On today’s podcast, I went to a rehearsal for Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s production of “The Bald Soprano” by Eugene Ionesco. My last experience with this piece was back in 2010 when Brat Productions produced a 24-Hour version of the piece at the Annenberg Center. The piece is about 65 minutes and moves at that pace but, so much is going on that you cannot help but focus in on the segmented moments where the work the cast has put into interpretation is clearly on display. IRC’s production is no different.
The space always lends dramatically to an Ionesco piece and this production will be staged at the Bethany Mission Gallery in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia. This rehearsal took place at The BeardCave in University City. Stay Tuned.
ABOUT THE BALD SOPRANO
The collapse of reality, a tragedy of language: classic absurdism freshly conceived! Ionesco awash in a world gone awry—causality means nothing, numbers don’t add up, names have no validity, existence is surreal. A comedy for our time, at Bethany Mission Gallery, the ultimate evening of Idiopathic outsider art!
On today’s podcast, we are joined by members of the cast of RunBoy Run Productions’ “Underground Episodes. The production is a collection of stories that use Philly’s subway system as a backdrop. RunBoy Run’s goal is to give you the most thought-provoking works by the brightest minds in Philadelphia and surrounding areas on the theater scene.
ABOUT UNDERGROUND EPISODES
Underground Episodes is about the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Philadelphia from the average person that rides the train. With stories surrounding matters such as changes in the economic and working culture, recovery, relationships, generational gaps, poverty, parenting and war. With stories being told through spoken word, music and dance If there is one thing for sure, beneath this city aren’t just roaming trains but a space of people filled with stories meant to be told in these underground episodes.
On today’s podcast, on a beautiful night in Old City, I caught up with James Ijames, whose star is shining so brightly right now with his latest production of WHITE, onstage at Theatre Horizon. We talk about the production’s journey and what motivates him to create the work he does. Stay Tuned.
Gus is an artist. He’s just not a famousartist. So when a major art museum puts out a call for “new perspectives,” Gus—a white man—decides to seize his opportunity. He hires a black actress to present his work as her own, but as the actress gets more deeply into her role, Gus’s scheme spirals out of his control. Award-winning Philadelphia playwright James Ijames challenges assumptions about race, gender, identity and art in this seriously funny new comedy.
On today’s podcast, I check in on Inis Nua’s production of “Swallow”. I was able to catch playwright, Stef Smith and director, Claire Moyer to talk about how these characters made their way from page to stage. Stay Tuned!
Anna feels a bit of herself fall away every day. Rebecca teeters on the edge after a breakup, wondering who she is on her own. Sam wants to step forward to meet the future. These three strangers’ fragile connections with each other might lead to a shift in their worlds. Stepping or falling, sometimes there is no difference.
On today’s podcast, Jacqueline Goldfinger talks about her latest production, “The Arsonists”, which will receive an NNPN Rolling World Premiere! We talk about the process of putting this piece together as she finishes her “Southern Gothic” trilogy which included “The Terrible Girls” and “Skin and Bone”. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT THE ARSONISTS
When M loses her father in an arson gone wrong, she goes on a journey with his ghost to reclaim her life and reframe his memory. Set deep in a Florida swamp, The Arsonists is a lyrical Southern Gothic myth about a father-daughter arson team deconstructing their personal demons. Inspired by the Greek tragedy Electra, this play with music explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between life and death, the last breath before the awakening. The final play in Goldfinger’s Southern Gothic trilogy, which began with the terrible girls and Skin & Bone, The Arsonists is the 2016 Runner Up for the Leah Ryan Prize and was developed at The Kennedy Center.
On today’s podcast, Whit MacLaughlin, Artistic Director of New Paradise Laboratories stops by to talk about GUMSHOE 101, a collaboration with the Free library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach. This immersive experience takes you on a tour of the Free Library’s bones in an effort to find the truth. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT GUMSHOE 101
New Paradise Laboratories invites you into an immersive adventure in detection. GUMSHOE is also an expedition into the treasures of the great Parkway Central Library. It will blend disguise, subterfuge, infiltration, half-truths, and bald-faced lies, to get to the bottom of a crime that hasn’t yet happened. We’ll lead you through secret doors and down escape hatches, both real and imagined, into the underbelly of the building. The truth of life is its mystery.