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Category: Season 2

Sensitive Guys – MJ Kaufman

On today’s podcast, I caught up with playwright, MJ Kaufman via Skype to talk about Interact Theatre Company’s World Premiere production of “Sensitive Guys”. MJ’s work has received a lot of attention this season but, this interview focuses on the development of this piece in the time of “Times Up” and on the heels of the news of Drexel’s recent campus assault that was developing as we connected. Stay Tuned!

Photo Credit: http://mjkaufman.com

ABOUT SENSITIVE GUYS

Takes place on the campus of a small liberal arts college where a pair of extracurricular programs, the student-led Men’s Peer Education Group and women’s Survivor Support Group, work together on an ambitious plan to unlearn sexism and totally eradicate all sexual violence everywhere within just five years. Everything seems to be on track – until an incident throws all their ideals into question. Beginning as a satirical look at hyper-progressivism and modern gender tropes, the play casts a long shadow, asking what change might actually be possible when complicity is assured—intentionally or inadvertently—in the monolith of male-dominated society.

MJ Kaufman (Playwright) is a playwright and devised theater artist working in New York and Philadelphia. Their work has been seen at the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, the New Museum, Colt Coeur, National Asian American Theater Company, Huntington Theatre, and Yale School of Drama and performed in Russian in Moscow. In Philadelphia MJ has worked with InterAct, Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Headlong Dance Theater as an incubated artist. They taught at University of the Arts and served as a Teaching Artist in Residence at Philadelphia Young Playwrights.  MJ also received a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant and a project grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. MJ is currently a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers’ Group, WP Theater Lab, and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. MJ has co-curated the 2016 and 2017 Trans Theater Festivals at The Brick and will launch Trans Lab, a fellowship for trans theater artists, in January 2018.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://interacttheatre.org and http://MJKaufman.com

 

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Discovering what powers Power Street?

On today’s podcast, I give the microphone to Founding and Managing Director, Gabriela Sanchez, Artistic Director, Erlina Ortiz and Resident Director, Asaki Kuruma. Meet Power Street Theatre Company. Coming up, #NewWorldMatriarchy, Womyn of Color Love Slam.  This multi-cultural group is unapologetically fierce and brings the community together with themes that are all to familiar. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT POWER STREET THEATRE COMPANY

Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC) is home to a collective of fierce multicultural and multidisciplinary artists dedicated to the mission of empowering marginalized artists and communities of color throughout Philadelphia and beyond.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://powerstreettheatre.com

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Terrell Green “Must Go On”

On today’s podcast, I caught up with Terrell Green whose remount of his one-man show, “Must Go On: A Rite of Passage” kicks off a new year. From, struggles with addiction to yoga sessions, the production  takes a look back in an attempt to resonate, educate in a quest to find a safe space. Stay Tuned.

Local Artist Uses Theatre To Create Community Dialogue on the State of Mental Health in the Black LGBTQ Community

Local Artist Terrell M. Green is utilizing theatre in a new and innovative way; as a means to create community conversations about the Black Gay Male experience. Must Go On (#MGO) uses yoga, African-dance influenced movement, spoken word/monologue performance, video projection, and music to examine the health and wellness of Black Gay Men, while fighting for their identities to be accepted. Must Go On: A Rite of Passage, is a one man show, written and performed by Terrell Green. This is it’s third public performance.There will be a post show community conversation explore the direct link between identity inclusion and it’s impact on one’s mental/physical wellness.

www.mustgoon.eventbrite.com
#mustgoon #mgo

Sat 1/6/18 at 7pm
Sun 1/7/18 at 6pm

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A Few Men Of Color

Terrell Green, Ozzie Jones and Brian Anthony Wilson talk inclusion, diversity and race in our creative community.

Four men of color pull up to a mic and talk diversity, inclusion and race in the Philadelphia Theatre Community. While this is not a complete reflection of our cultural makeup, these voices paint a picture that may not be as clear to all but, are views through a lens that is worth a look. This, I hope, will be the start of many conversations that bring to light the extremely complex mission of a great cultural community as change is demanded and the conversation continues. Today, I am joined by Terrell Green, Ozzie Jones, and Brian Anthony Wilson. Stay Tuned.

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The New Normal of Arts Journalism – Panel

On today’s podcast, Philadelphia Theatre Company played host to 6 influential voices who were brought together to discuss Arts Journalism in conjunction with “Mike Daisey’s This Is Not Normal & The End of Journalism”. Stay Tuned!

A panel discussion, moderated by award-winning playwright Jackie Goldfinger, featuring Michael Riedel, New York Post columnist and author of Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway; John Timpane, Media and Fine Arts Editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer; John Moore, Senior Arts Journalist for Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Chris Jones, Chief Theatre Critic for the Chicago Tribune; and Wendy Rosenfield, Editor-in-Chief for the Broad Street Review.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1520357331373836/

 

 

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Get to know Theatrical Trainer

On today’s podcast, we get to know Theatrical Trainer. Health and wellness are a huge part of everyday life. Of course, we know that the life of an artist can be an adventure. If only there were a team of dedicated artists who understand the plight and has a direct focus on the maintenance required to be a working artist. That is what I sought to find out when I sat down with Theatrical Trainer, a Personal Training Company by Theatre artists, for theatre artists and beyond. With the understanding of be working artists combined with health and wellness practices, all signs point to, let’s find out. So, here’s our interview with Theatrical Trainer at Rep Radio, Studio D, for The Drake. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT THEATRICAL TRAINER

Theatrical Trainer is a theatrical conditioning and In-Home Personal Training company located in Center City, Philadelphia.

With the help and support of our staff at Theatrical Trainer you’ll get personal training in the comfort of your own home or local park and get results without the commitments or expense of a gym/studio. Workouts are fun, challenging, convenient, semi-private/private, affordable and completely safe. Our staff not only provides general personal training, but workshops, movement coaching and choreography as well. We service the theater and film industry, both conditioning actors and providing physical theater training to your cast, educational program or company.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://theatricaltrainer.com

 

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1812’s Buyer & Cellar

After a long day, I wanted to make this easy. So, a casual conversation about the many “wigs” Dito van Reigersberg wears lightens the mood. During the rehearsal for Buyer & Cellar, Dito had another “Pig Iron” in the fire. Fringe Arts, the artistic overload that welcomes in our theatre season, needed his attention as well. I ask about switching gears and turning the rest off in order to focus on becoming Alex. Of course, he is a professional. Of course, he knows how to do that. But, most theatre lovers see the polished presentation of all the hard work and not always do they get to hear about the process. Stay Tuned.

ABOUT BUYER & CELLAR

Just fired from a stint working at a California theme park (mouse ears, anyone?), Alex More is an underemployed actor looking for a new gig when, out of the blue, the biggest piece of theatre in the world just happens to find him.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://1812productions.org

 

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Almanac – Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes

On today’s podcast, we meet Almanac, an interdisciplinary theatre group whose production of “Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes” runs through Fringe Arts at the Painted Bride Arts Center. I have been aware of Almanac for a while now, often in the building they are performing in for another production. Now, we get a chance to find out more about their work, process, practices and inspirations. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES

From the company behind Exile 2588 comes a re-envisioning of Almanac’s acclaimed tale of sublime human idiocy, isolationist seafarer cults, & the absurdity of believing too hard. Breathtaking acrobatics & earnest theatricality combine with brand new live music. What do people do when they find themselves lost at sea?

Called “The little dance theatre troupe that could” by Philadelphia’s City Paper, Almanac was founded in 2013 by Nick Gillette and Ben Grinberg, graduates of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, with Adam Kerbel, a graduate of the Headlong Performance Institute. The company pursues present performance at the edge of what is possible, through playful honesty.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION

https://www.thealmanac.us

http://fringearts.com/event/leaps-faith-mistakes/

 

 

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74 seconds…or more, with Kash Goins

On today’s podcast, I met with Kash Goins whose GoKash OnSTAGE is in residency at Arden Theatre Company. Following his work over the years, it was great to chat with him about the production, “Seventy IV seconds…to judgement”, the second installment of his justice series.

ABOUT “SEVENTY IV seconds…to judgement”

What is “Justifiable Homicide”? What roles do paranoia, race, and fear play in a split decision to kill? Should social class, personal histories, or individual assumptions factor into a months’ long evaluation of justice? Is there enough space for the application of law in a killing which takes seconds to commit? Who are we, who decide? How are we to decide?

In the next installment of his justice series, “Seventy IV Seconds… to judgment”, Kash Goins introduces us to a jury of 6 who have been deadlocked for over a week. In an attempt to uncover the truth buried in the facts as presented in the case, the youngest juror who is not much different from a central figure in the killing, offers a unique tactic. An exercise purposed to move the jury beyond feelings which are buried beneath the cover of what they’ve come to accept as their personal truths. To be heard. To listen. To process the law as instructed.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://ardentheatre.org

 

 

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