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Category: Season 7

Rebroadcast: Seth Rozin takes The Drake

On today’s podcast, I caught up with Artistic Director, Seth Rozin, to talk about the first year at The Drake. While it has only been a year, the conversations began in 2013. On the edge of completing a 2.97 million campaign, Interact aims to create an inclusive space where all are welcome, including resident partners PlayPenn, Simpatico, Azuka and Inis Nua. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT INTERACT and THE DRAKE CAMPAIGN

Dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing new and contemporary plays that explore the social, political, and cultural issues of our time.

InterAct has transformed the former ballroom of The Drake (1512 Spruce Street, Philadelphia) into a new, dual theater facility in the heart of the City’s cultural district.

PlayPennSimpatico Theatre ProjectAzuka Theatre, and Inis Nua Theatre will join InterAct as Resident Partners at The Drake, which will host 250+ performances of world and Philadelphia premiere productions, new play readings and workshops, classes, and public conversations for over 18,000 patrons, annually.

The Drake will be cultivated as a social and artistic hub for the region’s burgeoning “new play” community. With the 120 seat Proscenium Theatre, the flexible 75-seat Louis Bluver Theatre, and two lobbies, the new venue will be a place where theatre makers come to read, write, research, discuss, exchange, devise, rehearse and attend new plays.

Audiences will enjoy a newly renovated venue with comfortable seats and leg room, 10 modern public bathrooms, expanded concessions, a fully appointed box office, and spacious lobbies.

 

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Rebroadcast: Paul Meshejian talks OSLO

On today’s podcast, Artistic Director, Paul Meshejian talks about PlayPenn Annual Conference. I spoke with Paul in 2013 about the conference and since then, many plays have been workshopped through the conference and went on to become the topics of many conversations. These plays transfer from the conference to regional stages and J.T. Rogers’ play, OSLO, makes it Broadway debut! Stay Tuned!

ABOUT PLAYPENN

PlayPenn is an artist-driven organization dedicated to improving the way in which new plays are developed. Employing an ever-evolving process, PlayPenn creates a relaxed tension within which playwrights can engage in risk-taking, boundary-pushing work free from the pressures of commercial consideration.

PlayPenn playwrights and plays have received their share of awards, publication and recognition, including:

  • MacArthur Fellowship: Samuel D. Hunter (PlayPenn 2010)
  • Whiting Award: James Ijames (PlayPenn 2013, 2015)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship: Gabriel Jason Dean (PlayPenn 2013), Jordan Harrison (PlayPenn 2005), JT Rogers (PlayPenn 2005, 2009, 2015)
  • Lilly Award for Playwriting: Lucy Thurber (PlayPenn 2005)
  • Pew Fellowship: James Ijames (PlayPenn 2013, 2015)
  • Sky Cooper Prize for American Playwriting: Samuel D. Hunter (PlayPenn 2010), Martin Zimmerman (PlayPenn 2012)
  • American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award: Jonathan James Norton (PlayPenn 2012)
  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize: Sheila Callaghan (PlayPenn 2005)
  • Terrence McNally New Play Award: James Ijames (White, 2015)
  • Barrymore Award for Best New Play: R. Eric Thomas (Time is on Our Side, PlayPenn 2015), Michael Hollinger (Ghost-Writer, PlayPenn 2009), Jacqueline Goldfinger (Slip/Shot, PlayPenn 2011)
  • Top 10 Plays, New York Times: JT Rogers (Oslo, PlayPenn 2015; Blood and Gifts, PlayPenn 2009)
  • Top 10 Plays, Time Magazine: JT Rogers (The Overwhelming, PlayPenn 2005)

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://playpenn.org

 

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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

 

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Rebroadcast: A User’s Manual

On today’s podcast, we connect with Thomas Choinacky to talk about a new work titled “A User’s Manual”. At the time of the interview, Thomas was on location at Washington College in Maryland with Applied Mechanics doing a residency of their FringeArts production of FEED.

ABOUT A USER’S MANUAL

A USER’S MANUAL is a performance designed in response to how the body is constantly manipulated by architecture. Drawing attention to structures, sounds, textures, and history of space, each performance catalogues the memory of site. This dance maps the imagined histories discovered through the cracks, smells, scars, and growths in the given moment.

This is cataloguing of architecture and space
This is a responsive movement score
This is interdisciplinary

A USER’S MANUAL makes visible how humans are constantly affected by the surroundings we pass through and by the architectures we build.

Reserve tickets here: http://ausersmanual.brownpapertickets.com/

Web: http://thomaschoinacky.com

Tweet: @thomasistitanic

 

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