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Encyclopedia > Organic Theater Company

Organic Theater Company, a Chicago theatre, was founded in the 1970s by artistic director Stuart Gordon. The theater company was incorporated in 1972. Some productions were taken on the road, touring to New York City venues such as The Performing Garage, The Public Theater, and The Ambassador Theatre. Not to be confused with the Chicago Theatre, aka Chicago Theater, built in 1921, a theater at 175 North State Street Chicago theatre refers not only to theatre performed in Chicago, Illinois but also to the movement in that town that saw a number of small, meagerly-funded companies grow... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... // Biography Stuart Gordon (born August 11, 1947) in Chicago, Illinois) is a director, writer and producer of films. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Public Theater is a New York City arts organization. ...


Productions

Notable productions during founding artistic director Stuart Gordon's leadership included: // Biography Stuart Gordon (born August 11, 1947) in Chicago, Illinois) is a director, writer and producer of films. ...


- "Warp," by Stuart Gordon and Bury St. Edmund, an original science-fiction epic adventure in three parts // Biography Stuart Gordon (born August 11, 1947) in Chicago, Illinois) is a director, writer and producer of films. ...


- "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" by David Mamet, world premiere production David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American playwright, screenwriter, director, poet, essayist and novelist. ...


- "Cops" by Terry Curtis Fox, starring Dennis Franz and Joe Mantegna Dennis Franz (born Dennis Franz Schlacta, October 28, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is a German-American actor best known for his roles as Andy Sipowicz, a gritty police detective in the television series NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues and Beverly Hills Buntz. ... Joe Mantegna as Detective Will Girardi in Joan of Arcadia Joe Mantegnas character, Fat Tony in The Simpsons Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr. ...


- "Bleacher Bums" concept by Joe Mantegna, (there was also production for WTTW television that aired in 1979) Joe Mantegna as Detective Will Girardi in Joan of Arcadia Joe Mantegnas character, Fat Tony in The Simpsons Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr. ... WTTW (Channel 11) is one of three PBS member stations serving the Chicago, Illinois market; the others are WYCC and WYIN. WTTW began broadcasting on March 5, 1955 and is owned and operated by Window to the World Communications Inc. ...


- “E/R Emergency Room” conceived and written by the Organics under the supervision of Dr. Ronald Berman



After “E/R Emergency Room,” Stuart Gordon went to the west coast to make his cult classic sci-fi film “The Re-Animator.” Artistic directors after Stuart Gordon included Thomas Riccio and Richard Fire. In 1996 Organic Theater Company and Touchstone Theatre merged under the leadership of Touchstone’s artistic director Ina Marlowe. (For two years the organization did business as Organic Touchstone but is now known again as Organic Theater Company.) // Biography Stuart Gordon (born August 11, 1947) in Chicago, Illinois) is a director, writer and producer of films. ... THOMAS RICCIO is a Professor of Performance Studies and Artistic Director of Story Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas [1]. Previous positions include Professor of Theatre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks[2], Artistic Director of Chicagos Organic Theater Company [3] and the Dramaturg/Resident Director at...



Notable productions during artistic director Ina Marlowe’s leadership included:


- “The Steward of Christendom” by Sebastian Barry, director Ina Marlowe worked closely with Irish playwright Sebastian Barry on this Midwest premiere Sebastian Barry (born 1955 in Dublin) is an Irish playwright and novelist. ...


- “An American Daughter” by Wendy Wasserstein, director Ina Marlowe worked closely with playwright Wendy Wasserstein (including significant rewrites) on this Midwest premiere Wendy Wasserstein (October 18, 1950 – January 30, 2006) was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. ...


- “Belfry” by Billy Roche, director Ina Marlowe worked closely with Irish playwright Billy Roche on this American premiere (of both the play and the playwright’s work) This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


- “The Last Seder” by Jennifer Maisel, 2001 Kennedy Center Award for New Plays, World premiere The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ...


- “The Lady from Dubuque” by Edward Albee, director Ina Marlowe worked closely with Edward Albee on this Chicago premiere Edward Albee, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1961 Edward Franklin Albee III (born March 12, 1928) is an American playwright known for works including Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Zoo Story, and The Sandbox. ...


Venues

Over the years, Organic Theater Company venues have included: 3319 North Clark Street, Chicago 2851 North Halstead Street, Chicago Loyola University’s Kathleen Mullady Theatre, Chicago


Ina Marlowe passed the torch to artistic director Alexander Gelman at the beginning of 2006. Gelman’s Organic Theater Company is now a company of actors touring with a rotating repertory.


External link

  • Official website

 
 

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