A Word on Plays
By Amy Gang
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A Word on Plays is a podcast, hosted by Amy Gang about script analysis and theater production, featuring a new play and a new theatre artist each month.
||CleanAhmed the Philosopher with Jana||Jana Gueck is a local actress and educator. Her insights are perfect for the improv heavy and Commedia inspired series of short children's plays. How do we create inspired theatre for children and everyone? Jana's pick is I, Gelosi by David Bridel : https://www.originalworksonline.com/I-GELOSI-by-David-Bridel_p_90.html Find Jana @janagueckfan on Facebook. Like us on Facebook @playspod||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Are Happy with Jordan||Jordan Talbot is a local stage manager and playwright. She's fluent in French and has a master's in theater, so she's a great person to talk with about the modern French/Canadian play You Are Happy by Rébecca Déraspe. It's all about society and relationships, whatever it means to make Millenial theater, and how it all fits into the broader scope of theater history. http://www.leannabrodie.com/you-are-happy/ We're on Facebook @playspod and on Goodreads! Next month I tackle Ahmed the Philosopher by Alain Badiou https://cup.columbia.edu/book/ahmed-the-philosopher/9780231166935||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdinburgh Fringe Recap||Maren Commendant and I went to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, camped in the city's fairgrounds, and saw 11 plays together! So here's a bonus episode that tries to break down the whirlwind of the show. The Sister's of Castleknock House by Niall Carmody presented by Tiger's eye Theatre Company: Nialhttps://www.facebook.com/tigerseye17/ The Squirrel Plays by Mia McCullough presented by Part of the Main: https://www.partofthemain.com/ Lights Over A Tesco Carpark by Poltergeist Theatre: https://www.poltergeisttheatre.com/ Bloominauschwitz by Richard Fredman presented by Menagerie: http://www.menagerie.uk.com/ The Island by Athol Fugard presented by: Chris Weare, Siya Mayola, Luntu Masiza The Last Straw by People Show: https://www.peopleshow.co.uk/ Daughter by Adam Lazarus presented by Pandemic Theatre: http://www.pandemictheatre.ca/ A Joke by Dan Freeman presented by: Universal Arts and Scene Change Productions: http://www.universal-arts.co.uk/universal-arts-productions.html https://scenechangeproductions.org/ Ken by Terry Johnson Presented by Pleasance, The Showstoppers, and Hampstead Theatre: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/ken/ Flies by Oliver Lansley produced by Les Enfants Terribles and Pins and Needles: https://www.flieslive.com/ A Sockful of Custard by Chris Larner with Jeremy Stockwell produced by The Pleasance: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/ We're on Facebook as @playspod||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing November 26||Mario Gomez of https://www.onlinedramaturg.com/ introduces our next play: You Are Happy Rébecca Déraspe https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Happy-Rébecca-Déraspe/dp/1770915389 Check out the podcast with guest Jordan Talbot on November 26th! Facebook.com/playspod||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDutchman with Ben Symmons||This month, we discuss Dutchman by Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones), the role of symbolism in theatre, and put an old play into the context of it's time. My guest, Ben Symmons is a Seattle based sound designer and actor. He is currently in Greenstage's production of The Three Musketeers. http://greenstage.org/the-three-musketeers/ You can follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playspod/ or Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/416988-a-word-on-plays I'm going to take a short break, but we'll be back and better than ever!||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs God Is with Jordan||How do we take risks in theater without losing it all? How much violence is too much violence? Why doesn't Seattle love August Wilson more? This month's podcast is a discussion of Aleshea Harris' "Is God Is" http://www.3holepress.org/is-god-is My guest is Jordan-Michael Whidbey who will appear in Theater Schmeater's production of "She Kills Monsters" next month. http://schmee.org/season/2018/she-kills-monsters Like us on Facebook @playspod add to the conversation on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/416988-a-word-on-plays Next month's play is "Dutchman" by LeRoi Jones. https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/8382/dutchman||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New Electric with Emily||This month I talk with Emily Fortuna about the New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh. Tune in for a discussion on what the cake really symbolizes, what we're looking for in a truly great play, and when theater sacrifices its entertainment value. Next month's play will be Is God Is by Aleshea Harris: https://www.amazon.com/God-Aleshea-Harris/dp/0998276316 Find The Podcast on Facebook.com/playspod Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/416988-a-word-on-plays and join the discussion.||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow I learned to Drive with Ruth Eitemiller||This Month, We talk about "How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel with Ruth Eitemiller. How we approach a difficult situation as artists? How do we approach it as audiences? What is our responsibility to painful subject matter over ourselves? Next month's play will be The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh: http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/plays/the-new-electric-ballroom-iid-141247 Join the conversation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playspod Or Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/416988-a-word-on-plays||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrides of the Moon with Anne Conte||This month, I talk to Anne Conte about Brides of the Moon by the Five Lesbian Brothers. Anne is volunteer coordinator at 18th & Union and all around "theater opportunist." We talk about jokes that fall flat on the page, when writing for your own acting works as art, and Anne recommends "How I learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel which is totally available at the Seattle Public Library, but also available here: https://www.amazon.com/How-I-Learned-Drive-Acting/dp/082221623X Anne works at 18th & Union as volunteer coordinator, and you can see a bunch of inspired original theater for free if you volunteer with her. Visit https://18thandunion.org/ Like the pod on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playspod/ Join the discussion on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/416988-a-word-on-plays Here is the article I referred to at the end of the pod: https://www.americantheatre.org/2018/03/12/the-enduring-lessons-of-how-i-learned-to-drive/ and check out my new Amazon ideas list: http://a.co/hxbEgtL||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Miss Firecracker Contest with Isis||Isis is a Seattle actress that has a reputation for connecting to characters with depth and soul. On and off the stage, Isis has insight and instinct full of empathy. The perfect guest for a Beth Henley, character forward, play. We notably miss the mark on our understanding of Southern Culture, but we discuss character, what it means to be an actor, and feminist stories. The Miss Firecracker Contest: https://www.amazon.com/Firecracker-Contest-Acting-Theater-Productions/dp/0822207621 Isis King: http://talent.tpsonline.org/?M=11953 https://www.facebook.com/playspod/ https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/416988-a-word-on-plays||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Theater lovers and prducers at all levels should listen to the thorough and insightful discussions in "A Word on Plays". I'm definitely looking forward to the next episode!
This is a very thoughtful and well done podcast that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in theater, whether they are a newbie or a veteran of the craft!