What's the difference between Poland in the 60's and the U.S. now? What's the same? Actor/director Bjorn Whitney and I talk about Tango by Slawomir Mrozeck. A little absurd, a little farcical, and a whole lot of fun.
Catch Bjorn's work at Shakespeare Northwest this summer and read his suggestion for next month's podcast: Jean Anouilh's Antigone
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How French can one get? How do you control men? How much of this is realistic, or even relevant anymore?
David Gassner, local theater director and producing director with 18th & Union and Radial Theater, talks about The Apollo of Bellac by Jean Giraudoux.
His pick is Tango by Slawomir Mrozeck (and beware of David's spoiler towards the end of this podcast).
Plus David makes an announcement on behalf of his theater.
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This month, we talk about Craig Lucas one upping Tony Kushner. What makes a play disappear and others stick around in our culture? What do we do when we have power over somebody else? Taylor Davis, Seattle actor, director, choreographer, talks The Dying Gaul by Craig Lucas.
Next month, we talk about The Apollo of Bellac by Jean Giraudoux.
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March's episode comes a day late, but it's all the better for it! My guest, local Shakespearean actress, Jaime Mastromonica and I speake about Michael V. Gazzo's "A Hatful of Rain." We talk a little about heroin and a little about empathy. When is hyper-realism important to a message and when is it just a pain? How long can I reasonably convince someone I'm just as cool as Shelly Winters?
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Also check out the podcast I recommend in this episode: Narcotica
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Next month we talk about The Dying Gaul by Craig Lucas
Fahrenheit 451 is a classic American novel, but Ray Bradbury also wrote the play version. So What's new about the play? How does it compare you what you saw in your head when you read the book? So sit back for some serious monologuing and get into this month's episode with Seattle actor Randy Decker.
Next month, we talk about A Hatful of Rain. Yes, it's a movie too.
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Mandy Rose Nichols is a local actor with excellent physical discipline and comedic intuition. We talk about I, Gelosi, a play by David Bridel that is at once playful and political. How can theater bring history to life for modern audiences? Why do we do theater? and what kind of theater really changes the world?
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Next month, we talk about Farenheit 451, the play, by Ray Bradbury.
Jana Gueck is a local actress and educator. Her insights are perfect for the improv heavy and Commedia inspired series of short children's plays. How do we create inspired theatre for children and everyone?
Jana's pick is I, Gelosi by David Bridel : https://www.originalworksonline.com/I-GELOSI-by-David-Bridel_p_90.html
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Jordan Talbot is a local stage manager and playwright. She's fluent in French and has a master's in theater, so she's a great person to talk with about the modern French/Canadian play You Are Happy by Rébecca Déraspe. It's all about society and relationships, whatever it means to make Millenial theater, and how it all fits into the broader scope of theater history.
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Next month I tackle Ahmed the Philosopher by Alain Badiou
Maren Commendant and I went to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, camped in the city's fairgrounds, and saw 11 plays together! So here's a bonus episode that tries to break down the whirlwind of the show.
The Sister's of Castleknock House by Niall Carmody presented by Tiger's eye Theatre Company: Nialhttps://www.facebook.com/tigerseye17/
The Squirrel Plays by Mia McCullough presented by Part of the Main: https://www.partofthemain.com/
Lights Over A Tesco Carpark by Poltergeist Theatre: https://www.poltergeisttheatre.com/
Bloominauschwitz by Richard Fredman presented by Menagerie: http://www.menagerie.uk.com/
The Island by Athol Fugard presented by: Chris Weare, Siya Mayola, Luntu Masiza
The Last Straw by People Show: https://www.peopleshow.co.uk/
Daughter by Adam Lazarus presented by Pandemic Theatre: http://www.pandemictheatre.ca/
A Joke by Dan Freeman presented by: Universal Arts and Scene Change Productions: http://www.universal-arts.co.uk/universal-arts-productions.html https://scenechangeproductions.org/
Ken by Terry Johnson Presented by Pleasance, The Showstoppers, and Hampstead Theatre: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/ken/
Flies by Oliver Lansley produced by Les Enfants Terribles and Pins and Needles: https://www.flieslive.com/
A Sockful of Custard by Chris Larner with Jeremy Stockwell produced by The Pleasance: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/
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Mario Gomez of https://www.onlinedramaturg.com/ introduces our next play: You Are Happy Rébecca Déraspe https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Happy-Rébecca-Déraspe/dp/1770915389
Check out the podcast with guest Jordan Talbot on November 26th!
This month, we discuss Dutchman by Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones), the role of symbolism in theatre, and put an old play into the context of it's time.
My guest, Ben Symmons is a Seattle based sound designer and actor. He is currently in Greenstage's production of The Three Musketeers. http://greenstage.org/the-three-musketeers/
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I'm going to take a short break, but we'll be back and better than ever!
How do we take risks in theater without losing it all? How much violence is too much violence? Why doesn't Seattle love August Wilson more?
This month's podcast is a discussion of Aleshea Harris' "Is God Is" http://www.3holepress.org/is-god-is
My guest is Jordan-Michael Whidbey who will appear in Theater Schmeater's production of "She Kills Monsters" next month. http://schmee.org/season/2018/she-kills-monsters
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Next month's play is "Dutchman" by LeRoi Jones.
This month I talk with Emily Fortuna about the New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh. Tune in for a discussion on what the cake really symbolizes, what we're looking for in a truly great play, and when theater sacrifices its entertainment value.
Next month's play will be Is God Is by Aleshea Harris: https://www.amazon.com/God-Aleshea-Harris/dp/0998276316
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This Month, We talk about "How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel with Ruth Eitemiller.
How we approach a difficult situation as artists? How do we approach it as audiences? What is our responsibility to painful subject matter over ourselves?
Next month's play will be The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh:
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This month, I talk to Anne Conte about Brides of the Moon by the Five Lesbian Brothers. Anne is volunteer coordinator at 18th & Union and all around "theater opportunist." We talk about jokes that fall flat on the page, when writing for your own acting works as art, and Anne recommends "How I learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel which is totally available at the Seattle Public Library, but also available here: https://www.amazon.com/How-I-Learned-Drive-Acting/dp/082221623X
Anne works at 18th & Union as volunteer coordinator, and you can see a bunch of inspired original theater for free if you volunteer with her. Visit https://18thandunion.org/
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Here is the article I referred to at the end of the pod: https://www.americantheatre.org/2018/03/12/the-enduring-lessons-of-how-i-learned-to-drive/
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Isis is a Seattle actress that has a reputation for connecting to characters with depth and soul. On and off the stage, Isis has insight and instinct full of empathy. The perfect guest for a Beth Henley, character forward, play. We notably miss the mark on our understanding of Southern Culture, but we discuss character, what it means to be an actor, and feminist stories.
The Miss Firecracker Contest: https://www.amazon.com/Firecracker-Contest-Acting-Theater-Productions/dp/0822207621
Isis King: http://talent.tpsonline.org/?M=11953