Hartford Stage Company

Melia Bensussen (l) and Cynthia Rider, respectively the Artistic and Managing Directors of the Hartford Stage Company, talk about the history of their multiple Tony-winning institution, and how they are managing and programming to reflect the various crises hitting their theatre specifically and the American theatre industry generally. Featuring a surprising number of laughs; gratitude at being in charge of an institution during a pandemic; the difficulty of hitting moving targets; the challenge of meeting the needs of multiple communities; how the best comedy is also the smartest comedy; a possible podcast scoop; some fantastic new brochure copy; and the opportunity and obligation to be of service to an audience and industry that’s battling crises on multiple fronts. (Length 19:43)

Livermore Shakespeare Festival

Livermore Shakespeare Festival is the thriving cultural center of the Tri-Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area, and founder and producing artistic director Lisa Tromovitch talks about how the company began and how it’s continuing to grow. Featuring the journey from parks and vineyards to a brand-new building; how working with new plays and living playwrights is great training for collaborating with William Shakespeare; how Shakespeare and theatre acts as an economic engine; and finally, the greatness of being in the so-called center of the MegaRegion! (Length 20:21) (Lisa Tromovitch; Nicole Odell and Skyler Cooper in the 2019 Livermore Shakespeare Festival production of Othello, directed by Michael Wayne Rice. Photo by Gregg Le Blanc, CumulusLight.com)


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Episode 561. Fall Tour Preview

Episode 559. Technical Theatre Textbook

Episode 532. Shakespeare & Trump

Episode 527. The Writers Theatre

Episode 497. The Folger Theatre

Episode 432. Los Angeles Theatre

Episode 430. Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Episode 423. UK Comedy Fools

Episode 421. Returning To Theatre

Episode 402. The Pleasance Courtyard

Episode 368. The Cincinnati Playhouse

Episode 365. The Park Theatre

Episode 213. Epic Two-Parter

Episode 212. Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Rapunzel