Theatre Philadelphia’s new Executive Director, Leigh Goldenberg

On today’s podcast, I touch base with Leigh Goldenberg, the new Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia. I first met Leigh at Lantern Theater Company. She was my marketing contact and one of the first to give Rep Radio a chance. Later, she moved on to Arden Theatre Company and she was our in there. She continued to lend her talents to organizations outside of the community and we are thrilled to have her back! Stay Tuned!

Photo Credit: Plate 3 Photography

ABOUT LEIGH GOLDENBERG (From Theatre Philadelphia post)

Leigh Goldenberg is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for mission-driven and creative organizations. In January 2017, she became the Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia, the region’s marketing and audience development organization for the theatre community. Previously, she worked with Wash Cycle Laundry, a triple-bottom line laundry and linen service that delivers by bicycle and creates jobs for vulnerable adults. In Philadelphia, she has held positions at Arden Theatre Company and Lantern Theater Company, as well as provided consulting services to PlayPenn, Tiny Dynamite, and Public Citizens for Children and Youth. In New York City, she co-founded Stone Soup Theatre Arts, a politically and socially conscious theatre company, was a member of the first Producer’s Lab at Women’s Project, and worked in administrative or production capacities with HERE Arts Center, The Pearl Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, and MCC, among others. She holds a degree in Theatre Production and Management from Marymount Manhattan College.


Jean Giraudoux’s The Enchanted

On today’s podcast, I take a trip to an enchanted forest setup at Walnut Street Theatre, Studio 5 to search for Tina Brock of Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium. We wander through this forest talking about “The Enchanted by Jean Giraudoux”, the production’s many elements among the backdrop of an absurd political climate. Stay Tuned!

John D’Alonzo and Anna Lou Hearn in IRC’s “The Enchanted”


By Jean Giraudoux

“A fascinating, absorbing adventure, full of grace and wit.”
–NY Times

A schoolteacher in a provincial French town is seduced by the ghost of a murderer. With the aid of the village doctor, she seeks answers regarding the riddle of death. Enter her lover–an ardent bureaucrat who hopes his well-calibrated love will keep her earthbound.

A poetically musical and mercurial classic, a clash between the struggles of life and the mystery of death, The Enchanted is the perfect platform for Giraudoux to exercise his signature playful theatricality: characters hilariously and whimsically debate whether our fear of death fuels our love of life and whether the dead could outvote the living if they imprudently returned.

Translated by Maurice Valency



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Rebroadcast: Steve Pacek – A New Brain

On today’s podcast, I chat with Steve Pacek, featured in Theatre Horizon’s “A New Brain”. It’s been 4 years since the 2012 F. Otto Haas Award Winner has chatted with us and this production has been a part of his life for some time. Let’s play catch up! Stay Tuned!



This autobiographical musical comedy from Tony Award-winners William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and James Lapine (Into the Woods) explores one man’s quest for a second chance at life. After a children’s television songwriter receives a life-changing diagnosis, he struggles to come to terms with his creative ambitions and family relationships. In an unforgettable performance, Barrymore Award-winning actor Steve Pacek leads a cast of Philadelphia’s top vocalists through this gorgeous musical about how we spend the time we are given.


Rebroadcast: Block in Exile – 2016/17

On today’s podcast, we catch up with Deb Block to talk about Theatre Exile’s 20th Anniversary season. We start off with congratulations on 13 Barrymore nominations, focus on “Guards at the Taj” and tease the rest of the season. It’s always a pleasure to chat with Deb. I hope you are as excited about their 20th season as I am. Stay Tuned!



Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Deborah Block
Honorary Producers June & Steve Wolfson
Philadelphia Premiere
October 20 – November 13
Studio X (1340 S. 13th Street)

Featuring Anthony Mustafa Adair and Jenson Titus Lavallee

In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly completed Taj Mahal—an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concepts of friendship, beauty, and duty, and changes them forever.

“The friendship of the two guards is both beautiful and vaudevillian,” said Producing Artistic Director Deborah Block. “The storytelling at times is gruesomely hyper-realistic and at other times humorous or filled with magic.  Through the richly drawn characters, Guards allows us to understand how fear can lead us down the road to making us complicit in creating the horrors of our time.”

Lost Girls by John Pollono

Directed by Joe Canuso
Philadelphia Premiere
February 16 – March 12
Studio X (1340 S. 13th Street)

with Catharine Slusar, Trevor William Fayle, Sean Bradley, Molly Ward, Amy Frear and Susanne Collins

When Erica, their sixteen year old daughter, goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie and Lou—former high school sweethearts, now divorced—are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Filled with poignant passions and dark humor, Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about the women of a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects, in a world indifferent to their struggles, to prevent history from repeating itself.

Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson

Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
Philadelphia Premiere
May 4 – May 28
Studio X (1340 S. 13th Street)

With Akeem Davis

Jackson, an upwardly mobile black attorney, has just bought an apartment in a transitioning neighborhood in Brooklyn. He sees the potential of his old neighborhood, as does his white girlfriend Suzy…at first. When Jackson’s childhood friend Don leaves rehab to crash with them, the trio quickly becomes trapped between the tensions inside their own home and the dangers that may lurk outside.


Be A Light!

We’re just going to leave this here…