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RR_S13E08 - The Tattooed Lady - Max Vernon and Erin Courtney
Oct 24 2022
RR_S13E08 - The Tattooed Lady - Max Vernon and Erin Courtney
Today on the podcast, we chat with the collaborators of the World Premiere production, The Tattooed lady, A New Musical on stage at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Here is my interview with Max Vernon and Erin Courtney for The Tattooed Lady, A New Musical.The story of The Tattooed Lady highlights one of sideshow’s biggest stars, Ida Gibson, in a moving, fantastical tale that reveals the generational chasms and connections between Ida and her granddaughter Joy. A parade of beguiling characters appear, on a mission to liberate Ida from her self-imposed exile and help Joy find freedom through forgiveness. The musical celebrates the resilience of women whose choices have the power to liberate them.ABOUT THE CREATORSErin Courtney (Book) is a New York based playwright. Her play, A Map of Virtue, was awarded an Obie and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater. Her play I Will Be Gone, premiered at the Humana Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville. She has written two operas with Elizabeth Swados: The Nomad and Kaspar Hauser, both commissioned and produced by The Flea Theater. Her other plays, produced by Clubbed Thumb, include Alice the Magnet, directed by Pam MacKinnon, and Demon Baby, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. She is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a member of the Obie Award winning playwrights collective, 13P, as well as the co-founder of the Brooklyn Writers Space.Max Vernon (Book, Music, Lyrics & Orchestrations) is a musical theatre writer, whose works include The View UpStairs, KPOP (opening on Broadway this November!), The Tattooed Lady, and Show & Tell. They are a three-time Drama Desk nominee, Out100 Honoree, two-time MacDowell Fellow, Dramatist Guild Fellow, and recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Jonathan Larson Grant, Pew Arts and Culture Grant, and New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, among others. They have also written work for Audible, Disney, Virgin Group, and Tyra Banks. Notable concerts include Joe’s Pub, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They earned an MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. www.maxvernon.com IG: @frauleinsallybowelsFOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION: https://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
RR_S13E06 - Algorithmic Theater - Annie Dorsen
Sep 8 2022
RR_S13E06 - Algorithmic Theater - Annie Dorsen
This September, Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series will present the first career retrospective of theater artist Annie Dorsen titled Algorithmic Theater. The retrospective is part of a residency advancing Dorsen’s work and examining the consequences of digital communications through theater. Algorithmic Theater brings Dorsen’s work to Philadelphia audiences for the first time and features four of her past projects, including Hello Hi There (2010), Spokaoke (2012), A Piece of Work (2013), and Yesterday Tomorrow (2015). Together, these works tell a story about advancing technology, encroaching artificial intelligence, and post-anthropocentric art-making that attempt to reckon with the last decade of history.Dorsen is a New York-based theater director and artist who works at the intersection of algorithmic art and live performance. Since 2010, she has built a body of work in what she’s referred to as “algorithmic theater,” creating custom algorithms that perform in lieu of or alongside human performers. The pieces position the digital world’s influence on our everyday lives in dialogue with classical dramatic forms to confront the consequences of our increasing entanglement with information technologies.Algorithmic Theater will begin with a presentation of A Piece of Work on September 9 at 8 p.m. at McPherson Auditorium. Mixing live performance with algorithms and interfaces, A Piece of Work flips the switch between man and machine in a digital version of Hamlet for a post-humanist age. The spectators are absorbed in a swirl of connections amongst memory, language, and technology, implicating both the past and future of theater itself. New scenes, songs, scores, and visuals emerge from an intricate and ingeniously programmed web of technology that uses Shakespeare’s original text as data.The next piece, Spokaoke, will be hosted on September 10 at 10 p.m. at the Marie Salant Neuberger Centennial Campus Center. Spokaoke is a participatory event that invites people to perform speeches as they would ordinarily perform songs in a karaoke bar. Speeches are, after all, songs of persuasion, argument, consolidation, or motivation. Over 90 speech videos are loaded into a karaoke system and arranged in a catalog for audience members to peruse. Participants will read various forms of public addresses, including political speeches, award acceptance speeches, press conferences, theatrical monologues, eulogies, and trial testimony. An additional presentation of Spokaoke will take place at FringeArts on September 16 at 10 p.m. as a part of this year’s Fringe Festival, featuring a special guest host.The third piece, Hello Hi There, will be presented on September 10 & 11 at 8 p.m. at Hepburn Teaching Theater. Dorsen uses the famous television debate between philosopher Michel Foucault and linguist/activist Noam Chomsky from the 1970s as inspiration for a dialogue between two custom-designed chatbots. Material from the debate, along with additional text culled from YouTube, the Bible, Shakespeare, and western philosophy, is inputted into computer programs designed to mimic human conversation to create a new, “improvised” dialogue at each performance.Finally, Algorithmic Theater will conclude with Yesterday Tomorrow at McPherson Auditorium on September 15 at 8 p.m., September 16 at 6 p.m., and September 17 at 8 p.m. In Yesterday Tomorrow, three singers receive computer-generated music and lyrics both aurally and visually. The algorithmically-produced score begins with the Beatles’ hit song “Yesterday” and slowly transforms into “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie. Inspired by an artificial intelligence known as evolutionary computation, Yesterday Tomorrow gives a unique experience of the complexity and unpredictability of the present tense contrasted with the known past and the imagined future. Each night, the spatial and musical path from the past to the future is different; neither the singers, creative team, nor the audience knows the route the performance will take them.Free tickets will be available to students from the Tri-College Consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore) and can be reserved by calling 610-526-5300, or emailing reservations@brynmawr.edu.General admission tickets for Algorithmic Theater performances will be available online for $20, $18 for seniors (65+), $10 for students (not from the Tri-College Consortium), and $5 for children under five.In addition to presenting performances, Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series will release an accompanying publication titled Algorithmic Theater: Essays and Interviews, 2012-2022. The publication highlights the last decade of Dorsen’s work, and a limited number of copies will be available to the public for free. Edited by writer and theater critic Tom Sellar, the book features essays by Dorsen as well as illuminating conversations with her collaborators. It also includes a collection of essays previously published in journals, monographs, and anthologies by Miriam Felton-Dansky, Jacob Gallagher-Ross, Sarah Bay-Cheng, W.B. Worthen, and Johannes Birgfeld.ABOUT ANNIE DORSEN:Annie Dorsen is a director and writer whose works explore the intersection of algorithms and live performance. Her most recent project, Infinite Sun (2019), is an algorithmic sound installation commissioned by the Sharjah Biennial 14. Previous performance projects, including The Slow Room (2018), The Great Outdoors (2017), Yesterday Tomorrow (2015), A Piece of Work (2013), Spokaoke (2012), and Hello Hi There (2010), have been widely presented in the US and internationally.FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://anniedorsen.digital.brynmawr.edu and https://anniedorsen.com/
RR_S13E04 - 30 years of Brian Sanders’ JUNK
Aug 31 2022
RR_S13E04 - 30 years of Brian Sanders’ JUNK
$30,000 Fundraising initiative.The funds raised will allow JUNK to provide equitable access for the community by providing free and discounted ticketing for artists and LGBTQIA and HIV+ communities. The SEASON:LusterThu, Sep 8, 2022 Sat, Sep 17, 2022Concourse Dance Bar (map)Lust for exposure and success turns… TRAGIC. Set in an underground shopping mall turned nightclub, Junk’s newest experience, Luster, reveals the twisted nature of reality show competition and begs the question, “Where do we draw the line?”Luster gives patrons a behind-the-scenes look into the making of TRAGIC, a streaming show where aspiring reality TV producers are looking to make their mark in the edgy new world of internet reality TV. Luster begins by giving audiences a look behind the camera during a live broadcast of the TRAGIC Season Two finale featuring five competing teams. The plotline begins after Season One, which featured off-the-wall ideas with a cast of circus performers who competed in front of a crowd on equipment and apparatuses they had never used before. Season Two's production team needs to find new ways to create a show filled with even more outrageous and dangerous layers of competition. In the inaugural season of TRAGIC, every on-camera accident made ratings jump. The more the performers suffered mentally and physically, the more people tuned in. This year, producers and sponsors want something sexy and erotic, gritty but graceful. TRAGIC centers on pushing the envelope, with contestants focused on driving high ratings with provocative and daring performances. Emotions will run high as five teams, StripperX, Face Punch, The Inappropriators, Gothic Drip, and the Gayties, battle it out to compete for a top-secret first-place prize. Luster audiences are encouraged to vote for their favorite team but with caution, as there is always a twist on TRAGIC. Snowball, back on ice!Saturday, January 21, 2023Our annual fundraiserA Modern Carmen FantasyFri, Mar 10, 2023 Sun, Mar 12, 2023The Philadelphia OrchestraExperience the great Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite as never seen before, with the help of the riveting Philadelphia-based dance company Brian Sanders’ JUNK. The dance theme continues with Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, a colorfully melodic and spectacular score written for the Ballets Russes that made an overnight star of the young composer.FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://briansandersjunk.com
RR_S01E03 - Radical Imagination - Theatre Exile
May 24 2022
RR_S01E03 - Radical Imagination - Theatre Exile
"rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN"(and other sorted pandemic musings)Theatre Exile presents rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN (and other sorted pandemic musings); a Paper Wings event featuring original works written by students from Fanny Jackson Coppin and Franklin Learning Center!For this event, 30 students wrote original works using World Building prompts created by our Education Director, Mx. TS HawkinsThrough imaginative and thematic activities, group assignments, and peer review, the students had an opportunity to gain real-world experiences and learn how to collaborate in a writer’s room.rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN (and other sorted pandemic musings) will be presented virtually on Friday, June 3 at 7PM and Saturday, June 4 at 2PM.This event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted with proceeds going towards Theatre Exile’s Education Department to fund future Paper Wings productions.The Saturday, June 4, 2PM presentation will highlight the winner of the Literary Eagle Award!FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://theatreexile.org ABOUT TS HAWKINSTS Hawkins (they/them) is an international author, performance poet, art activist, playwright, and member of the Dramatists Guild. Plays, short works, and books include Seeking Silence, sweet bread peaches (formerly, Cartons of Ultrasounds), Too Late to Apologize, In Their Silence (formerly, They’ll Neglect to Tell You), #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, “don’t wanna dance with ghosts…”, Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins’ one-act choreopoem, AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the “Best Theater Moment of 2017”. #SuiteReality received the 2017 “Theatrical Reality Check” Surya Bonaly Award, an international publication in WORDPEACE Literary Journal, showcased in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre for the Black Lives, Black Words International Theatre Festival, and shares residence at the Carnegie Mellon University Hunt Library. Cartons of Ultrasounds had the pleasure of returning to New York for a limited off-Broadway run to rave reviews. Recently, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G graced Australian stages as part of Antipodes Theater Company’s Ricochet Reading Series! Hawkins’ residency credits include National Black Theatre SOUL Producing Resident, Swim Pony Performing Arts TrailOff Writer-in-Residence, 1812 Productions’ Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Residency, Out of Exile Artist-in-Residence, Irondale Ensemble “To Protect, Serve, and Understand”, Painted Bride Art Center’s Souls of Black Folk, and Alphabet Arts Puppets & Poets. Notable writing contributions include Rising Voices: Poems Towards a Social Justice Revolution (University Professors Press), Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear (Et Alia Press), Family Legacies (SONKU Collective Magazine). WORDPEACE Literary Magazine/vol. 2 Spring Edition, Fragrance of Love (Poet Tree), Long Wharf Theatre Blog Series, The Dramatist – Motivation & Innovative Dramatists issues, and Pandemic of Violence Anthology (North of Oxford Press). Ongoing projects: TrailOff and Community Capital: an Afrofuturism South Philly Walking Experience. tspoetics.com
RR_S13E01 - Today is My Birthday - Theatre Exile
Apr 25 2022
RR_S13E01 - Today is My Birthday - Theatre Exile
Today is My Birthday is about life with a thousand friends on Facebook and no one to have dinner with on Saturday night. This quirky comedy by award-winning screenwriter and playwright Susan Soon He Stanton tells the story of would-be writer Emily, who moves back home to Hawaii after her bubble life in New York pops. As she trades one island for another, Emily, feeling unfulfilled, creates an alter-ego for a radio dating show, determined to turn fantasy into reality. Today is My Birthday, told through a playful mixture of live radio, voicemail, and phone calls, is about finding true human connection in a digital-obsessed world. ABOUT THE ARTISTSRachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez (Hailma, DJ Solange, Goddess Sweet Leilani, Generic Female Voice, Hostess, she/they) is thrilled to make their Theater Exile debut. Rachel is a Philly-based actor, poet, organizer, trauma-informed teaching artist, and facilitator. They are the Operations Associate of Spiral Q and serve as a member of the Artistic Squad of Delaware Shakespeare Theater. Rachel has spent the last decade working with theater companies throughout the region such as Power Street Theatre, Die Cast, The Hum’n’Bards, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Simpatico Theatre Company, The Wilma Theater, the Arden Theatre, EgoPo Classic Theater, and the International Performing Arts for Youth. Rachel received her Master’s in Theater from Villanova University. Follow Rachel’s creative journey on Instagram @the.inter.section or at www.rachelohanlonrodriguez.com. DANIEL KIM (Dad, Bill Tapia, he/him) is an actor and standup comedian who has appeared across the country. While in Los Angeles, he played the villainous Judge Turpin in the award-winning production of Sweeney Todd at East West Players, the nation’s oldest Asian American theater. Dan also played family friend Stan on Margaret Cho’s sitcom All American Girl. In addition, Dan was a member of the Warner Bros. Comedy Writing Workshop. In Philadelphia, Dan most recently played the role of Atung in The Chinese Lady at Interact Theatre. In addition, Dan appeared in Tiger Style, the inaugural production of Philadelphia Asian Performance Artists (PAPA). At the South Camden Theatre (NJ), Dan played the role of Wong in both the premiere and revival of Fortune Cookies. Dan was also a founding member of the performance group Asians Misbehavin’ (NY & Philly Fringe Festivals, WYBE-TV), as well as the Edge of the World ensemble (NAATCO, LaMama). Dan has performed stand-up comedy at clubs in Chicago (Zanies, Comedy Cottage), New York (Improv, Gotham Comedy Club), and Philadelphia (Comedy Cabaret). Love to Doris, Melody, Maple, and Lolly!FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION: https://theatreexile.org
RR_S12E01 - Come Sail Away with Ruth and Estelle - Amanda Jill Robinson and Jenna Pinchbeck
May 19 2021
RR_S12E01 - Come Sail Away with Ruth and Estelle - Amanda Jill Robinson and Jenna Pinchbeck
Ruth & Estelle: On a winter night in 2014, while rehearsing for a holiday cabaret, Amanda Jill Robinson and Jenna Pinchbeck started playing around as two spunky, big-hearted, open-minded broads with a love of cocktails, bagels, and rock n’ roll. They never could have imagined that six years later, these women would not only teach and entertain, but become their method for putting something positive into the world. Whether they’re performing at events, teaching their Masta Class, or hosting their podcast, "Learning Through Laughter", they are dedicated to creating engaging, joy-filled, inclusive experiences through bold storytelling, humor and heart.Purchase online at 11thhourtheatrecompany.org/shows/virtual-membership or by phone at 267-987-9865.About 11th Hour Theatre Company11th Hour Theatre Company is Philadelphia’s premiere musical theatre company dedicated to producing all musicals, all the time. Intimate by design, 11th Hour creates a lasting experience with the audience by producing character-driven musical theatre.11th Hour produces a broad spectrum of musicals that fill a niche in the diverse Philadelphia theatre landscape: musicals that spark the creativity of artists and the imaginations of audiences.  Over the past fifteen seasons, they have produced seventeen full-scale musicals, nine of which were Philadelphia premieres. In addition to the World Premiere of their first commission, Field Hockey Hot, the company has contributed to the development of several new musicals beginning with Angst, a ten-minute musical that premiered in the Spark Festival of 2005. 11th Hour produced the American premiere of Austentatious that went on to success at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and a 29-hour reading of Fantasy Football, the Musical? before its production at New York University. Both Austentatious and Fantasy Football have since been published and are now professionally licensed. In the fall of 2014, 11th Hour partnered with University of the Arts to workshop Persephone Unplugged, a new twist on the classic Greek myth. With support from the Independence Foundation, 11th Hour recently commissioned their second musical from a local writing team, a Civil War-themed project currently titled Something Like a War.11th Hour has received a total of 55 Barrymore Award nominations. Their work has been recognized with 15 awards, including five recently for Lizzie (including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical), and several individual awards for their artists.  Founding member Steve Pacek was also the proud recipient of the 2012 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. In 2013, 11th Hour became the first-ever recipient of the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater.
RR_S11E06 - Home Fries at Home: Music for the Soul - Elena Camp and Rajeer Alford
Apr 20 2021
RR_S11E06 - Home Fries at Home: Music for the Soul - Elena Camp and Rajeer Alford
This adorable real-life couple will serenade audiences with moving duets, unique interpretations of classical musical theatre pieces, and more. Enjoy a virtual cabaret curated by this adorably talented couple. We loved having them in our Spotlight Series so much that we brought them back to brighten your living room. Featuring jazz, love songs, surprise guests, and maybe even a cooking lesson!Elena Camp (she/her) was last seen at 11th Hour Theatre Company in Company, Urinetown, and Broadcast, and Assistant Directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other regional credits include: Forbidden Broadway (Act II Playhouse), Christmas of Swing, Sisters of Swing, and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (Montgomery Theater), Jesus Christ Superstar, Working, Man of La Mancha, and Ragtime (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Baker's Wife in Into the Woods (Limelight Performing Arts Center), and Cinderella in Into the Woods (Eagle Theatre). Film/TV: Dead Giveaway (Shoestring Gold Films). Rajeer Alford (he/him) was last seen at 11th Hour as Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This South Jersey native has just returned to life in New York after completing his run on the 1st National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. Other credits include: Something Wicked This Way Comes (world premiere, Delaware Theatre Company), Camelot (Act II Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Resident Theatre Company), To Kill a Mockingbird (Forestburgh Playhouse), Man of La Mancha, and Ragtime (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Godspell, The Civil War and Smokey Joe’s Café (Eagle Theatre). FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:https://11thhourtheatrecompany.org/shows/virtual-membership/ www.phillytheatreweek.org