A Child’s Christmas is the best Christmas.

What we love most about our interviews is when we get the chance to dive deep into the work of the dynamic artists we are able to connect with. At Lantern, there is always a deep meaning to every piece that goes up on their stage and we as the audience are the fortunate beneficiaries of their passion, their curiosity, their love for the work they do. On today’s podcast, Ken Cohen had a chance to sit down with Artistic Director Charles McMahon and Director Sebastienne Mundheim to talk about how the work of Dylan Tomas  was brought to the stage in this beautiful holiday offering of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”. Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

From the Lantern and Philadelphia performance artist Sebastienne Mundheim comes an original adaptation of one of the best-loved works from great poet Dylan Thomas. Looking back on a boyhood walk through his Welsh village on Christmas Day, Thomas invites us to join him as he relives his childhood: a larger-than-life world of imagination, myth, and wonder. Mundheim’s unique work has been described as “three-dimensional story books,” combining language and puppetry to imbue everyday objects with life and magic. United with Thomas’ comic prose and four of Philadelphia’s finest actors, Mundheim’s stunning visual landscape will transport audiences of all ages.

 

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://lanterntheater.org

The icy “Frost” of “Nixon’s” beltway.

We are such politics junkies these days! If we only had The West Wing, Scandal, MSNBC and yes, even Fox News 20 years ago, more of us may have been more aware of what was going on in our nation’s capital as high schoolers and college students. New City Stage Company has piqued the interest of a theater community with their look back on the politics that shaped this nation. Melissa Amilani sat down with Aaron Cromie to talk about the production of FROST/NIXON. Stay Tuned!

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Enjoy the drama of the 70s for the holidays — Watergate style!

British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughing-stock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation’s eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to out talk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president’s legacy.

“…nails the political, media and cultural fever of that era…” —AisleSay.com

“As an absorbing character study, there’s no beating this play.” —New York Magazine

“Structured as a prize fight between two starkly ambitious men in professional crisis, Frost/Nixon makes it clear that the competitor who controls the camera reaps the spoils.” —NY Times

“…ripe entertainment…The cheerily oblivious limey lightweight and the brooding, mortally wounded political animal: Austin Powers vs. Macbeth.” —Washington Post

Nominated for 3 Tony Awards, 4 Drama Desk Awards & 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards, and later made into an Oscar Nominated film.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://newcitystage.org

Gender Bending with a Curio Lens

On today’s podcast, Melissa Amilani sat down with writer Harry Slack and Artistic Director Paul Kuhn to talk about the production of Gender Comedy: A Less Stupid Twelfth Night Gay Fantasia. Every year, there are at least two opportunities to explore Shakespeare in Philadelphia through different lenses. We are happy to bring you both with our previous sit down with Pig Iron. Stay Tuned!

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Gender Comedy: 
A Less Stupid Twelfth Night 
Gay Fantasia
A World Premiere
by Harry Slack 

Admit it.  Shakespeare’s comedies are stupid.  Like Twelfth Night.  Everybody knows it needs robots.  Well, now it’s got ‘em! We have gender confusion, needlessly cruel drunks, and cyborgs.
It’s the play Queen Elizabeth I 

never wanted you to see!

Directed by Paul Kuhn
Previews: December 5, 6, 7, 12
Opening Night: December 13
Closing Night: January 4

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm on the CURIO CORNER STAGE
(48th St & Baltimore Ave)

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://curiotheatre.org

This “Broad” is a “RED HOT MAMA”!

Today’s podcast features The Last of the Red Hot Mamas, Sophie Tucker, as portrayed by Kathy Halenda. Our own Ken Cohen had the pleasure of sitting down with Kathy to talk about her role as one of the women who inspired a generation of comediennes! Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT SOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS

Spend an intimate evening with Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas! She was America’s Queen of the double entendre. Naughty? Yes, in a fun-loving way with a wink or two, that’s never graphic or obscene. Take delight in the woman who inspired generations of comedians (including Bette Midler) and celebrate musical hits from the 1920s, including “Real Women Have Curves,” “Living Alone and I Like It,” “After You’ve Gone,” “Fifty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong,” “My Yiddishe Momme,” “Life Begins at Forty” and, her uplifting signature song, “Some of These Days.”

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://walnutstreettheatre.org

Twelfth Night in the key of Pig Iron!

On today’s podcast, Melissa Amilani is joined by Dito van Reigersberg in our first interview with Pig Iron Theatre Company. Since 1995, Pig Iron’s interdisciplinary ensemble has traveled the globe producing some of the most interesting works created for the traditional and non-traditional stages. Now, Pig Iron bring their hit production to Fringe Arts! Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT TWELFTH NIGHT or WHAT YOU WILL

An uproarious world of drunkards and wine-drenched parties, depressive noblemen and dueling musicians, idiots and veteran jesters, religious zealots and erotic misunderstandings, performed to the beat of a live Balkan band. Alternately absurd and heartfelt, Twelfth Night, or What You Will is replete with practical jokes, gender confusion, and mistaken identity. Girl washes up on beach, disguises herself as boy. Girl, disguised as boy, falls in love with Duke. Woos lady on behalf of Duke. Lady falls in love with girl-disguised-as-boy. Longing ensues. As does the imbibing of enormous quantities of alcohol, plus outrageously melodramatic breakdowns to “the saddest music in the world.”

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://pigiron.org

http://fringearts.ticketleap.com

1812’s HOLIDAY TRUNK!

Dragging steamer trunks into the 21st century, 1812 hits THE BIG TIME. Hank Curry sat down with Philadelphia’s All-Comedy Theater Company to talk about the newest original installment to the 1812…uh, trunk! Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT THE BIG TIME

From the creative team that brought you This Is The Week That Is andOur Show of Shows, 1812 Productions is thrilled to celebrate the holidays with you in  its  newest  original  production The Big Time:   New Vaudeville for the Holidays. Featuring Jen Childs, Scott Greer, Dave Jadico, and Greg Nix, The Big Time reunites Philadelphia’s comedy dream-team and brings the steamer trunk circuit into the 21st century, with original material and classic comedy styles. “Forget Radio City. The show to celebrate the holidays is right here.” – City Paper

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://1812productions.org

Acting Out with Charlie DelMarcelle

On today’s podcast, Hank Curry is joined by Charlie DelMarcelle. I believe the last time we chatted with Charlie was for an Azuka production. Now, he is featured in Norristown for the Theatre Horizon production of “I Am My Own Wife”. Stay Tuned

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ABOUT I AM MY OWN WIFE

I Am My Own Wife

October 31 – November 24, 2013

by Doug Wright
Honorary Show Producers – William & Cindy Wanger, TD Bank, Fesnak & Associates LLP, Fox Rothschild LLP
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
Starring Charlie DelMarcelle

“…riveting theatre… the structure of the play is original, challenging, and involving.” —BackStage

Synopsis

Based on a true story, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German man who survived the Nazis and the Communists while dressed as a woman. Having endured two of history’s most repressive regimes, Charlotte’s ambiguity made her a bridge between unlikely worlds. Celebrated actor Charlie DelMarcelle portrays over 30 characters and seduces us with Charlotte’s tale of politics, survival, and beauty.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatrehorizon.org