This page indicates changes and additions to the Pope Joan Workshop Web. Changes are noted
in reverse chronological order, so the latest additions appear near the top of the page.
Due to the continued expansion of this web to include a wide variety of other projects outside
the realm of POPE JOAN, we have added a "Newsflash" section to present updates on
all sections of
Michael Butler Presents.
- "Pope Joan" opens at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA under the direction of Bo Crowell with Whitney Avalon as Joan and Doug Barry as Louis.
July, 1996 - May, 1997
- Since the production closing in Chicago on March 10th, 1996, both news about
the show and the web site have been relatively quiet. We have added many new
sections to Michael Butler Presents during this hiatus.
We are pleased to report that you can't keep a good Pope down. The show is
undergoing the next phase of workshop development. Read all about it in the
News of the Week and be sure not to miss the
latest Christopher Moore's latest essay about the
role of the spiritual in POPE JOAN.
Thank you for your continued interest in our efforts.
- Michael Butler explains why he is bringing Hair to Chicago for the Democratic National
Convention in his latest journal entry.
- Speaking of Hair in Chicago, we've added a new section to this site which will give
you all the production details and information about the Democratic Convention, civil rights,
and more. Please visit Hair in Chicago, Summer of '96.
- POPE JOAN Associate Producer Joe Maalouf has created a web site for his production company
You will find details about some of the work he has been doing on Pope Joan within this site.
- In The Producer's Report, Michael Butler summarizes the successes and failures of the production
of POPE JOAN mounted in Chicago in early 1996. It offers great insight into the business aspects
- The Mystic Connections section covers the relationship between
Pope Joan and various spiritual forces including her strong influence in the tarot.
Mary Beidler, who plays Martine in the Chicago Production, explains her spiritual connection
to the woman called Pope Joan in her essay entitled One Voice.
- In God is in the Details, Prop Designer Tom Hartman takes you on
a whirlwind tour of Chicago stores in
his quest for the perfect props for POPE JOAN.
- Who was at the opening night party and what did they say? Read the Web-O-Grams!
- The Sites Relating to Our Logo section has been greatly expanded.
- In "Directing Pope Joan", Christopher Moore provides some interesting insights into the unique challenges presented
in directing the musical that you wrote.
- "A True Company Man"
is Company Manager Will Hepp's contribution to the workshop archive. In it,
he explains why if you never hear of him again it means that he's "doin' the job just
- On November 6, 1995 Pope Joan wins three awards from
Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Commitee (Chicago's union theatre Tonys.)
- In Stars in Theatrical Productions, Producer Michael Butler explains why a good new play should stand on its own merit without casting stars.
- Rewriting Pope Joan, an essay by playwright Christopher Moore, offers some wonderful insights into how he went about accomplishing the latest rewrite of the script.
Both the original and the current versions of some scenes are available for review.
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