9:49 AM CST, December 20, 2011
The Chicago Park District's Theatre on the Lake announced Tuesday that its popular summer program has two new "artistic creators" in Michael Patrick Thornton and Meghan Beals McCarthy.
Thornton is the artistic director of the Gift Theatre; McCarthy is associate artistic director of Chicago Dramatists. Theatre on the Lake, which long has remounted the best small productions of the previous season in Chicago in its lakeside, semi-outdoor theater, was preciously under the artistic direction of Steppenwolf Theatre's Hallie Gordon.
Theatre on the Lake also said that it was considering adding pre- and post-show entertainment this summer, along with a more public role for its two curators, including public talkbacks and the like.
A renovation of the historic theater at Fullerton Ave. and Lake Shore Drive has long been on the books, but has yet to be funded.
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