Recorded on October 17, 2009.
lore includes not only the atomic bomb’s invention
in the basement of what became the Regenstein Library
, but also the birth of The Second City
as a comedy troupe of University of Chicago
students. To separate truth from fiction in the telling of this second tale, join Anne Libera
, executive artistic director of The Second City Training Centers
, and Sheldon Patinkin
, founding member of The Second City and chair emeritus of the Columbia College Chicago Theater Department
. They will transport us from the early 1950s and the Playwrights Theater Club, through the Compass Players
of Alan Arkin
, Elaine May
, and Mike Nichols
fame, to the present-day Chicago institution, revealing how improvisational theater forms pioneered in Hyde Park changed the course of comedy.
Presented in partnership with The Second City and International House Global Voices Performing Arts Program.
Above: Photograph of Promontory Point in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.