From Roseburg with Love?

On today’s podcast, we are joined by Ginger Dayle, Artistic Director of New City Stage Company whose conceived piece shining a light on the events that took place in Oregon in 1968 and 2015, has generated some feedback not necessarily expected. After all, what is theater without a little drama? Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT ROSEBURG

On May 27, 1968, Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy gave a speech on gun control on the steps of the Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg, Oregon. He was heckled and went on to lose the Democratic primary in that state… a week later his life would be cut short by an assassin’s bullet.

Almost 47 years later on October 1, 2015, the sleepy logging town found itself in the spotlight of the second amendment controversy yet again. A mentally disturbed student opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College killing nine and injuring several more before turning his gun on himself.

ROSEBURG examines the simmering synapses between the gun control argument of the Vietnam era and its stepchild; the modern Twitterverse, that holds any and every conflict under the microscope of bipartisan disdain and infotainment ennui. Why are we still arguing about this and when will the killings cease?

For Tickets and Information:

http://newcitystage.org

 

Ozzie Jones directs Black Nativity

If you are aware of Black Nativity in Philadelphia, you may already know director Ozzie Jones. He directed a co-production of “A Matter Of Seconds” for Represented and Banjigirl Productions back in 2010. This was an opportunity to catch up with Ozzie and talk not only about this production but, about the climate of today’s society as this production deals with the aftermath of Katrina in a way that is so telling, even today. Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT BLACK NATIVITY

Legendary poet Langston Hughes takes us on a powerful journey from ancient Africa to post-Katrina New Orleans in Black Nativity. This exhilarating musical, which first stormed Broadway 50 years ago, is reimagined on our stage through African and contemporary dance, gospel favorites, and storytelling at its finest. Our performers team up with local choirs to serenade you in this American classic for the whole family.

 

 

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatrehorizon.org

Drama behind the Drama as #LightsRiseOnGrace

I’ve had several conversations with playwright Chad Beckim about the production, “Lights Rise On Grace”, brought to the stage by Azuka Theatre Company. Our first interview was a more standard breakdown of the history of the piece as it made its way from NYC Fringe to Woolly Mammoth to Stageworks and now, to Azuka. The first interview was a wash due to technical difficulties but, the time between the first and the final recorded interview brought to light responses from critics and theatergoers that made for a more broad discussion about who should bring such stories to light, how to handle such content and white privilege. Needless to say, art is subjective and everyone owes it to themselves to experience the work on their own and form their own opinions. But, this interview reminds me of why REP RADIO exists. Our goal is to support, promote, engage and inspire the arts community by igniting the ghost light that shines on the stages of the up and coming, the unsung heroes, the brilliant writers and the dynamic designers. In this interview with Chad Beckim, we talk about dealing with the public’s response to art in creation and the back and forth surround the content of this production and a question of who has the right to present such work. This is a production that there needs to be more of. Whatever your position about this piece, the conversation that comes up is one that serves its purpose and validates the artists who boldly tackle the work. With that, I give you my interview with playwright Chad Beckim talking about Azuka Theatre’s “Barrymore Recommended” production of “Lights Rise On Grace”. Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT LIGHTS RISE ON GRACE

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere!
November 4-22, 2015
The Adrienne Theater | 2030 Sansom Street 
By Chad Beckim
Directed by Kevin Glaccum
Grace takes a chance on Large. Large takes a chance on Riece. Can these three broken but brave lovers hold a family together when all they can do is tear each other apart? Across race and cultural lines, the common language is love. Named Outstanding New Play for its workshop at the New York Fringe, Lights Rise on Grace strips bare the issues of incarceration, sexuality and family.

CHAD BECKIM

Chad is a New York City based playwright whose writing credits include …a matter of choice, `nami(which received its West Coast premiere at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles in October, 2007), Lights Rise on Grace (Winner, Outstanding Play, 2007 NY Inti’l. Fringe Festival; Finalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Award; Finalist for Ojai Playwrights’ Conference), The Main(e) Play (Semi-Finalist, The O’Neill Festival), That Men Do (Member of The Lark’s 2009 “Playwright’s Week” and Naked Angels “Out Loud” Series), Mercy and most recently the critically and audience acclaimed After. He has also authored a number of shorts and one-acts, including The Fluffer and Marvel Super Hero Squad (both produced at Ars Nova), Tha Bess Shit, Alexander Pays a Visit,Blac(c)ident, and Last First Kiss, which was adapted into a Columbia Grad film and produced in July, 2008. Mr. Beckim holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College’s Program, and in July of 2007 was named one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild. His work has been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Krauss, and in the Plays and Playwrights 2007 collection by NYTE. He is a proud member of Ars Nova’s acclaimed “Play Group,” and is currently finishing an original pilot script entitled “The Fam.” Mr. Beckim is a co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of Partial Comfort Productions.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://azukatheatre.org

2015 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre – The Nominees

2015 Awards

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Outstanding Overall Production of a Play

Caught (InterAct Theatre Company)
The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane (InterAct Theatre Company)
In the Blood (Theatre Horizon)
Rapture, Blister, Burn (The Wilma Theater)
To The Moon (1812 Productions)
The Whale (Theatre Exile)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Theatre Exile)

Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical
Field Hockey Hot (11th Hour Theatre Company)
Herringbone (Flashpoint Theatre Company)
Into the Woods (Theatre Horizon)
Ragtime (Bristol Riverside Theatre)

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Joe Canuso (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Theatre Exile)
Matt Pfeiffer (To The Moon, 1812 Productions)
Matt Pfeiffer (The Whale, Theatre Exile)
Joanna Settle (Rapture, Blister, Burn, The Wilma Theater)
Rick Shiomi (Caught, InterAct Theatre Company)
Pirronne Yousefzadeh (The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, InterAct Theatre Company)
Pirronne Yousefzadeh (In the Blood, Theatre Horizon)

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Keith Baker (Ragtime, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Matthew Decker (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)
Bill Fennelly (Herringbone, Flashpoint Theatre Company)
Megan Nicole O’Brien (Field Hockey Hot, 11th Hour Theatre Company)

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play
Pearce Bunting (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Theatre Exile)
Peter DeLaurier (QED, Lantern Theater Company)
Charlie DelMarcelle (The Glass Menagerie, Act II Playhouse)
Michael Genet (Fences, People’s Light)
Scott Greer (To The Moon, 1812 Productions)
Scott Greer (The Whale, Theatre Exile)
Jered McLenigan (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Wilma Theater)

Charlotte Cushman Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play
Carla Belver (The Glass Menagerie, Act II Playhouse)
Kim Carson (Nora, Delaware Theatre Company)
Melanye Finister (Fences, People’s Light)
Eleanor Handley (Lost in Yonkers, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Aimé Donna Kelly (The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, InterAct Theatre Company)
Mary McDonnell (The Cherry Orchard, People’s Light)
Catharine Slusar (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Theatre Exile)

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical
Derrick Cobey (Ragtime, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Ben Dibble (Herringbone, Flashpoint Theatre Company)
Michael Thomas Holmes (Ragtime, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Steve Pacek (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical
Rachel Camp (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)
Kim Carson (Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon, People’s Light)
Liz Filios (Passion, Arden Theatre Company)
April Woodall (Souvenir, Montgomery Theater)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
Akeem Davis (In the Blood, Theatre Horizon)
Charlie DelMarcelle (The Jungle Book, Arden Theatre Company)
Dan Hodge (The Fair Maid of the West, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective)
Dave Johnson (The Taming of the Shrew, Lantern Theater Company)
Anthony Lawton (To The Moon, 1812 Productions)
Graham Smith (The Cherry Orchard, People’s Light)
Ed Swidey (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Wilma Theater)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play
K.O. DelMarcelle (Detroit, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
K.O. DelMarcelle (The Taming of the Shrew, Lantern Theater Company)
Lynette Freeman (The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, InterAct Theatre Company)
Emilie Krause (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Theatre Exile)
Campbell O’Hare (Rapture, Blister, Burn, The Wilma Theater)
Campbell O’Hare (The Whale, Theatre Exile)
Susan Riley Stevens (Nora, Delaware Theatre Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
Alex Bechtel (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)
Charlie DelMarcelle (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)
Michael Doherty (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)
Michael Philip O’Brien (Field Hockey Hot, 11th Hour Theatre Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
Liz Filios (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)
Leigha Kato (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)
Ciji Prosser (Ragtime, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Leah Walton (Field Hockey Hot, 11th Hour Theatre Company)

Outstanding Scenic Design
Scott Bradley (brownsville song (b-side for tray), Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Brian Dudkiewicz (In the Blood, Theatre Horizon)
Melpomene Katakalos (Caught, InterAct Theatre Company)
Lance Kniskern (The Taming of the Shrew, Lantern Theater Company)
Kristen Robinson (Rapture, Blister, Burn, The Wilma Theater)
Jason Simms (Lost in Yonkers, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Jason Simms (Ragtime, Bristol Riverside Theatre)

Earl Girls Award for Outstanding Costume Design
Esther Arroyo (Nora, Delaware Theatre Company)
Maggie Baker (Penelope, Inis Nua Theatre Company)
Marie Anne Chiment (Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon, People’s Light)
Marla Jurglanis (Bach at Leipzig, People’s Light)
Marla Jurglanis (The Cherry Orchard, People’s Light)
Rosemarie McKelvey (La Bête, Arden Theatre Company)
Lauren Perigard (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)

Outstanding Lighting Design
Russell H. Champa (brownsville song (b-side for tray), Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Cecilia Durbin (In the Blood, Theatre Horizon)
Dennis Parichy (The Cherry Orchard, People’s Light)
Thom Weaver (Passion, Arden Theatre Company)
Thom Weaver (Rapture, Bister, Burn, The Wilma Theater)
Thom Weaver (The Whale, Theatre Exile)
Yi Zhao (Hamlet, The Wilma Theater)

Clear Sound Award for Outstanding Sound Design
Christopher Colucci (The Hound of Baskervilles, Lantern Theater Company)
Christopher Colucci (Uncanny Valley, InterAct Theatre Company)
Christopher Colucci (The Whale, Theatre Exile)
Jorge Cousineau (Bach at Leipzig, People’s Light)
Daniel Perelstein (The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, InterAct Theatre Company)
Daniel Perelstein (Passion, Arden Theatre Company)
Ryan Rumery (brownsville song (b-side for tray), Philadelphia Theatre Company)

Outstanding Original Music
Alex Bechtel (To The Moon, 1812 Productions)
Christopher Colucci (The Whale, Theatre Exile)
ILL DOOTS (Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments, Flashpoint Theatre Company)
Michael Ogborn (Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon, People’s Light)
Michael Ogborn (Field Hockey Hot, 11th Hour Theatre Company)
Daniel Perelstein (The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, InterAct Theatre Company)
Stew (Rapture, Blister, Burn, The Wilma Theater)

Outstanding Choreography/Movement
Samantha Reading (Bach at Leipzig, People’s Light)
Stephen Casey (Ragtime, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Michael Cosenza (The Fair Maid of the West, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective)
Dann Dunn (Catch Me If You Can, The Eagle Theatre)
Ellie Mooney (Field Hockey Hot, 11th Hour Theatre Company)
Ian Rose (As You Like It, Quintessence Theatre Group)
Ian Rose (The Three Musketeers, Quintessence Theatre Group)

Outstanding Music Direction
Dan Kazemi (Field Hockey Hot, 11th Hour Theatre Company)
Dan Kazemi (Herringbone, Flashpoint Theatre Company)
Amanda Morton (Into the Woods, Theatre Horizon)
Ryan Touhey (Ragtime, Bristol Riverside Theatre)

Outstanding Ensemble in a Play
Bach at Leipzig (People’s Light)
The Fair Maid of the West (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective)
The Hound of Baskervilles (Lantern Theater Company)
In the Blood (Theatre Horizon)
The Jungle Book (Arden Theatre Company)
Little Rock (Passage Theatre Company)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Theatre Exile)

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical
Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon (People’s Light)
Field Hockey Hot (11th Hour Theatre Company)
Into the Woods (Theatre Horizon)
Ragtime (Bristol Riverside Theatre)

Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical
Caught by Christopher Chen (InterAct Theatre Company)
The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane by Jen Silverman (InterAct Theatre Company)
Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments by The New Black Fest (Flashpoint Theatre Company)
To The Moon by Jennifer Childs (1812 Productions)

F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist
Alex Bechtel
Benjamin Camp
Akeem Davis
Katherine Fritz
Bi Jean Ngo

Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award
The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane (InterAct Theatre Company)
The Gun Show (Passage Theatre Company)
In the Blood (Theatre Horizon)
Speech & Debate (Azuka Theatre)
The Whale (Theatre Exile)

June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre Company
The Berserker Residents
EgoPo Classic Theater
Flashpoint Theatre Company
Philadelphia Artists’ Collective
Quintessence Theatre Group
Simpatico Theatre Project

Lifetime Achievement Award
Johnnie Hobbs, Jr.

A round of applause, please, for Drucker & Scaccetti for providing an independent review of the voting results for the 2015 Barrymore Awards!

F. Otto Haas Award Nominees – Alex Bechtel and Katherine Fritz

Today’s podcast is a double-header! We are joined in REP RADIO Studio C by F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist Nominees Alex Bechtel and Katherine Fritz whose works often tends to be noticed before they are. Alex, a musician/composer and Katherine, a Costume Designer but, their talents do not stop there. Alex is currently working with 1812 Productions and Katherine is currently working with Azuka Theatre…Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT ALEX BETHEL and KATHERINE FRITZ

ALEX BECHTEL is a Philadelphia-based Theatre Artist. As an actor, writer, composer, sound designer, music director, and director, Alex has worked with 1812 Productions, Walnut Street Theatre, New Paradise Laboratories, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Act II Playhouse, Applied Mechanics, Groundswell Players, Strange Attractor, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Drexel University, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2011, Alex received a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on The Walnut’s MY WAY. Alex holds a BFA from The University of the Arts, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.

Katherine Fritz is the proud resident designer for the PAC, where she creates costumes, photoshops marketing campaigns, maintains the website, and even designs the occasional set and prop. She’s designed the costumes for every PAC production in our company’s history, from 2010’s The Duchess of Malfi to the present. Other local theatre design credits include Arden, 1812 Productions, Pig Iron, InterAct, Signature Theatre (DC), Theatre Horizon, Lantern, Inis Nua, Azuka, Act II, Applied Mechanics, Walnut Street Studio Three, FringeArts, and Theatre Exile (Barrymore Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design, Annapurna, 2014). In her secret double life, she is a writer whose viral blogs Ladypockets and I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog have garnered millions of views and wide critical acclaim. Her words have been published in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and at MTV Style, where she is a regular contributor, blogging about the intersection between fashion and feminism. More on all of this at katherinefritz.com.

FOR BARRYMORE TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatrephiladelphia.org

F. Otto Haas Award Nominee – Akeem Davis

Today’s podcast continues our coverage of the 2015 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist nominees. Melissa Amilani is killing it, catching up to our community and today’s podcast features Akeem Davis, who can be currently seen in the Theatre Exile production of “RIZZO”, which is getting crazy press! Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT AKEEM DAVIS

Akeem Davis, from Miami, Fl,  is a graduate of The Florida State University.  Since arriving In Philadelphia in 2011 for a job with the National Constitution Center he has acted with Flashpoint Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre Project, Delaware Theatre Company, Applied Mechanics, Theatre Horizon and Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, among others.   Akeem is a 3-time Barrymore nominee and a proud man of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

FOR BARRYMORE AWARDS TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatrephiladelphia.org

F. Otto Haas Award Nominee – Benjamin Camp

Today’s podcast begins our Barrymore Awards coverage of the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist nominees. When we get involved with the awards, our focus has always been on the Emerging Artist award. When we are lucky, we get to sit down with all of them but, these artists are “Emerging” because they are crazy busy and out in the world sharing their talent. Benjamin Camp is first up. Melissa Amilani leads off. Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT BENJAMIN CAMP

Benjamin Camp is an actor/creator/teacher working in Philadelphia, and the Artistic Director of Team Sunshine Performance Corporation. He was lead artist for Team Sunshine’s PunchkapowTerrarium, and Zombie Defense Consultations, as well as a core collaborator on all Team Sunshine projects and events including JapanAmerica Wonderwave and Huddle Live.  Benjamin has also had the pleasure of working with Pig Iron Theatre Company  Shakespeare in Clark ParkTheatre Horizon  and the Rosenbach Museum and Library, among others. Benjamin graduated with a BA Theater Major from Swarthmore College and completed the full program of Lecoq style training in physical theater and ensemble created theater at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).

FOR BARRYMORE AWARDS TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatrephiladelphia.org