Thursday, September 19, 2013

What's Joe-ing On?

I promise I will never, ever use that title ever again. Ever.


Staged Reading of selections from 
Seven Deadly Plays and Thensome 
Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 West North Avenue in Chicago. 
7PM. Free! 

This is from Quimby's website...

In Joe Janes’s new book Seven Deadly Plays, he assembles seven plays he wrote that are set in dangerous places in and around Chicago. All the plays were written in one week and then presented at Strawdog Theatre in the summer of 2012. The locations include a speedboat on Lake Michigan, an urban farm in Englewood, the abandoned Damen Silos, a haunted cemetery, a fun house, up in a big tree and Lower Wacker. The approach was similar to how many 24-Hour projects are constructed. Directors and casts were predetermined. Janes visited each site and then wrote a play that day which was submitted to the director and actors the following morning. The first group had six days to prep their play. The last group had the day of opening night to get ready. The result was a dynamic mix of comedy and drama in some very unusual settings.

Joe Janes is an Emmy award winning writer and former stand-up who teaches comedy writing at The Second City and Columbia College. He has written for Jellyvision's You Don't Know Jack and SNL's Weekend Update. He has written three books: 365 Sketches, 50 Plays and Seven Deadly Plays. His full-length plays include Metaluna and the Science of the Mind Revue, A Hard Day's Journey Into Night and Always Never. He writes regularly for WNEP Theatre and Robot vs Dinosaur. He has been a director for Second City for over ten years including directing the national touring company and Second City main stages in Las Vegas and Detroit.

"Silly, bizarre, violent, and provocative...the pieces showcase Janes's willingness to take risks of all kinds." - Chicago Reader on 50 Plays

The reading will feature Joe, Janes, Paige Saliba, Jill Olson, Derrick Gaetke, Ricky Staffieri, Ryan Hake, Jared Popkin, Natalie Danger O'Sullivan, Nat Topping, Rammel Chan and Stephanie Douglass

The book is now available at Quimby's or on-line at Lulu. It's only $10.



Six Directors. Eighteen Actors. One Distracted Writer.

It's like a 24-hour play festival with just one writer writing six 10-minute plays in one day in the lobby of a theatre. I'll write the plays at the bar (of course) of Stage773 on Saturday, October 19th. Feel free to stop by and distract me. On Sunday, the actors and directors get their scripts and work all day to put them up at 7:30pm. Nuts.

The directors include Stephanie Douglass, Katie Horwitz, Cassie Ahiers and Cody Spellman.

Tickets will be $10. They're not on sale yet. Will let you know. Strongly recommend they be purchased in advance on this one. 


"3 Plays. 3 Days. An Intense Writing Intensive with Joe Janes" returns! 

In three days, participants will learn how to write improvisationally, ultimately generating three ten-minute plays. Each student will have one of their plays performed in a staged reading on the third day by some of Chicago's finest actors. Some writing experience is recommended. Class size is limited to 7. $150 until 10/20/13; $175 after. REG DEADLINE IS 10/31/13.

PLEASE NOTE: Class times are Friday 11/8 from 6-9 pm; Saturday 11/9 from 12-6 pm, and Sunday 11/10 from 12-6 pm with the final showcase at 7:30 pm that evening. Tickets to the public reading are $5 and may be purchased at or at the door.

The workshop went so well, Gorilla Tango wanted to book another one right away. So, we did. Here's what some of the students from last time had to say...

"I was flat out terrified to take the class (and seriously considered skipping) but I am so glad that I did. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed working with everyone in the class. I think regardless of the level you're at, you will be able to participate in and take a lot away from the class. I would also say there is a lot more to the experience than just the writing, and it is an excellent experience." - Alexandra

"Every writer hoping to expand their skills should take Joe Jane's class. It will be impossible to become the next  Shakespeare or Williams without doing so." - Patrick

Hear that, next Shakespeare-wannabe? Better sign-up for this workshop. You can do that by clicking HERE.

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