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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Matt Decker

Today’s podcast marks our 8th Anniversary! Today, we caught up with Matthew Decker, Co-Founder and resident Director of Theatre Horizon and Associate Artistic Director of Arden Theatre Company. Matt is a 3-time Barrymore Award winner and the productions he helms always receive multiple nominations and positive buzz. I’ve been meaning to catch up with Matt for years now and I am glad to have had the opportunity to dive into his world! Stay Tuned!

ABOUT MATTHEW DECKER

From Theatre Horizon website

Matt is a Co-Founder and Resident Director of Theatre Horizon. He is also the Associate Artistic Director at Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He has directed over 15 productions with Theatre Horizon and favorites include Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening, Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig and Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he was awarded the Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. Other credits include Incorruptible, Pinocchio and Robin Hood (Arden), Love, Rose (Philly Fringe), InterAct Theater WRITE LOCAL Festival, Walnut Street Theater, [email protected], Villanova University and HERE Arts Center. As a professional teaching artist, Matthew has developed Theatre Horizon’s Autism Drama Program and teaches with Arden’s outreach program, Arden for All. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Matthew resides in Philadelphia.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://theatrehorizon.org

 

Brenna Geffers adapts “ANNA”

On today’s podcast, Brenna Geffers and I meet for a cup of coffee at Last Drop to talk about the EgoPo production of “ANNA”. The flexibility of the Latvian Society allows for the creation of a traveling show where we have all gathered around to hear a tale. Stay Tuned!

Andrew Carroll, Colleen Corcoran, Lee Minora, and Maria Konstantinidis. Photo Credit: Dave Sarrafian

ABOUT ANNA

by Brenna Geffers & the Anna Ensemble

“Astonishing” “Gorgeous” “Triumphant” “Remarkable”

The Philadelphia Inquirer (full review here)

Literature’s greatest heroine comes to new life in this world premiere stage adaptation. In Anna, this sweeping Russian epic is transformed into a make-shift travelling show by a wandering theater troupe armed with a collection of rickety antiques and instruments. They perform this story, set in the shifting landscape of Imperial Russia, to seek refuge from their own unsettling world. You are invited on their journey, and Anna’s, as they travel together toward the story’s unavoidable end.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://egopo.org

You For “Bi” For You

On today’s podcast, we caught up with Bi Jean Ngo to talk about the Interact Theatre Company production of “You For Me For You”. The elements of this play crafted by Mia Chung are heart-warming, humorous and eye-opening. Bi talks about how her background does not necessarily inform her performance. The work is put in as any professional actor would. Stay Tuned!

Bi Jean Ngo and Mina Kawahara – Kate Raines | Plate 3

ABOUT YOU FOR ME FOR YOU

North Korean sisters Minhee and Junhee are torn apart at the border as they attempt to flee the “Best Nation in the World.” Each must race across time and space to be together again—navigating the perilous “Land of the Free” and the treacherous terrain of personal belief. Chung’s fantastical, humor-filled play is a kaleidoscope of imagery and beauty, casting light on the darkness of a secretive regime while simultaneously illuminating American values from a unique perspective.

 FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:
http://interacttheatre.org