Well, now that the dust has settled and we’ve celebrated 10 years and opened the space - it’s time to take care of our long overdue blog. Poor baby.
Hopefully we’ll have a shiny new post in the next day or so about all our new people! We just had auditions, saw over 150 people and narrowed it down to 7 delightful improvisers who will be gracing our stages very shortly.
Can’t wait to update you - and this blog. For now - we are pH, good night.
Big thanks to Andrew Alexander, Kelly Leonard and all of Second City for their support.
So we passed the paperwork phase! It was a lovely day down at City Hall and it couldn’t have been more smooth. They have given us an inspection date of September 11th. Eek! We are hoping this day becomes a positive day for us. At the end of that day we will know if we passed the inspections. And if we pass then we are good to…OPEN! We are very much looking forward to that.
We will be soft opening for a while and inviting friends, family and the community to come test-drive the theater for a bit before we fully launch. This opening coincides with our 10 year anniversary so we will surely be having a big party to celebrate both - so look for that.
We can release that our weekly schedule will look like this: Wednesday nights at 8 and 9:30, Thursdays at 8 and 10, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, 9:30 and Midnight. What will fill those slots is still a secret for now - but soon!
Today, Friday August 31 is the big day! We go to City Hall with all our mountains of paperwork, cross our fingers, hope we dotted all our I’s and crossed all our T’s and if we did, then we will have inspections set up for sometime in the next 2 weeks. Inspections is the last hurdle before being given the license. So we are very close now. It goes to show how wonderful a community is - big thanks especially to Jill Valentine and Brian Peterlin over at Stage 773 for being wonderful advisers, Jennifer at Ranalli’s for being amazing and getting things going, and Meg at Alderman O’Connor’s office for being the best person ever. Hope to post results later today!
It begins. Yesterday pH signed a lease on a brand new permanent theater at 1515 W Berwyn! We’ve been waiting 10 years but it’s finally happening. Now the work begins. Buildout, licenses, programming, partnerships - and a million things we haven’t even thought of. Looking forward to this new adventure.
Oh Hai internet. We’re the cast of The Room: The Musical and we are doing an opening number. Good idea!
Here we are cleaning up the theater to get it ready for the inspection. Full cast effort. New floors and eventually the chairs getting set up. We are getting so much closer. Hooray.
It’s happening. Oh yes. It’s happening.
PWNRS - the almost completely improvised pH movie has been accepted into the United Film Festival on Sept. 23. If you are in Chicago you’ll want to see this awesome movie. It stars almost all of pH in some capacity and is actually very very funny. Congrats to director Nick De Fina on this amazing accomplishment.