UNIVERSITY OF AKRON HAS FIRED ALL OF ITS THEATER FACULTY
According to Cleveland Critics Circle and Akron AKRON [Ohio]BEACON JOURNALEntertainment writer, Kerry Clawson, “At the end of last school year, the University of Akron theater program had two full-time faculty members and three staff members. Now it has none.”
James Slowiak and Robin Prichard, the two theater professors cut this week by the board of trustees, are now left wondering and worried about the future of those programs.
"My question is, who is taking responsibility for the curriculum and for making sure the classes get taught, and taught in the way they should be taught, and students are receiving what they need in terms of a theater major or minor?" Slowiak asked. "Who's supervising the students?"
Also cut from the program are staff members Irene Mack-Shafer, manager of costume design; Chris Hariasz, technical director; and Danny Durst, master carpenter and technical assistant.
That leaves UA with no theater faculty or staff and no part-time faculty hired yet for the fall, Slowiak said.
Slowiak said he was expecting 25 theater majors this fall, including 10 incoming freshmen. Those numbers come three years after a revamped theater program began that created new degree tracks in applied theater and social entrepreneurship, applied theater and business entrepreneurship, physical theater, and theater and film studies.
FIRE PRESENTS PARKING LOT CONCERTS
What? New 1 hour Outdoor Summer Concerts--TUSCAN SUN--Rustic Music from Baroque Italy
“DRIVE-IN” PARKING LOT CONCERTS
Bring a lawn chair and sit next to your car, if you wish! Please wear a mask.
$20/adult, $5 for youth under 18.
(Cars will be parked with 1 empty space between each car. If you sit in your lawn chair, please sit within the parking space next to your car.)
Where? First Baptist Church, SHAKER HEIGHTS, Saturday, August 22, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm and St. Noel Church, WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Sunday, August 23, 5:30pm and 7:15pm
TOUR TIMES SQUARE AND BEYOND
Take a virtual tour through the historical theaters of Times Square and beyond! Hosted by the owner of Broadway Up Close, Tim Dolan. (I have taken Tim’s tours and they are both educational and fun!)
Cost - $9.99 (which includes the tour and a pre-sent map so you can follow your journey)
BROADWAY BARES: ZOOM IN
At 9:30 pm Eastern on Saturday, August 1, BROADWAY BARES: ZOOM IN will be screened.
Watch full numbers never-before shared online, plus you'll see how Broadway's best make socially distanced dancing sexy.
The stream is free on TheaterMania, but you can save lives and support people affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses by donating throughout the evening.
Information and stream connection: https://mail.yahoo.com/d/folders/1/messages/105586?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9tYWlsLnlhaG9vLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAHlm3lUrK5J_Dh-vcJxj-oMRrQBimBWn-aGF_fXnQHVS2uiI0KawobLILD4YFznhSDfrwpTA9a8be9fDLCH-l9p16t5yXmU5t1xBcdy-2HWqpn4KWJBGrtVOn9QwG1054MA-UmJY
CURRENT AND UPCOMING FREE LIVE STREAMS OF STAGE PRODUCTIONS
July 31 – August 28
Kevin Kline, Kate Burton, Cobie Smuthers, and Kristine Nielsen star in the 2017 revival of Noël Coward’s comedy.
Through August 16
Justin Cunningham and Danyel Fulton star in the Transport Group's 2019 Off-Broadway staging of Ellen Fitzhugh, Harrison David Rivers, and Ted Shen's musical about a Black family grappling with decades of inequality, violence, and suppression in the South.
Through September 8
Lincoln Center's YouTube Channel
Kelli O’Hara and Nathan Gunn star in the New York Philharmonic’s 2013 production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The cast also includes Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton, John Cullum, Robert Fairchild, and Tiler Peck.
Much Ado About Nothing
Through September 12
Danielle Brooks, Grantham Coleman, Chuck Cooper star in the 2019 Public Theatre Shakespeare in the Park production.
RADIO ON THE LAKE THEATRE
Radio on the Lake Theatre, the only theater company in Northeast Ohio illuminating the art of the radio play, has announced a refreshed website, and two exciting upcoming performances with community partners.
Radio on the Lake's new website focuses on the company's dedication to the unique radio play art form, and features numerous audio performances of classic scripts from the golden age of radio, as well as seldom-heard suspense and science fiction gems, and new plays written by elementary and middle school students from the Shaker Heights school system in partnership with Story Forum.
The City is Our Stage - August 15 - ROTL will perform the "alien invasion" scene from the infamous Mercury Theatre classic War of the Worlds (for information and tickets, visit https://www.thecityisourstage.com/
Maltz Performing Arts Center - September 9 - ROTL will perform Double Indemnity as part of Live! Streamed @Silver Hall (for information, visit https://case.edu/maltzcenter/livestreamedatsilverhall
THINK YOU ARE A MUSICAL THEATER MAVEN?
Can you fill in the blanks in these songs from Broadway musicals?