Inside: Greg Nanni

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 CirclePassage 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 the PDC 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://gregnanni.com

School Play – Terry Brennan

On today’s podcast, if only we all could bring to our everyday lives the energy that Terry Brennan brings to the stage. We seem to meet annually about a production and it’s always a brutal summer-like day. Terry brings to the stage his former and inner-fourth grader who is just too much for the room. Using parkour, circus arts and a high-energy soundtrack, School Play is what figit spinners were made for. Part of the 2017 SoLow Festival. Stay Tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT SCHOOL PLAY

School Play is a hilarious and heartbreaking adventure set in the American educational system featuring an eager student battling his inability to sit still, his need to ask “silly questions” and his love for “non-academic” subjects. Terry Brennan whose “performance can only be described as a bolt of lightning,” uses comedy, acrobatics and hand-balancing to tell a silly and heartwarming story of a kid who desperately wants to do well in school despite a barrage of negative reinforcement.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://www.tribeoffools.org

Xavier Foley – Live Connections

On today’s podcast, we talk about the art of video game music. Xavier Foley, Double Bassist and recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music talks about the influences of the music of games like “The Legend of Zelda” and “Elder Scrolls – Skyrim” elevate the experience of play and have classical roots. Stay Tuned.

ABOUT XAVIER FOLEY AND LIVE CONNECTIONS

XAVIER FOLEY. From Marietta, Georgia, double bassist Xavier Foley was the First Prize winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition. As such, he has appeared as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony and Brevard Concert Orchestra, and made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi in October 2014. He recently toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi 2014, where he was featured as soloist on the U.S. East and West coasts. Mr. Foley was also the First Prize winner of both the 2009 (Junior Division) and 2011 (Senior Division) International Society Bassist Competition, and a prizewinner in the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition. A winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, he has performed in Carnegie Hall as principal bassist of the New York String Seminar Orchestra, under the baton of Jaime Laredo. He has also appeared on NPR’s “From the Top.” As a chamber musician, he has appeared at Marlboro Music and the Delaware Chamber Music Festival. Also a composer, Mr. Foley studied composition with Eric Sessler and Edgar Meyer at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he recently completed a Bachelor of Music degree under Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer. He studied previously with Douglas Sommer, and has trained as part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program. Mr. Foley’s double bass was crafted by Rumano Solano.

Learn more about

Xavier Foley: http://www.astralartists.org/artist/xavier-foley-2.

Elizabeth Zharoff: http://elizabethzharoff.com

LiveConnections presents two emerging composers and recent grads of the Curtis Institute of Music, collaborating around their love of video games and their serious classical chops. Soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, in addition to performing opera, is an award-winning game audio designer and composes music for film and TV. Double bassist Xavier Foley shares his love of video game music in his own compositions and performances. LiveConnections has commissioned both artists to write new game-inspired works, to be premiered as part of a lively and eclectic program spanning new music, art songs, opera and classical bass. They will be joined by pianist Michelle Cann, also a Curtis alum, along with Fourte, a student string quartet from All-City Orchestra.

“These aren’t your typical collaborations. LiveConnections creates synergy between … unlikely bedfellows” (Philly Mag Ticket). The LiveConnections Presents concert series features six curated concerts annually, showcasing adventurous collaborations, new commissions and world premieres, and the best boundary-crossing music around. LiveConnections is a nonprofit in residence at World Cafe Live.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://liveconnections.org/component/eventlist/details/176-20170602.html?Itemid=214

Rebroadcast: Marcus/Emma

On today’s podcast, I venture over to Interact Theatre Company to talk about Mary Tuomanen’s “Marcus/Emma” featuring Akeem Davis and Susan Riley Stevens. We explore who these characters were and the world that Mary has dropped them into. We even discuss how the themes carry off the stage into real life. Stay Tuned.


ABOUT MARCUS/EMMA

What does it mean to be radical? MARCUS/EMMA mashes together two of American History’s wildest activist leaders – Jewish Anarchist Emma Goldman and Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey — and launches them into a no-holds-barred, sex-fueled, bloody-minded battle to rekindle the smouldering flames of their legacies. Tuomanen’s vibrant voice brings the political passion, tender humanity, and savage humor of Goldman and Garvey to life in a timely play that challenges the audience to continually question what it means to be American.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:
Web: http://interacttheatre.org
Twitter: @InterActThtrCo
Facebook: InteractTheatreCompany

One More River To Cross

 

On today’s podcast, James Jackson dropped by the studio to talk about the Lynn Nottage compiled, “One More River To Cross”. Yes, another very timely production that speaks to the never-ending conversation of race, class and gentrification. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS

A World Premiere, by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, One More River To Cross immerses  you in song and culture as you experience lives of former slaves. Between 1936 and 1938, the Federal Writers Project gathered over 2,300 interviews with emancipated slaves in the post war South. Nottage has collected and condensed these interviews into a theatrical exploration of the entire history of black slavery in the United States from African capture through the emancipation. This new work, staged to reflect the deep historic connections between current theatre and primary cultures in Africa, resurrects the voices of people who, for many years, had none.  One More River To Cross brings the words and stories of black American slaves firmly into the present and delivers a lyrical declaration of hope, reaching out from the past and giving strength to our future.
FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1353087044774748/

http://onemorerivertocross.bpt.me