- Jeffrey Marini
- He’s the good news.
Here’s the good news: the Chicago Park District announced today it has appointed playwright and 2014 People Issue person Ike Holter to curate the upcoming season at Theater on the Lake.
And the bad news: Theater on the Lake’s iconic home at Fullerton and Lakeshore Drive will remain shuttered for 2015. The plays will be presented, as they were last year, at “various park locations across the city,” according to the announcement.
Shows, schedule, and locations are TBA, this spring.
The building, along with the Park District’s established procedure of soliciting applications and selecting co- (that would be two) directors for each season, are in limbo, awaiting a renovation intended to make TOL “a year-round program and event facility.”
The last time we checked in on this process, the Park District was looking for applications from developers who would design, build, and operate a renovated theater/restaurant facility on the lakefront site. Deadlines came and went, but a park district spokesperson today was unable to provide any further information on the status of the project.
Holter, whose hit play Hit the Wall (a runaway success at the Steppenwolf Garage and off-Broadway) was part of the 2012 Theater on the Lake season, was voted Best Playwright by Reader readers that year.