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Alumni and Students Gain Experience with Chicago Theatre Company

Alumni and Students Gain Experience with Chicago Theatre Company

Knox alumni and current students are part of the production team of a Chicago theatrical production recently recommended for a Joseph Jefferson Award, which Director Elizabeth Carlin Metz calls 'the Chicago version of the Tony awards.'
April 20, 2018
‘Learning Plays’ straddles the line between real and surreal

‘Learning Plays’ straddles the line between real and surreal

After the Knox Theatre Department decided to cancel its mainstage production of “The Good Person of Szechwan” over concerns voiced by students, Professor of Theatre Neil Blackadder was still determined to produce a Bertolt Brecht play. Blackadder was drawn to the ensemble aspect and minimalism of “Learning Plays.” With the last minute cancellation of “Good Person,” the department sought a show that could be designed in a short amount of time while still doing it justice.
February 21, 2018
Knox Theatre Presents Brecht's Experimental "Learning Plays"

Knox Theatre Presents Brecht's Experimental "Learning Plays"

Knox College Theatre presents "The Learning Plays" by Bertolt Brecht, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 24, in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and Knox College alumni, free to all students with school ID, and free to Knox College students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance or by advanced reservation at 309-341-7472...
February 20, 2018
Theatre continues Brecht plays discussion

Theatre continues Brecht plays discussion

Last week, the Theatre Department brought in Stefan Brun, an experienced Chicago theatre director and expert on playwright Bertolt Brecht to have a discussion on how Brecht’s work should be approached. Brecht has been a recent focus of the department with the upcoming “Learning Plays,” a main stage production of many of Brecht’s shorter works, which replaced the cancelled production of his play “The Good Person of Szechwan.”
February 14, 2018
Knox College Cancels Brecht Play

Knox College Cancels Brecht Play

Knox College in Illinois is standing behind its decision to cancel the production of a Bertolt Brecht play in response to student outrage over the drama's representation of women and Asian culture.
November 14, 2017
Calling Off a Classic

Calling Off a Classic

Knox College in Illinois this week canceled a planned production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, based on student protests that it is racially insensitive. But unlike some faculty members involved in parallel controversies elsewhere, theater professors at Knox blame themselves for not properly framing the play for students, rather than students for being unwilling to deal with uncomfortable speech and ideas.
November 10, 2017
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