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We’ll be holding auditions for this summer’s Austen in Elgin season on Sunday, January 29,  starting at 2:00 pm at the Elgin Art Showcase, located on the 8th floor at 164 Division Street in downtown Elgin.

Jane Austen is coming to Elgin

You can use mapquest for directions and the location. It is located 30 miles west of Chicago.

We’re looking to cast Pride & Prejudice, directed by Marge Uhlarik, and Sense & Sensibility, directed by Terry Domschke. Both plays are adapted from the original stories written by Jane Austen. The productions will begin rehearsals in May and run June 29-July 22.

We’re seeking men and women to cast both productions. All parts are open.

Appointments for auditions are by email only. Please contact us at to request an audition time. A headshot and resume is welcome but not required. We’ll be conducting readings from the script. There is pay.

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Summer Rep 2011 coming in August

Janus Theatre presents its first Summer Rep 2011 series featuring…

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. The Summer Rep 2011 series will open August 4 and run through August 28 and is sponsored in part by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the Palmer Foundation.

Both plays will be presented in rotating repertory, featuring The Importance of Being Earnest on August 4,5,6,7,18,20,26,28 and Twelfth Night on August 11,12,13,14,19,21,25,27 at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, on the eighth floor of the Professional Building.

These two classic comedies get new, intimate productions for this summer’s theatrical season. We’ve produced many classical plays in the last few years and what we learned was that the Elgin Art Showcase adds a great deal of understanding and fun to the works of Shakespeare and other classic writers.

Presenting The Importance of Being Earnest and Twelfth Night in rotating repertory was a natural fit considering both plays deal with mistaken identity that leads to some exciting comedy. For many years, we wanted to see how two plays being performed on alternating nights might complement each other. With these two plays, the characters and the language are wonderful – it should be an excellent series.

The Importance of Being Earnest features Dennis Edwards (West Chicago) as Jack, Corey Noble (Chicago), Lucy Zukaitis (Chicago) as Gwendolen, Jocelyn Adamski (Oak Park) as Cecily, Brain  Rabinowitz (Oak Park) as Lady Bracknell, Patricia True (Chicago) as Miss Prism, Brad Davdison (Mount Prospect). The production will be directed by Terry Domschke (Elgin), stage-managed by Kate Collins (Elgin) with light design by Kelly Herz (Wayne).

Twelfth Night features Ross Frawley (Elgin) as Orsino, Liz Vanderhoof (Chicago) as Viola, Kathleen Donoghue (Chicago) as Oliva, Joe Hoover (Chicago) as Malvolio, Chris Bibby (Hoffman Estates) as Sir Toby, Justin Schaller (Hoffman Estates) as Sir Andrew, Sarafina Vecchio (Elgin) as Maria, Tyler Thompson (Elgin) as Feste, Luke Donia (St. Charles) as Fabian, Corey Noble (Chicago) as Sebastian, Brad Davidson (Mount Prospect) as Antonio, Stetson Cross (Elgin) as Sailor/company, Bradley Brankemper (Naperville) as Valentine/company. The production is directed by Sean Hargadon (Elgin), stage-managed by Kate Collins (Elgin) with light design by Kelly Herz (Wayne).

The Janus Theatre Summer Rep 2011 will be performed at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor of the Professional Building in downtown Elgin on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays 3pm. Tickets are $15 – paid by cash or check at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 847-841-1713. For more information, go to WWW.JANUSTHEATRE.WORDPRESS.COM. Look for Janus Theatre Summer Rep 2011 on Facebook.

Fresh Faces – Walkabout 2011

Walkabout is back again this year.  Janus Theatre will be taking part and bringing on some new faces.

This year’s Walkabout is different because one play – “Art” by Yasmina Reza – will be devided into three acts and then three separate theater companies will perform one act of the play at different downtown Elgin locations, like Villa Verone, Elgin Art Showcase and Ravenheart Cafe.
But what’s interesting about all of this would is that the actors will change from venue to venue, so while the characters will stay the same – Marc, Serge , Yvan – they’ll be played by different people. To further add interest, we decided to have the actors grow younger as the play progressed forward until its climatic comic conclusion.
Janus Theatre will be performing the first act at Villa Verone and feature Chris Bibby, Steve Macarus, and Brian Rabinowitz. For many, this will be a chance to see some new people perform with Janus.
Chris Bibby (Yvan) will be making his Janus debut and performed in last year’s Walkabout. He’s done some acting work throughout the are and is also a playwright and had a stage-reading of his play – Broken Glass – performed at the Elgin Art Showcase back in April.
Brian Rabinowitz (Marc) worked with Janus during the Elgin Short Play Festival and has been performing and directing for years. He brings quite a bit of experience to the play and saw the original production in London when it was first performed.
Steve Marcarus (Serge) has been with Janus since 2003 and has been a regular with the company throughout many productions, including the Brecht Review, Murdering Marlowe, Santaland Diaries and the list goes on. 
We’ve been in rehearals for a few weeks and what these guys bring to the work are layers. Yes, the play is funny. But they bring some real life to the performances, which is really what makes the whole experience interesting.
More on that later.

All In The Timing

Tomorrow night we open the second-annual Elgin Short Play Festival at the Elgin Art Showcase. Tech week as gone well and everyone is ready for an audience. Here’s a photo sample of some of the shows, courtesy of John Congram.

Kelly Bolton in The Universal Language


Luke Donia in A Singular Kinda Guy


The cast in Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread


Ann Marie Nordby in Speed The Play


Going From Dark To Light

This Thursday the Elgin Short Play Festival will begin its second year. In many ways it will be a departure from previous Janus productions.

This year we’re cracking a smile.  

You see, the last few seasons we’ve produced a steady diet of what some people might call “heavy drama” or plays that leave you feeling a bit cathartic. It started in 2009 when produced Oedipus Rex, Miss Julie, Romeo & Juliet and then continued in 2010 with Macbeth, The Guys, and the short plays of Theresa Rebeck. Sure Rebeck’s plays were funny, but they were also pretty dark.

So for 2011 the sun will be coming out – in full force. It starts with this week’s short comedies from David Ives – a master wordsmith, who loves to turn the world of a play upside down. 

Janus is no stranger to Ives. This is our third encounter with the master’s work. Every time we produce his plays, something new is discovered. And these plays are a perfect start to the summer season.

Following Mr. Ives, we’ll be producing our first summer rep series when we present two classic comedies in August – The Importance of Being Earnest and Twelfth Night. Good times. 

So you may be asking, why the change? Where’s the vengeance of Medea or the melancholy meanderings of Hamlet or the fiery defiance of Antigone?

Well, like any good meal, you need to have an appetizer before the main course. And frankly, the last few years have been nothing but large meals full of starch. I sure do love a wonderful Fettuccini Alfredo (with a side of crusty bread), but sometimes you just want some cheese and crackers and a glass of Sangria. Or maybe just the Sangria.

The Tempest Tour 2011

Now for something new – Janus Theatre and the Elgin Art Showcase will present a classic theatre tour.

Come spend Saturday, September 3, with us as we travel to beautiful Spring Green, Wisconsin, to see the stellar American Players Theatre present William Shakespeare’s classic story about magic, love and redemption—The Tempest.

…The Price is $90 and includes:
A scenic, air-conditioned motor coach trip
One very fine ticket to the outdoor production of “The Tempest”
A gourmet picnic box lunch and more

Reservations and payment must be received by June 1st
For more info, call 847-841-1713 to reserve your spot

About the Trip:
Our comfortable bus departs from the Elgin Art Showcase, located at
164 Division Street, Elgin at 10:30am on Saturday, September 3.
(Note: plenty of free parking is available in Elgin’s municipal parking lot located just one half block west from the Elgin Art Showcase.)

Our trip will take us through the picturesque rolling hills of southern Wisconsin. Arriving at our destination at approximately 1:30 pm, a gourmet picnic box lunch, catered by Middleton’s Hubbard Street Diner, will be awaiting us. Choose a table in a lovely picnic area spread out amidst the meadows and woods. After lunch, we take a delightful walk up the hill to a spectacular outdoor amphitheater to see the show. (Note: a van is available for those who don’t wish to walk).

About the Show:
The Tempest is a wonderful play for outdoor viewing. Renown as Shakespeare’s final work for the theatre, it’s a formidable mixture of comedy and tragedy replete with romance, revenge, supernatural events and reconciliation. At the conclusion of the show, our bus will be arriving back in Elgin around 9 p.m.

Back To School

Janus Theatre will be offering an acting workshop next month.

Led by Terry Domschke, How To Bring It To Rehearsal Every Time! will run on Saturday, April 16, 10am- 4pm at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, downtown Elgin. The fee is $45. Interested actors should call 847-682-9008 to reserve their spot. This is the first workshop presented by Janus Theatre in 2011.

The How To Bring It To Rehearsal Every Time! workshop is designed to help actors improve their efficiency and effectiveness during the rehearsal process. Waste less time; accomplish more. Topics to be covered include scene work, levels of conflict, immediacy on stage, using the text or script, the use of style, working scene partners on stage, and working with different directors. Actors are encouraged to wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable footwear.


Terry Domschke

Terry Domschke has been actively involved in theater throughout the Fox Valley and Chicagoland areas. He is a co-founder of Janus Theatre and currently serves as the Artistic Director Emeritus for the company. He’s the former Artistic Director for the Renaissance Repertory, Synquest Players and was the founder and director of the theater program at Elgin Community College for more than 25 years. Terry’s directed more than 150 productions throughout his career, including professional, community and educational theater. He’s studied acting and directing extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. And he’s had the opportunity to learn from and work with such distinguished directors as Michael Langhum (Guthrie Theatre), Tomas Mac Anna (Abbey Theatre), Jon Jory (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Kristen Linklater (Stratford Shakespeare festival) and Li Chun (Beijing Opera).

How To Bring It To Rehearsal Every Time! will be conducted at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street , 8th Floor of the Professional Building in downtown Elgin , on Saturday, April 16, 10am – 4pm.  The fee is $45 paid by cash or check. Spots can be reserved by calling Terry Domschke at 847-682-9008. For more information, go to WWW.JANUSTHEATRE.WORDPRESS.COM. Look for Janus Theatre Workshop with Terry Domschke on Facebook.