Steez, a 21 year old LGBT youth advocate who’s been working with various organizations since she was 13.
On tomorrow’s Barber Shop Show, we’re joined by Adam Poss and Rashaad Hall (who play Drew and Nicky, respectively) in the Goodman Theatre’s production of Christopher Shinn’s “Teddy Ferrara”. They are pictured above.
The play was inspired by the life and death of gay Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. Clementi killed himself in 2010 after his roommate secretly taped him having sex with another man, and put the video online.
We’re also talking about real issues impacting LGBTQ youth, especially minority youth coming out on the South and West Sides. We’ll talk about their struggle for resources and recognition in their communities.
To that end, we’ll also be joined by Shannon Sullivan, Executive Director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. The Alliance’s mission is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities.
We will also be joined by Fresco Steez, a 21 year old LGBTQ advocate/activist who works with Affinity, a South Side LGBTQ advocacy organization.
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The new play at the Goodman is about a politically blended family: Dad was a figurehead of the Republican party, but the kids are bleeding hearts. And the daughter has written a memoir that exposes a family secret that would bring her parents political ruin. Actor John Hoogenakker and Lauren Blair of the theater’s Scenemakers Board join Molly and Brian to talk about the play and about getting young professionals involved in the theater scene.