Hoot Mon! RSC Returns to Edinburgh!

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Hold On To Your Haggis! (No, that’s not a euphemism.) This summer the RSC returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time in nine years for the European premiere of The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)! The Pleasance One Theatre will be the site of this comic outrage from July 31 to August 25. Don’t miss the show that Broadway World called “A master class in the art form” and The Cincinnati Enquirer said was “A wild, wild ride! It’s funny. Really, really funny… And most of all it’s really, really smart!” Buy your tickets now!

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Episode 399. The Second City

UnknownSecond City‘s legacy informs every aspect of contemporary comedy (including many alumni who’ve performed with us) and this week Executive Vice President and President of Second City Theatricals Kelly Leonard gives us the reduced history of Second City’s over-fifty year impact on popular culture. Featuring phenomenal growth, changing trends, ensemble spirit in a city of ensembles, developing new work without losing what’s essential, and sobering examples and cautionary tales. (Length 18:48)

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Episode 398. ‘Salesman’ Behind Bars

UnknownLast year, Kate Powers told us of her work doing Theatre In Prisons with Rehabilitation Through The Arts. This week Kate returns to tell us of her recent production of Death of a Salesman at Fishkill Correctional Facility, which restored much-needed urgency and vitality to that American “classic”. Featuring original titles, changing temperatures, under appreciated messages, the first rule of stage violence, “Puppies Behind Bars”, misunderstood Shakespeare plays, a special appearance by an award-winning salesman, unexpected levity, and the dangers of so-called Post-Traumatic Dustin Hoffman Disorder. (Length 20:22)

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Episode 397. Science Fiction Theatre

72ed0b_ead2cdd9c4684cac9d80805e7ef4f1f6.jpg_srz_606_856_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzScience fiction as a genre isn’t particularly well-represented in the theatre, but playwright Michael Bernard is hoping to change all that. His play Alien The Family was recently presented at Sci-Fest: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, and this week discusses the scarcity of science fiction in theatre, theatrical stage effects, impressions of Star Trek women, Vespa rides, Prairie Home Companion-with-a-bad-attitude, additional genres that theatre doesn’t do well, and less-than-fulsome praise for Tracy Letts’ play Bug. (Length 19:41)

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Episode 396. Singing ‘Shakespeare’s Fool’

cd-shakespeare-songsfromplaysIn addition being an on-air personality at KX 93.5 in Laguna Beach, CA, Jason Feddy is the singer/songwriter/composer and performer of Shakespeare’s Fool, an amazing collection of songs drawn from the Shakespearean canon. Around excerpts from the wonderful CD (available here), Jason talks about how the project came about, his musical influences, the chances of him becoming a pop star, his most-excellent collaborator, and the pleasures and distinction of being both cutting edge and ahead of one’s time. (Length 16:49)

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Episode 395. Being Child Actors

photoWe’ve been called childish actors, but Caroline Heffernan and John Francis Babbo, are actual child actors, two members of the six-actor cast of the Lookingglass Theatre Company world premiere production of In The Garden: A Darwinian Love Story. Hear these two young professionals discuss navigating the relatively adult worlds of theatre and television, being wrangled, surviving surprisingly healthy environments, handling inappropriate language, dealing with showmances, and offering most excellent tips on how to avoid being obnoxious. (Length 16:39)

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