Rebroadcast: Simpatico’s “HIR” with Eppchez!

On today’s podcast, I get to know Eppchez! A self-producing artist wearing many hats who is featured in the Simpatico Theatre Project production of “HIR” by Taylor Mac. Get ready, there is some swearing at times. We explore the origins of Alma’s Engine and the dysfunctional family dynamics of “HIR” as it views the nuclear family through a new lens. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT HIR

Somewhere in the tangles of the suburbs, Paige is designing a brave, new path for her children – Isaac, dishonorably discharged from active duty in the Middle East, and Max, caught in the throes of transitioning gender here at home. Freshly liberated by her abusive husband’s debilitating stroke, Paige is waging a cis-revolt in support of Max’s journey, and is now armed to dismantle the patriarchy! In this visceral and delightfully absurd kitchen-sink dark comedy, Taylor Mac explores the struggle to recognize change and the courage to face its messy repercussions.

EPPCHEZ! (MAX) – Newcomer to Philadelphia theatre. Worked with Pig Iron, The Mediums and others with a focus on devising new work. Studied Theatre and Writing at Wesleyan University. A playwright, choreographer, director, designer, puppeteer, songwriter and vocalist. Artistic Director-Conductor of Alma’s Engine, a process focused creative ministry and self-producing platform for realizing air work in music and theater. Album – Self-Realized-Nation; A Song Cycle of the Occupation (2013) original plays Junk Redemption (2012) and They Extract! (2014 & 2016). Bartam’s Garden – Train-ing: A Duet, a site-specific solo musical.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://simpaticotheatre.org

Rebroadcast: BSR Podcast – Arts Funding – Who Should Pay?

On today’s podcast, we return to the Broad Street Review panel discussion, ‘Arts Funding: Who Should Pay?’ This discussion took place on May 15, 2017 at the Caplan Recital Hall at UARTS.

Broad Street Review in cooperation with the Corzo Center at The University of the Arts presents ‘Arts Funding: Who Should Pay?’

 

 

 

Wendy Rosenfield — Editor, BroadStreetReview.com, Moderator                     Greg Maughan – Founder of PHIT Comedy
John Orr – Executive Director of Art-Reach in Philadelphia
Kile Smith – Composer, WRTI and Broad Street Review contributor
Amy Smith – Co-Director, Headlong Dance Theater – Master Lecturer U Arts
Valerie V Gay — Executive Director, ART SANCTUARY

BroadStreetReview.com events are FREE to anyone making a donation during the past year. Stay Tuned for future events.

Rebroadcast: Inis Nua’s “Swallow”

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT SWALLOW

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.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://inisnuatheatre.org

 

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: Writers Resist

On today’s podcast, we met with Stephanie Feldman, Philadelphia Writer and Coordinator of the Philadelphia Chapter of Writers Resist, a movement designed to engage a community of authors, poets, filmmakers and the like to use their talents to shine a like on the fundamentals of democracy. Stay Tuned!

 

 

ABOUT WRITERS RESIST

The movement rapidly coalesced after poet, Erin Belieu, posted on Facebook, “We will not give in to despair. We will come together and actively help make the world we want to live in. We are bowed, but we are not broken.”

Belieu’s call for writers to organize local events on Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 2017, has already resulted in more than fifty events throughout the US and around the world including a flagship New York City event co-sponsored by PEN America and additional events in Boston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Austin, Portland, Omaha, Seattle, London, Zürich, Hong Kong.

Main Site: http://writersresist.org

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/424262767905244/

 

Rebroadcast: Erlina Ortiz

On today’s podcast, we meet Erlina Ortiz. She is a graduate of Temple University and the Resident Playwright of Power Street Theatre Company. We come to know her because she has been selected as on of the 2016 Amtrak Artist Residency recipients. She will travel the country by train let the beauty of our nation inspire her next piece. Stay  Tuned!

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ABOUT ERLINA ORTIZ

Erlina Ortiz  is a self-defined ‘everything’ artist, Power Street is the perfect avenue for her to explore all her different passions in the theater. Erlina graduated with a BA in Theater and a Concentration in Acting from Temple University and began dabbling in Playwriting and Directing when she became a member of Power Street.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Meet the Writers Selected for the 2016 Amtrak Residency Program