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Introducing Alcyone 13

  • Posted on: 31 July 2013
  • By: Tony

We’re gearing up for the Alcyone Festival again. This year is a little later in the year than last. It’ll open September 7th, instead of in mid-summer as we normally do.

I’m pretty excited to say we’ll be performing this year’s festival in Albany Park, which has been our home base for a while now, even though we’ve been doing most of our public performances in other parts of the city. With the new location, we took a little more time for planning.

Performances will be at Christ Lutheran Church, where we’ve been rehearsing for the past two years.  I also love that it’s where Albany Park Theatre Project started. They’re one of my favorite arts organizations in the country, so I’m happy to be performing where they began.

In addition to the new performance location, we’ve also made a lot of internal changes. Our organizational model is completely different, we’ve added awesome company members and the artists-in-residence program and  a lot of really exciting new programming that’s about to go out of the lab and into the world in the next year.

So with all that, it seemed a natural fit to have this year’s theme for the Alcyone festival be “A New Dawn, A New Day.”

This year’s lineup includes a pretty great mix of plays, from classical farce to new plays being developed in the festival.

The full lineup includes:

  • The Emperor of the Moon by Aphra Behn, directed by Jennifer Adams
  • Heart  Shaped Nebula by Marisela Treviño Orta, directed by Juan Castañeda
  • One Week in Spring by Kristiana Colón, directed by Tara Branham
  • The First Woman by Nambi E. Kelley, directed by Alexander St. John
  • MAY 39th by Callie Kimball, directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary

For me it’s also a great mix of people we’ve worked with for a long time, people we’ve wanted to work with for a long time and great artists we’ve meeting for the first time.

As we get closer to the festival, each of the plays and their processes will be talked about more here, but I’m really excited to be able to share these with you.


Things We Love: Mud Brick Spiral by Elín Hansdóttir

  • Posted on: 5 September 2012
  • By: Tony


Exterior installation made from traditional Berber mudbricks (earth, water & hay) in the village of Tassoultante, 14 km from Marrakech City. The structure was realised in collaboration with 8 local masons and craftsmen as well as Dar Al-Ma’mûn artist residency.

More pics here. Images from the making of the installation here.

(via VVORK)

Things We Love: Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library

  • Posted on: 4 September 2012
  • By: Tony

There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library.

More at WebUrbanist 

Video from Panel on Dreaming a New Theatre

  • Posted on: 28 August 2012
  • By: Tony

Video from Halcyon Theatre's panel discussion on "Dreaming a New Theatre," on Saturday, August 4, 2012. This free event was part of the Alcyone Festival 2012.

Panelists include: Danny Bernardo, Deb Clapp, Neal Dandade, Reginald Edmund, Minita Gandhi, Marc Pinate, and Elaine Romero