On today’s podcast, we take a trip back to November 2016 and chat with Playwright, Greg Nanni. When the idea for “Commuter” came about, I wanted to bank a few episodes before releasing. Following the Septa model, we are running behind schedule. So, here’s the interview with Greg that took place after the reading. We will release the reading as soon as the trains start running again. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT GREG NANNI
Greg Nanni is a playwright, comic book writer, and marketer living in the Philadelphia area. He is a member of Witherspoon Circle, Passage Play Lab, a former PDC Playwright in Residence at Plays & Players, the Literary Manager of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, and the former Marketing Manager of Plays & Players Theatre. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Moderator of thePDC Playwrights’ Happy Hour. He is the Co-Writer of the Youtube Series Bar-N-Tavern. He is the Assistant Sales Manager at the Bucks County Playhouse, a board member of the PDC, and has interned with Azuka Theatre in the past. He was the cofounder and editor of The Rome Review, a printed literary magazine. His One Act plays have been featured in 24 Hour Festivals and Readings throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area, and have been produced nation-wide. He is a graduate of the George Washington University.
On today’s podcast, I and my hoodie of the day, made our way to South Philly to hangout with 11th Hour Theatre Company to talk about the upcoming production of LIZZIE. Director Kate Galvin and Alex Keiper take us back to the Next Steps Concert Series and return to the present as they prepare to eke are the production with 11th Hour touches. We also talk about their trip to Fall River, Mass, the position of women past and present, an artistic focus on 2017 and what they look forward to in the new year. Stay Tuned.
“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks…” August, 1892 – a young woman commits an unspeakable crime. She is brought to trial, but with no witnesses and scant evidence, how could a jury possibly believe her capable of such violence? In this rock retelling of the infamous Lizzie Borden story, four fierce actresses bring you the legend as you’ve never heard it before!
On today’s podcast, I venture to Elkins Park to get to know White Pines Productions. Artistic Director, Ben Lloyd takes us through the history of White Pines as the next “Bright Nights Dinner Theater” approaches. We also talk about what’s coming up in the season. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT WHITE PINES PRODUCTIONS
White Pines Productions, Inc. is dedicated to transforming people’s lives through performance creativity. We do this by nurturing the citizen artist, who is committed to using his/her creative gifts in service to communities.
We offer classes and workshops in the performing arts to all ages including children, adults, seniors and people with special needs; we present shows performed by our ensemble, Bright Invention; we offer special programs off-site such as corporate training and development, and special Bright Invention shows for schools and groups; and we offer support to other artists through residencies and special programs.
On today’s podcast, we are joined by Two Walkens, Kevin Meehan and Susanne Collins. We talk about the origins of this mashup, explore some iconic standouts from the body of work that is Christopher Walken and we even get a sample at the end. Wow! Stay Tuned!
ABOUT TWO WALKENS
Two Christopher Walkens have a showdown at the crossroads of memory and nostalgia. Can they coexist without cracking? A smashup of his iconic works (Pulp Fiction, The Deer Hunter, SNL & more) with the hallmark tale of The Little Prince, Two Walkens is a hilarious and touching exploration of how we cope when the world outside gets to be too tough to handle.
Creators/Performers: Kevin Meehan + Susanne Collins
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!
ABOUT A NEW BRAIN
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.
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!
ABOUT THEATRE EXILE’S 20th SEASON
Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Deborah Block
Honorary Producers June & Steve Wolfson
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
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
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.
On today’s podcast, we meet Sean Close and new cast member Nia-Samara Benjamin of the 2016 1812 Productions’ production of “This Is The Week That Is: The Election Special”. Guess, what we talked about, just guess. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS
As the American people get ready to elect a new president, the creative team behind 1812’s smash political satire, This Is The Week That Is will be on the beat! We’ll break down the headlines and bring you answers to your burning questions with satirical wit, a song or two and a script that changes with the news!