Thursday, March 22, 2018

Removing the Pretention and Finding the Truth In "Cyrano"

Somewhere in the midst of an incoherent ramble, I stopped talking. I had nothing left to say and everything left to say. I was tongue-tied and tired, and four weeks into rehearsing Cyrano for BoHo Theatre, the largest show I had ever directed.

My ramble came courtesy of a question that was asked of me by BoHo Marketing Director Charles Riffenburg during an interview that was (supposed) to be used for marketing purposes. (Look for it on the DVD extras!) Chuck’s question dealt with the amount of theatre being produced in Chicago and wondered, with all the choices that the Chicago theatergoing public had, why someone should come and see Cyrano.

I immediately dug into a word salad full of themes and platitudes about the importance of Chicago Theatre, it’s aesthetic and how this adaptation of Cyrano seemed to be tailor-made for Chicago (9 actors, playing 20 roles over the span of 15 years). I had just finished reading Richard Christiansen’s fantastic book on the history of Chicago Theatre, A Theatre Of Our Own: A History and Memoir of 1001 Nights In Chicago and I was all hopped up on the idea of Chicago Theatre and what that idea represented: honesty, passion, scrappiness, innovation, intelligence. Cyrano has all these traits, so why not make Cyrano a direct reflection of what it means to make theatre in this city! I was going to honor BoHo and Chicago and all those that came before me. With this production of Cyrano, I was going to honor my idea of Chicago Theatre!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Join Our Board and Become Part of BoHo's Future

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Have you always wanted to an integral part of a growing arts organization? Well BoHo Theatre needs you.

We are currently on the hunt for enthusiastic and skilled people to join our Board of Directors. The Board of Directors supports the work of BoHo and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance, partnering with the Company Directors to achieve their goals. The core duties of board member are creating, leading, and/or actively participating in key strategic initiatives to drive the organization forward.

Board candidates must possess a willingness to actively participate in these strategic initiatives, bring a personal and/or professional network to introduce to BoHo, have strong business acumen, and thrive in a family oriented, highly collaborative environment.

BoHo Theatre is now beginning its 14th season. The Company is unique in the Chicago area producing a mix of genres and is recognized for its strong artistic network and ability to recruit a high caliber of talent to its productions. Beloved by audiences and critics alike, BoHo has received over 80 Jeff nominations and rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago sun-Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Looking ahead, our strategic plan calls for investing in production quality, producing larger shows, continuing to grow the strong fundraising infrastructure, strengthening awareness and outreach, ensuring a sustainable organizational structure, and preparing the company to transition to a larger home theatre.

To discuss how you can help steward BoHo into the future or for more information, please contact:

Sara Coffou,
Board President
OR Meg Love,
Executive Director

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