CONVERSATIONS with Ed Tracy

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BURNHAM'S DREAM - THE WHITE CITY

Chicago playwright and documentary filmmaker June Finfer who has been collaborating on the music and lyrics with Elizabeth Doyle, a prominent Chicago vocalist, pianist, composer and musical director join the conversation to talk about the development process behind the musical, what they have learned about the Burnham legacy and how this very Chicago story will translate to the musical stage.

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A MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE

Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember those individuals who have fought and died for the freedoms we so often as a nation take for granted. It is also a time to honor their loved ones who know all too well the sadness that loss on such a great emotional scale brings.

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RISHI SHARMA: Preserving World War II Combat Stories, One Veteran at a Time

Rishi Sharma has logged a lot of hours on the road in recent years, connecting, meeting and filming interviews with combat veterans who served in World War II. To date, he has amassed a comprehensive archive of over 850 interviews – easily over 4,500 total hours and counting — all part of his ambitious plan to honor America’s World War II heroes and preserve their stories for generations to come.

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DE USURIS

New shows continue to roll out this week in Chicago, among them: The Originalist at Court, Having Our Say at Goodman, Buried Child at Writers and just around the corner, 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at Lookingglass. 

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TONY MACALUSO - THE STUDS TERKEL RADIO ARCHIVE

Remember May 16, 2018. That will be the day that fans of the spoken word have two things to celebrate. The first is to honor what would have been Studs Terkel’s 106th birthday. The second is the public launch of a new online project that has been years in the making – The Studs Terkel Radio Archive. There is a preview of things to come in our CONVERSATION with WFMT Radio Network Director Tony Macaluso which includes clips from a 1960 interview between Studs and silent film legend Buster Keaton.

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DE USURIS

With spring finally showing signs of peeking through, we are pleased to announce some updates to the DE USURIS blog and a new feature page on the website - THE LIST - which will be an ever-evolving short source for performances and events of interest which is what "DE USURIS" is all about. There are also improvements to the podcast archive, including an updated search function, and all of our podcasts are available for free download on iTunes, Stitcher and Libsyn.  

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PLAYING IN 'THE YARD' - Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Few things are more rewarding than spending time with students who are discovering something for the first time. On a brisk day in March, the topic was Shakespeare: a crisp, shortened version of Midsummer Night’s Dream, in fact, with formidable Chicago talent presented by Chicago Shakespeare Theater in the glorious new versatile performance space known as 'The Yard.' 

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