New episode of Studs' Place at Hideout to kick off yearlong Studs Terkel celebration
A yearlong celebration of Studs Terkel begins November 10 with a Pocket Guide to Hell production of a new episode of Studs' Place at the Hideout. It will be the second installment of the seminal early-'50s Chicago School of Television series that the local historical tour and reenactment org has staged at the tucked-away bar.
Studs' Place, which premiered on NBC in 1949, was broadcast live and was mostly improvised, with Terkel starring as the proprietor of the titular diner. The Hideout show, which begins at 7pm, attempts to recapture the feel of watching a live TV broadcast. Following the format of last year's episode (embedded below), a cast directed by Meredith Milliron of Barrel of Monkeys performs in front of a camera in Hideout's front bar while an audience in the rear performance space watches a black-and-white projection of the feed. The cast includes John Geiger, Roger Payton, Scott M. Priz, Chris Rathjen, Nick Wagner and Rachel Wilson.
As part of "Let’s Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel," the year of programming honoring Chicago's late, great oral historian and broadcaster, Pocket Guide to Hell will also host Studs' Place performances March 16 and May 11, 2014, and is involved in organizing a three-day Terkel festival May 9–11 at the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The schedule hasn't been finalized, but Pocket Guide to Hell founder Paul Durica says This American Life's Ira Glass and oral history nonprofit StoryCorps are involved in the fest, which will consist of art installations, film screenings and musical performances.