Studs’ Place is a live performance of a new episode of the classic Studs Terkel television show, at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia) on Sunday, March 16, 2013, at 7 PM. A bus will be leaving from the Logan Center at 6pm. There is a $10 suggested donation.
In the early 1950s, broadcaster and oral historian Studs Terkel starred in Studs’ Place, one of the first TV shows produced in Chicago. Working from a one-page scenario and with a cast consisting of Chet Roble, Beverly Younger, and future co-founder of the Old Town of School of Folk Music Win Stracke, Terkel largely improvised the episodes, which were all set at the eponymous diner and dealt with everyday life in the city. The episodes highlighted the musical talents of Roble and Stracke and served as an inspiration for later Chicago improvisation groups like the Compass Players and Second City.
In 2012 Pocket Guide to Hell produced a new episode of Studs’ Place. The third episode will also make use of character types and scenarios from the original series. The episode will be performed in the front bar of the Hideout but projected before an audience seated in the back, simulating the effect of watching a live television broadcast.
Meredith Milliron (Barrel of Monkeys) directs a cast that includes John Gieger, Roger Payton, Chris Rathjen, Nick Wagner, and Rachel Wilson.
Following the performance will be a short conversation about the role of the tavern in building community with Andres Araya (5 Rabbit), Rob Brenner (The Whistler), Liz Garibay (Tales, Taverns, & Towns), and Bill Savage (Northwestern). Honey and Buffalo will perform a short musical set, and there will be a screening of an original 1950s Studs’ Place episode courtesy of the Media Burn Archive. See pocketguidetohell.com for more details.