On today’s podcast, I spend some time with Jerrell Henderson, director of Passage Theatre’s production of “CAGED” by The New Jersey Prison Cooperative. This tough and all to real depiction of a Black family’s struggle with America’s for-profit justice system combines scenes that lead from one tragic episode to the next in an attempt to shine a light on a broken system. Stay Tuned!
Caged follows a Black family’s struggle to survive the generational cycle of mass incarceration. Combining stories, interviews, and writing by current and former inmates, this poignant community-devised play uses gripping truths and soulful dialogueto reveal the human cost of America’s for-profit justice system.
On today’s podcast, I make my annual visit with director, Matt Decker. This time, we talk about Theatre Horizon’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher”. This regional production is placed on a smaller stage with a relatable setting that breathes new life into this tale that is fun for the whole family. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
With virtuosity, imagination, and stunning theatricality, a dozen musicians and storytellers use handmade magic to conjure ships and stardust, create more than 100 characters, and ultimately upend the familiar story of how a fearless girl inspires an orphan boy to become the legendary Peter Pan. Helmed by Matthew Decker, director of Theatre Horizon’s smash hit Into the Woods, this 5-time Tony Award-winning show is a song-filled adventure full of grown-up savvy and childlike wonder.
On today’s podcast, I have one of the most cryptic conversations with director, Tom Reing about the American Premiere of “Our Few and Evil Days”. We breakdown the boxes the characters are in and how they manage to get there. All while dancing around the elephant in the room. The production encompasses the Proscenium at the Drake in largest-scale scenic design for Inis Nua Theatre Company. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT OUR FEW AND EVIL DAYS
Daughter brings home beau to meet the parents. It’s all so normal, but this perfect family photo is about to slip out of the frame. Elements of Gothic horror poke sharply into this story of unsettling domesticity as obsession, guilt and agony reveal devotion’s dark side.
On today’s podcast, I facilitate a roundtable discussion with three of the four directors tackling the works of Michael Hollinger this season. As an added bonus, Mr. Hollinger joins us! We attempt to identify the Hollinger lens, the women in the plays and the themes that present a sense of urgency. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT HOLLINGER PLAYS
Red Herring – noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices.
Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. It’s 1952: America’s on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower’s on the campaign trail
Director: David Bradley
TouchTones – revolves around a phone sex office.
A new musical comedy about love, sex, and the fantasy at the other end of the line…
It’s 1999, the cusp of a new millennium, and technology promises intimacy as well as anonymity. Christine and her fiancé Justin wander into this titillating world of role-play, secret delights, and shifting identities; but who will they be when they come out again? (And will they recognize themselves?)
Director: Emmanuelle Delpech
Sing The Body Electric – revolves around a lightning strike and scars left over.
Jess is tanking in Physics, so her mom hires Lloyd to help her pass. But she’d rather study his son, the survivor of a lightning strike that killed his girlfriend a year ago, and tattooed his body with elegant scars. When Lloyd and Mom hit it off, these two broken families are bound ever closer, inexorably — with explosive results. An intricate, atmospheric tale of love, sex, and the unseen forces that draw us together and drive us apart.
Content Warning: Sing the Body Electric contains references to domestic abuse and suicide.
Director: Deborah Block
Hope and Gravity – revolves around an elevator accident.
When an elevator crashes in a major city, nine lives intersect in surprising ways–through love and sex, poetry and dentistry, in offices, homes, and hotel rooms. By turns comic and profound, Hope and Gravity traces the delicate and miraculous threads that connect us all.