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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!



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 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.




Letters To Zoey

Today’s podcast features a new United Solo artist! You may have noticed him sitting in front of the New York Public Library with a sign that says, “Meet The Author”. What is this about? We took a trip to find out about Garrett Buhl Robinson as he brings his voice from the streets to the stage with a musical twist in “Letters To Zoey”. Stay Tuned!



In the middle of the night, Weldon Keyes jumps on a coal train and leaps into his rite of passage. Wandering through the country, he composes letters and songs to his friend Zoey. Through his travels, he realizes what he felt was lacking in his life and what he desperately seeks to find, is what he left behind.






The Business of Broadway

On today’s podcast, we are joined by Mitch Weiss, long-time member of the Broadway community and personal friend. His second book, “The Business of Broadway”, written along with Perri Gaffney is an insider’s guide to working, producing, and investing in the world’s greatest theatre community. Mitch was one of the first people we met when REP RADIO took Manhattan and we are thrilled to chat with him about the Great White Way! Stay Tuned!



By: Mitch Weiss and Perri Gaffney. The Business of Broadway is essential reading for anyone interested in producing, investing, or working in theatre. Engaging and illuminating, Mitch Weiss and Perri Gaffney explain the myriad of people and roles they play to collaborate on a show from development to opening night and beyond.


Mitch has thirty-five years of management experience in theatre and music. He has managed over 180 Broadway and off-Broadway shows including Tony Award winners A Chorus LineThe Grapes of Wrath, and Beauty and the Beast, and has also held senior management positions at Disney Theatricals International, New York Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage Company, and Big Apple Circus. 

Mr. Weiss has served on the Board of Broadway’s Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers and has been a certified ATPAM manager since 1985. He is an adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies and mentors future arts administrators through his classes at www.JustLearnSomething.us.




Long Live The Little Knife

On Today’s podcast, we return to Inis Nua to chat with Artistic Director, Tom Reing, about the latest import from across the pond. David Leddy’s “Long Live The Little Knife” may have a tone that is very reminiscent of his roots, however, the message is a global one. Stay Tuned!



“You need to keep your wits about you, but you will still be taken in by this hugely enjoyable romp.”—The Guardian

Long Live the Little Knife is a more absurdist take on the double-cross. It’s a fast-paced tale of swindling, dirty tricks and false identities. Husband and wife con artists set out to become the greatest art forgers in the world. What they gain—and what they lose—makes for a shocking, funny and oddly uplifting trip.



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