Pirate burlesque aboard the tall ship Gazela

On today’s podcast, we are joined by Shoshanna Ruth Green and Cubby Altobelli of burlesque troupe The Seven Deadly Seas for a little scripted “yes, and-ing.” We talk about their upcoming production, The Greater of Two Evils, on the barquentine Gazela, which is once more ready to board after a two-year repair hiatus.

The Seven Deadly Seas set sail with (l to r): Kimberlie Cruse, Cubby Altobelli, Shoshanna Green. (Photo by Hope Corse)

The show, a full-length burlesque play, takes a look at present-day politics through the eyes of real-life pirates Calico Jack Rackham, Anne Bonney, and Mary Reed. At this theater-in-the-round and under-the-stars experience, our antiheroes drink, fight, sing, and, yes, strip. The Seven Deadly Seas are an offshoot of the much-loved and dearly departed Cabaret Red Light. Proceeds from this show will help support the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild’s efforts to restore and maintain the historic Tall Ship Gazela and Tug Jupiter.

Enjoy this week’s REP Radio podcast.

Better living through absurdism

In our first podcast with Rep Radio, host Darnelle Radford interviews Tina Brock, artistic director of Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC), about Into the Absurd, the company’s recent staged reading of Samuel Beckett’s and Harold Pinter’s radio plays. IRC is committed to producing classic absurdist theater, as reflected in their company motto: “We bring good nothingness to life.”

Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s Tina Brock, looking not at all ridiculous. (Photo courtesy of IRC)

Into the Absurd featured Beckett’s “Rough for Radio II” and Pinter’s “Family Voices.” In this podcast, Radford and Brock discuss the relevance of a radio play in today’s multimedia-saturated environment. They also look at absurdism in the context of today’s political climate. It should surprise no one that absurdism is still a pretty good fit in 2016.

Enjoy the conversation.