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Bainbridge Pod Accomplice
51 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
141: Words in the Woods
In the season finale of the Bainbridge Pod Accomplice, we’ll hear from Sara Brickman, Artist in Residence at The Bloedel Reserve, in conversation with Holly Hughes. They’ll perform a reading of poems from their manuscript Little Houdini, and share poems from Field Guide – a series of poems that look at the body as a landscape, and discuss Sara’s relationship with The Bloedel Reserve. ABOUT SARA Sara Brickman is a writer, performer, and community organizer from Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the 2015 Split This Rock Poetry Prize, and a five-time member of Seattle slam teams, Sara has received grants and scholarships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and more. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and a Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, Sara’s poems and prose appear in Narrative, Adriot, BOAAT, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where she teaches writing to youth and adults, and parents a cat named Latke. “My first collection, Little Houdini, catalogs my own experiences of abuse to turn a lens on gendered violence and the lasting impacts of trauma. These poems use the archetype of escape artists to challenge the victim narrative I was expected to claim as a survivor of sexual violence, and explore escape and the body: whether that be a rebellion against binary gender or the numbness and self-distancing that PTSD forges. We often speak of nature as a form of escape: we talk of “unplugging,” “leaving the world behind” or conversely, of the natural world being the “real” world. But who and what gets to be “real,” and who is able to escape to another world, has deep political implications for those already othered by society. Even access to the outdoors is a fraught question if you do not fall cleanly on one side of the gender-binary: for us, entering nature carries as many fears for our own safety as life in the city. The plants and animals may be the only ones who do not question our validity as ourselves, yet even alone with them, we carry that weight. ABOUT HOLLY HUGHES Holly J. Hughes is the author of Hold Fast, Sailing by Ravens, coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, and editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. Her fine art chapbook Passings received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 2017. She’s a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, where she served on the staff for 13 years, in addition to teaching writing at community colleges for several decades. She currently leads writing and mindfulness workshops in Alaska and the northwest and consults as a writing coach.
41 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
140: Spotlight on Dinah Manoff
Tony Award winning actress Dinah Manoff reunites with author and playwright Warren Read to discuss her debut novel, The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold. Jackie's journey is a coming of age in Hollywood, both treacherous and hilarious. A story of secrets revealed and relationships shattered and mended. Manoff and Read previously collaborated on two of Read’s short plays, which were both directed and produced by Manoff. Listen here to Dinah and Warren’s April chat about Warren’s new book, One Simple Thing. THE REAL TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY OF JACKIE GOLD Jackie Gold is a tabloid cover girl with a walk-in closet full of secrets and a pack of bloodthirsty paparazzi snapping at her high-heels. From the hospital bed where she lies fighting for her life, Jackie narrates in flashbacks, while press and public speculate on everything from whether "Jackie's Jump!" was a suicide attempt, to whether or not her breasts are real. The novel switches back and forth from the life-or-death drama unfolding in the hospital and Jackie's reflections on her improbable show business upbringing and the events that led her to this moment in time. When we meet Jackie she is at the peak of her career. She's been offered the role of a lifetime and her equally famous boyfriend is People's Sexiest Man of the Year. But her life takes an unexpected and terrible turn when the paparazzi storm her hotel room... “...And not until my robe billows up over my head like a broken parachute do I realize I have missed the mark. I wish I could tell you that my life then went before me in slow motion, or that I thought of Brett, or my family, or even about how Nicole had betrayed me, but my last thought before striking the rocks was, Thank God I’m wearing nice underwear.” — THE REAL TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY OF JACKIE GOLD
54 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
139: The Catch Phrases with Peter Mehlman
Peter Mehlman went from writing sports to writing Seinfeld and gave us characters and catchphrases we’ll never forget. In this episode, comedian Dan Rosenberg interviews Peter about his journey from playing basketball in college to writing some of the funniest moments on one of the funniest shows ever written. After years on staff writing for Seinfeld in New York, he went moved to sunnier skies and palm trees, writing for another hit show, “It’s Like, You Know," and has even written a few books in recent years. Catch up with Dan & Peter and have a few laughs along the way in today’s episode: “The Catch Phrases” Born in Queens, New York. Attended the University of Maryland. Interned, then worked at The Washington Post. Wrote & produced the TV series “SportsBeat” with the great Howard Cosell. Freelance magazine writer in New York. He moved to Los Angeles in 1989, bumped into his friend Larry David. Showed him a humor piece he wrote for the New York Times. Jerry Seinfeld liked it too and yada yada yada, he gets on the show. Peter wrote and produced Seinfeld for six year. He’s best known for his classic Seinfeld-isms: “Spongeworthy,” “shrinkage,” and “double-dipping.” He joined DreamWorks in 1997 and created the TV show “It’s Like, You Know…,” a scathing look at life in Los Angeles. He punched up the animated kid flick Madagascar and gets a hypochondriacal giraffe named after him. He’s still writing. Screenplays, novels, op-eds, lists. He dabbles in stand-up and doodles subconsciously. He shoots hoops and lives in LA with his dog Ike. Dan Rosenberg was born in a tiny suburb of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania called Beaver Falls (more like a suburb of that suburb called Chippewa Township) and lived in the third unit of a duplex. His father was a self employed auto parts peddler that loved baseball and apple pie with cheese on it. He would often work late in his parts store trying to invent things that already existed, like the telephone or thumb tacks. His mother was a florist, an artist and a part time immigration attorney focusing on citizens of Armenia and West Virginia. He graduated in the upper 10% of the lower third of his high school class and was an active member of the "Tall Guy's That Can't Play Hoops" club as well as the Jazz Band, where he was fourteenth chair tenor tuba. Several years ago, he walked into a comedy club and his life was forever changed. “The club was also a cult and they ‘recruited’ me to serve as their light bulb changer.” He’s done stand-up comedy and writing ever since. he’s written several spec scripts, like, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Office," and a killer "Too Close for Comfort." ("Monroe Gets a Job") He’s also written for several radio shows as well as two books. The first "The Book on Hosting: How Not to Suck as an Emcee" and "The Book on Vacuums: The Joke Sometimes Writes Itself.” Check out Dan’s comedy special on Amazon Prime.
37 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
138: Dancers, GO!
High school seniors Max VanNocken-Whitmer and Sarah Balding can always count on dance to let them express themselves, even as a global pandemic prevents them from performing for an audience. Listen to our latest episode as Max & Sarah talk about their passion for dance and their love of Bainbridge Dance Center’s role in their lives. They’ll talk about their past experiences and future dreams, including the upcoming BDC virtual production of Paquita, which tells the story of a young girl who is unaware that she is really of noble birth and was abducted when she was an infant after the assassination of her parents. She wins the love of the young French officer, Lucien d’Hervilly, when she saves his life. Details available at bainbridgedancecenter.com/paquita. ABOUT SARAH: Sarah Balding is a 17-year-old high school senior who's been dancing for 13 years and plans to continue dance in college. She has studied a variety of dance styles in her life, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and more. She has been dancing with Bainbridge Dance Center for two years and says it is, by far, one of her best dance experiences. She feels she has grown so much as a dancer through BDC and all of the teachers are amazing. She plans on going to Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania this fall. ABOUT MAX: Max VanNocken-Witmer is currently a senior at Bainbridge High School. In the fall, he plans to attend The University of Utah to study Modern Dance and Environmental Science. Max started dancing in his parents' bedroom to old CD's and was then enrolled in dance classes at Bainbridge Dance Center. Max has always had a strong passion for all forms of dance and wants to continue exploring new styles and sharing his passion with everyone willing to listen (or watch). ABOUT BAINBRIDGE DANCE CENTER Founded in 1981, Bainbridge Dance Center is dedicated to providing high-quality dance education focused on cultivating curiosity, generosity, and professionalism. We provide students with a high level of professional technical training as well as the development of a healthy sense of self-esteem, a joy for learning, a respect for others, and a broad basis for a lifetime of art appreciation and participation. Visit: https://www.bainbridgedancecenter.com/
71 minutes | May 28, 2021
137: Rock from the Rock
In this episode, local musicians Korum Bischoff of the Grammy-nominated band Recess Monkey and Leah Julius of Thunderpussy catch up on old times and new. These longtime friends deep dive into their personal histories. From Korum getting his first music gig playing the drum roll for BPA's groundbreaking event in 1992, to the moment they met when Leah began taking drum lessons from Korum at age 10, they'll cover how their lives (and the music that fills them) have progressed over the years. With the COVID-19 pandemic giving them both plenty of time to reflect on their relationships with music, they'll discuss how it's just as easy to lose touch with your creative outlet as it is to find a new one when the world turns upside down. Between Korum's new love for recording music at home and Leah's desire to go back to school to get a degree in public policy, both know they have a voice and are not afraid to use it. ABOUT KORUM Music has always been an important part of Korum's life. Some of his earliest memories were of hanging out in the studio, bashing on his dad’s drums and piano. He attended Edmonds Community College and became the drummer for their internationally recognized vocal jazz ensemble Soundsation. After a life-changing sailing adventure with his family, he returned to the Pacific Northwest and studied music at the UW and started teaching drums privately. After a break from gigging to raise two kids, he re-entered the music scene in a genre that worked perfectly for a parent of two small boys—as a drummer in the family music genre, first with The Johnny Bregar Band and then since 2012 with Recess Monkey. ABOUT LEAH Over more than a decade of writing, recording, and performing music, Seattle based musician, Leah Julius, has become a mainstay of the Pacific Northwest music community. She is a founding member and drummer of the band Sundries and bass player for the Seattle rock band, Thunderpussy. In addition to the achievements of her respective bands, Leah is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy and has shared the stage and collaborated in the recording studio with some of the most accomplished musicians in the world including Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, KT Tunstall, and Brandi Carlile.
50 minutes | May 21, 2021
136: Speaking of Food
As a part of his Covid pivot, Bainbridge Island chef Brendan McGill started a CSA program to provide a conduit between his restaurants’ small farm food sources and his admiring clients’ dining tables. The ever-morphing result is a weekly box of high quality ingredients with a newsletter advising on the source of each item and how Brendan would prepare them in his own kitchen. In this podcast, Joseph Lacko, a business associate and friend of Brendan’s, has a conversation with him about the program’s origins and operations.
67 minutes | May 14, 2021
135: Spotlight on Island Theatre
Island Theatre cofounders Kate Meyers and Steve Stolee discuss the origins and history of Island Theatre, the company's evolution from a more-or-less conventional community theater, to finding a niche with a small room, on-book performances, and the annual Ten Minute Play Festival. Friends for nearly forty years, Steve and Kate will also share stories of the local theatre scene in the eighties, including their first exposure to the community, the Susie Glass Burdick production of Grease, and how it led to an international musical theatre collaboration with a theatre company in Siberia. ABOUT ISLAND THEATRE Incorporated in 1994, Island Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit community theater company in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Specializing in theatrical presentations mainly by and for adults, it has three main performing components: Island Theatre At The Library, a bi-monthly series of on-book performances at the Bainbridge Library; Island Theatre At Your House (YoHo), a bi-monthly series of open play readings hosted in private homes; and Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival, an annual juried short play invitational and presentation of selected plays held at Bainbridge Performing Arts. KATE MEYERS Kate received her B.A. in Theatre from Washington State University and first set foot on BPA’s stage almost 35 years ago. Kate cherishes the many roles she has played at BPA since then, from backstage crew to actor, board member (co-chairing the initial Capital Campaign to build BPA’s playhouse), and Director. Onstage, Kate has played roles in Grease, Marvin’s Room, Blithe Spirit, The Butler Did It, and You Can’t Take it With You. Her directing credits at BPA have ranged from the classical (Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing) to comedic (Art; Picasso at the Lapin Agile), dramatic (The Kentucky Cycle, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Grapes of Wrath, Amadeus, Arcadia), and – more recently – to contemporary “dramedies” (The Revolutionists, August: Osage County). Kate’s plays often take deep dives into the human condition, examining history, culture, and the importance of family. Several have contemplated art and the nature of artistic genius, as well as quantum physics, and even time travel. STEVE STOLEE Steve Stolee is a freelance photographer, videographer, graphic designer, Bainbridge Islander since 1979, and a BFA from U.W. School of Art. He is a cofounder of Island Theatre and managing Director of the I.T. Ten-Minute Play Festival; a 2019 recipient of the Island Treasure Award for Arts and Humanities, cofounder of The Picture Project, and creator of the documentary film, “Another Man’s Treasure,” a story about the biggest rummage sale in the world. An honest man and a hell of a nice guy, he proudly claims to have danced with the great Cloris Leachman at the Port Townsend Film Festival.
34 minutes | May 7, 2021
134: The EDGE Noir
What happens when the city that barely ever sleeps finds out one morning that it can’t wake up? All the joe has lost its jolt. This is a job for the woman detective who sees all, Harriet Eyeball, Private Eye in “The Coffee Caper,” an all-improvised Noir Radio Drama based on listener suggestions. Tune in as The EDGE troupe members Todd Erler, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Chris Soldevilla, Ken Ballenger, John Ellis, and Andrew Shields tackle the case. TODD ERLER Todd is very lucky. He had the good fortune of being trained in the art of improv in the early nineties by some of the Chicagoans who were pioneers in that field. Since then Todd has led two and a half improv groups, taught improv classes, worked with Unexpected Productions in Seattle and now gets to perform with The EDGE. Todd teaches in the amazing Odyssey program for the Bainbridge Island School District. He is also a musician who writes and performs his own music and plays Irish pub tunes locally as one half of the duo Rye and Barley. Sometimes Todd is cast in shows at BPA or with Island Theater's library plays. He even gets to direct a show every now and then. At one time Todd was the artistic director of the Jewel Box Theater in Poulsbo and wrote an improv blog called “Improvmantra.” CYNTHIA LAIR Cynthia has authored three cookbooks, Feeding the Whole Family (currently in its fourth edition), Feeding the Young Athlete, and the latest – Sourdough on the Rise (admit it, you love bread too), which hit the ground baking in 2019. She’s been a professor at Bastyr University since the movie Pulp Fiction gave us a start (look it up). Find out “How to Cut an Onion” via her Tedx Rainier talk on YouTube. Improv has become her new occupation as she is also a company member and teacher for Unexpected Productions at the Market Theater. She claims, “Doing improv balances real and imaginary life for me. With the real part being what happens on stage.” SUSAN MACPHERSON Susan started taking Improv classes in the early 1980's as a way to bypass the “Seattle Freeze” (the phenomenon where it is very hard to make friends when new to the city). She improvized her way right past that and went on the be one of the first founding women in Seattle TheatreSports as well as performing with None of The Above, Seattle Improv, and Unexpected Productions for many years before joining The EDGE. For money, she has managed retail stores, had her own line of jewelry for 10 years at Pike Market, been a breakfast chef at an all-treehouse resort owned by the Treehouse Master (Pete Nelson), and finally settled on work she absolutely loves for the last 22 years helping new families as a Postpartum Doula and Certified Baby Sleep Consultant. (Yes, she can get babies to sleep.) Susan is the proud mother of Geo- scientist, Carson, who is going for her Ph.D. in Geo-Hazard Mitigation. In Susan’s non-existent spare time, she can be seen camping in “Primrose”, her 1970-vintage, British caravan. CHRIS SOLDEVILLA Chris has done Improv in Boston, L.A. as well as here on Bainbridge and teaches improvisors young and old at his acting/improv workshop The Studio Bainbridge. He has appeared on screens big and small and locally in BPA’s productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Twelve Angry Men, True West, and The Tempest. He got acclaim for his roles in Swinging Hammer’s American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross. Chris approaches life like he does improv: he makes it up on the spot…and asks complete strangers for suggestions. Online at www.thestudiobainbridge.com. KEN BALLENGER Ken has been performing in the Seattle area for over 30 years. You may have seen him on stage, in commercials, and if you were alert at a few low budget movies, you may have spotted him. He is one of the founding members of The EDGE. In addition to performing he has taught workshops, practices karate, and, now retired, is enjoying life and carving things with a chain saw. JOHN KENYON ELLIS John is happy to be back for season 24 of The EDGE. “Thanks Bainbridge for supporting The EDGE for all these years!!” Besides Improv, John has appeared on this stage in Noises Off, Annie, Born Yesterday, Guys and Dolls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, ‘Art’ and Sylvia. He appeared as Falstaff in Merry Wives at Bloedel, and he most recently played a dream role as Andrey Botvinnick in InD’s production of Walk in the Woods. John was awarded the Island Treasure in 2018 for his years in The EDGE and on stage. “Miss you Frank! ONWARD!” ANDREW SHIELDS Andrew has been called “a musical genius,” “phenomenal,” “immensely talented,” and “an unending source of irritation.” During his Wonder Bread years Andrew was fortunate to study piano under someone who studied under someone who studied under Liszt who studied under Beethoven who studied under Mozart. Andrew has a BA in Music from Stanford, where he won the Undergraduate Prize in Composition. More recently, he wrote the music, lyrics, and script for the original Reefer Madness: The Musical, as well as music, lyrics, and (with fellow EDGE member John Ellis) script for the musical Harry Tracy: A Bainbridge Bandit. He has music-directed shows at BPA, ACT, Village Theater, Tacoma Actors’ Guild, the Bathhouse Theater, and Second Story Repertory, among others, and played Harold Hill in The Music Man and Tito Merelli in Lend Me a Tenor at BPA. In his spare time Andrew practices medicine and spends time with his phenomenal wife and two immensely talented daughters.
54 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
133: Young Poets Society
When Amanda Gorman took the inaugural stage on January 20th, she inspired the nation with her dazzling vision of hope. She also made poetry cool again. In this episode, eight young poets share their own hopes, inspiration, and poetry in a series of conversations with Bainbridge High School 9th grader, Evelyn Cantwell. Four of them are from Kitsap County, and four attend New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While the two groups are geographically distant, they are bound by their mutual love of truth-seeking and the interplay of rhythm and words. “THE GREAT CONJUNCTION” BY MADISON GRANDT “WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO BE LIKE RAIN” BY CLAIRE ATKINSON “650” BY AUDREY NELSON “PINK” BY ALLIE PAULSON-HOUSER “FOR THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WANTED TO BELIEVE IN GOD, OR FOR FATHERS RAISING CHRISTIAN DAUGHTERS” BY SKYE BOWDON “WORD TO EVERYTHING I LOVE” BY OZ LESHAM “CONFINED” BY NEVE NAKTIN “SPEECH #9/FOR USE ON GOVERNORS AND STATE REPRESENTATIVES” BY ARTEMISIO ROMERO Y CARVER CLAIRE ATKINSON- “WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO BE LIKE RAIN” Claire, a 16 year-old junior at CKHS, hopes to inspire and connect with others through her poems. In her humble opinion, written language is one of the best tools to connect with others and spark change. She hopes to pursue a career in the sciences, enjoys music, and loves reading. AUDREY NELSON - “650” Audrey is a 17-year-old writer and optimist. She’s currently a senior at Bainbridge High School, with tentative plans to pursue urban studies and radio journalism in college. When she's not writing, she enjoys gathering entries for her Good Things List, playing amateur guitar, and hanging out with friends. ALLIE PAULSON-HOUSER - “PINK” Allie is a 7th grader at Hyla Middle School. She likes to write poetry, songs, and books. Allie also plays basketball, water polo, and takes horse riding lessons. She loves a wild game of kick-the-can. And pickles. Allie loves pickles. SKYE BOWDON - “FOR THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WANTED TO BELIEVE IN GOD, OR FOR FATHERS RAISING CHRISTIAN DAUGHTERS” Skye is a sophomore poet at New Mexico School for the Arts. Her work has been published in Dreams of Montezuma, An Anthology of Poetry and Prose New Mexico School for the Arts, Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine, and Ice lolly Review. Skye was a silver key medalist in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work is inspired by her home in Santa Fe, her family, and the nature she grew up around. OZ LESHAM - “WORD TO EVERYTHING I LOVE” Oz is a fifteen year old poet from Taos, New Mexico. He is a Sophomore in the Creative Writing program at New Mexico School for the Arts. Oz was a finalist for the 2020 Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate and is a national medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. His work has been published in Cathartic Literary Magazine, Ice Lolly Review, Clear Skies Zine, and Dreams of Montezuma: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose, among others. Oz was selected as a 2020 Miller Scholar for excellence in Creative Writing and is the recipient of the New Mexico State New York Life Award. NEVE NAKTIN - “CONFINED” Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Neve has lived in both California and Pennsylvania. She eventually ended up back in Santa Fe where she attended 7th and 8th grade at Santa Fe Preparatory School. She was drawn to the creative writing program at New Mexico School for the Arts where she could deepen and expand her writing skills. Neve is currently a freshman. ARTEMISIO ROMERO Y CARVER - “SPEECH #9/FOR USE ON GOVERNORS AND STATE REPRESENTATIVES” Artemisio is an artist, poet, and grassroots organizer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. His writing has appeared in publications that include Rigorous Literary Journal, Inlandia Literary Journal, Tumbleweeds Magazine, and Magma Poetry. Artemisio is Santa Fe’s Youth Poet Laureate. He is a high school senior at the New Mexico School for the Arts. https://www.artemisioromeroycarver.com/ EVELYN CANTWELL Evelyn has grown up on Bainbridge Island, finding her favorite creative outlet at Bainbridge Performing Arts. She loves reading and listening to poetry and has enjoyed interviewing the incredibly talented poets featured on this episode. Evelyn is currently a freshman at Bainbridge High School.
50 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
132: Only Connect
THE LESSER-KNOWN PLAYERS PRESENTS ONLY CONNECT BY MARIA VIERA BEATTY | DIRECTED BY KAREN HAUSER Image credit: Donna Cohen In Maria Viera Beatty’s Only Connect, the lives of five lonely people randomly intersect for fleeting moments in a neighborhood bar. The play is about relationships that never develop and opportunities that are lost because of the changing values of contemporary society, which make it impossible for us to “only connect.” The play features Heather Burger, Evan Lenz, Wayne Purves, Alex Sanso, Tyler Weaver, and composer Jon Brenner. THE LESSER-KNOWN PLAYERS The Lesser-Known Players aims to provide our community with exposure to new, rare, unusual, and/or out-of-mainstream theatrical works. Through these lesser-known works we seek to foster community engagement, dialogue, and understanding of history, politics, and the different ways of living, thinking, believing, and behaving in society, and to provide more opportunities for inclusion in the performing arts to traditionally underrepresented groups.
29 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
131: La Fiesta de la Música
This week’s episode brings you the color and flair of Latin-America’s 19th and 20th century music. From the Caribbean all the way to La Patagonia, you will be enchanted by the melancholic atmosphere of Cuban contradanzas, the ebullience of Brazilian maxixe, and the dramatic passion of Argentinian tango. BAHIA BLANCA BY CARLOS DI SARLI | ARRANGED BY PEGGY BRADY AND ALLAN BRIGHTON PEGGY BRADY, VIOLINS | ALLAN BRIGHTON, PIANO, BASS, AND ACCORDION DANZAS CUBANAS BY IGNACIO CERVANTES | ARRANGED BY PATRICIA RUDISILL LOS TRES GOLPES | NO ME TOQUES | SIEMPRE SÍ| NO BAILES MAS PAT STRANGE AND JUSTINE JEANOTTE, VIOLINS | TOM MONK, VIOLA | ARLAYNE ESEMAN, CELLO CLASSIC BRAZILIAN DANCES BY ERNESTO NAZARETH | ARRANGED BY PATRICIA RUDISILL BREJEIRO | ODEON PAT STRANGE AND JUSTINE JEANOTTE, VIOLINS | TOM MONK, VIOLA | ARLAYNE ESEMAN, CELLO LA BELLA CUBANA BY JOSE WHITE PAT STRANGE AND JUSTINE JEANOTTE, VIOLINS | TOM MONK, VIOLA | ARLAYNE ESEMAN, CELLO PEGGY BRADY – VIOLIN 'Peggy Brady, violinist, studied at the Universität für Musik and darstellende Kunst in Vienna and Arizona State University in the 70’s. She has been a member of the first violin section of the Phoenix Symphony, the violin section of the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, the Braunschweig Staatsoper Orchestra, Principal Second Violin and Assistant Concertmaster of the Napa Valley Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Marin Symphony. In 2004 she founded the Eloquence String Quartet and Trio of Napa Valley. The group is now in high demand for weddings and vineyard events throughout Napa and Sonoma. Soon to become a full time resident of Bainbridge Island, Peggy is enjoying a new musical project called “Olympic Serenade” – playing chamber music with other members of the Bainbridge Island Symphony. ALLAN BRIGHTON – PIANO, BASS, AND ACCORDION “I'm not a professional musician like my sister, but I was always interested in many different kinds of music. Site-reading piano notes is something I do nearly every day, but it is not my strongest point, so I prefer to play by ear when possible. That is one reason I started learning figured bass and playing harpsichord (and sometimes organ) in a small early music group. The idea was that I would only have to read the bass notes and could improvise the chords, similar to playing Jazz piano with a lead sheet. I had accordion lessons as a kid and later picked up piano on my own, learning jazz chords and figured bass from books and from listening to music. Lately I've been listening to some great tango nuevo music, and although that style of playing is new for me, I wanted to give it a try. “My day job (which I do from home, mostly at night) is working as a freelance software developer on a large telescope project. When I'm not working or playing music, I like to take long bike rides around the Bavarian countryside and in the foothills of the Alps. I moved here after meeting a German girl in Ireland when I was in my early twenties. One set of twins and three grandchildren later I'm still here. “Even when there is no global pandemic, Peggy and I live far apart and don't often get to play music together, so I'm glad we found a way to do it remotely. For me, in a way, it is easier than playing live, since I can practice the piece first and record small pieces of it at a time, at a slower speed if needed. Using a MIDI keyboard, computer and sequencer makes it easier for me, as an amateur musician, to get a good sound, without having to have the piano in perfect tune and have the best microphones. You can even edit out small mistakes afterwards, which seems a little like cheating, but gets the desired end result.” PATRICIA STRANGE – VIOLIN Pat is a performer of traditional and contemporary violin literature and has performed throughout the US and Europe. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Calif. State University Fullerton and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Calif. San Diego. Before moving to Bainbridge Island in 2001 she held the position of Principal Second violin with the San Jose Symphony. She is currently the Concertmaster of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, founder and director of Bridges; A String Orchestra and has frequently performed with Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest and BPA’s musical theatre productions. JUSTINE JEANOTTE – VIOLIN Justine was born in The Netherlands, where she began her violin studies at the age of eight. Since receiving her degree in Violin Performance from Pacific Lutheran University, she has played with the Tacoma Symphony, Kitsap Opera, Peninsula Ballet Orchestra, and Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. Currently she teaches the strings classes at Madrona School as well as privately. She has also played, recorded, and toured both nationally and internationally with the bands "Paundy" and "Before Cars". TOM MONK – VIOLA Tom Monk started playing the violin at age eight while a 3rd grader in the California public schools. By the time he had graduated from Issaquah High School he had been a violinist in the Seattle Youth Symphony for three years, had been the concert master of the Washington All State Orchestra, and had won a Poncho Scholarship to study with Maybeth Pressley of the Seattle Symphony. While attending Harvard College he played the Boston premiere of Mendelssohn's First Violin Concerto in d minor (written when the composer was 13 years old and only rediscovered by Yehudi Menuhin in 1951) with the Harvard/Radcliffe orchestra and also played first violin in the MIT symphony for four years. Upon entering Medical School at the University of Washington in Seattle, he put his violin away, but when he joined the staff of the old Winslow Clinic as a pediatrician in 1986, he began playing once again in the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra as well as several local chamber music ensembles. ARLAYNE ESEMAN – CELLO Arlayne took her first cello lessons from Marcia Treend in 9th grade. A year later, she began studying with Thaddeus Markiewicz, assistant principal cellist with the Detroit Symphony, and continued with him until earning her Masters in Cello Performance. While in college, she performed in some Motown recordings and played in the pickup orchestras for Paul Anka and Sammy Davis (what an entertainer). In 2013, Arlayne retired as a “computer geek” and moved to Bainbridge Island, where she auditioned for the symphony and made many wonderful friends. In 2015, she started playing in local ensembles as well as musicals performed on the island.
49 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
130: Spotlight on Warren Read
Tony Award winner Dinah Manoff chats with author and playwright Warren Read in the episode premiering April 9. This lively episode centers on Read’s new book, One Simple Thing, as well as the pair’s previous collaboration in presenting two of Read’s short plays, both of which were directed and produced by Manoff in BPA’s One Act Fest – Black Gum Rising (2014) and A View From the Porch (2015). "A gripping tale of crime, intrigue, and complicated family relationships...This hard-hitting literary noir is a real knuckle-biter." —Publisher's Weekly "Nicely atmospheric with compelling characters and smooth writing, (One Simple Thing) makes for a pleasant diversion during a time of pandemic." —Booklist ". . . mixes compassion and hope among its suspenseful twists." —Foreword Reviews "Tension is inescapable . . . One Simple Thing is hardly so simple." —Popmatters.com WARREN READ Warren Read is an assistant principal on Bainbridge Island, WA, and is the author of the 2008 memoir, The Lyncher in Me (Borealis Books), and novels One Simple Thing (2021, Ig Publishing) and Ash Falls (2017, Ig Publishing). His short fiction has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback and The Drowning Gull. In addition, he has had two short plays directed and produced by Tony Award winner Dinah Manoff. In 2015 he received his MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Visit Warren online at warren-read.com. DINAH MANOFF An actor, playwright, coach, and teacher, Dinah’s extensive Broadway credits include I Ought to Be in Pictures (Theater World and Tony Award as Best Featured Actress), Leader of the Pack, Alfred and Victoria, Kingdom of Earth, Gifted Children, and Telegrams From Heaven (Best Director of the Year and playwright). On TV, she was a series regular on Soap, and is best known for her portrayal “Carol Weston,” the character she played for seven years on Empty Nest. She has also appeared in Maid For Each Other (playwright) and the acclaimed ABC family series State of Grace (Jewish Image Award). As a TV director, she has helmed episodes of Sabrina, Movie Stars, Brothers, and numerous episodes of Empty Nest. Film credits include Grease, Ordinary People, Bloodhounds of Broadway, Child’s Play, Staying Together, Backfire, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, and the independent film, Bart Got a Room. Read Dinah’s full bio here.
49 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
129: Cookus Interruptus: This Is Not My Real Family
Cookus Interruptus—how to cook fresh, local, organic, whole foods despite life’s interruptions! This episode will feature an intro by Cynthia Lair, an inside scoop on the show, fun foody stories, and tasty clips from of Cynthia’s favorite episodes of Cookus Interruptus. With a background in acting and an education in nutrition, it was natural for Cynthia to invent the online cooking show Cookus Interruptus, which launched in 2008. In more than 175 videos, members from The EDGE Improv group twist healthy cooking instruction and the family sit-com genre into educational entertainment. Cynthia has written three cookbooks, given a TEDx talk on How to Cut an Onion, and performs improvisational comedy regularly. She has been on faculty at Bastyr University since 1994 and was the founder of Bastyr’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Culinary Arts degree program. Her latest book, Sourdough on the Rise: How to Confidently Make Whole Grain Sourdough Breads at Home (Sasquatch Books) was released October 2019. The fourth edition of Feeding the Whole Family (over 80,000 copies sold) from Sasquatch Books arrived in 2016. It is fully-revised with 45 new recipes. A cheerful-looking second edition of Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players, Parents and Coaches was released in 2012 by Seattle publisher Readers to Eaters. Visit Cynthia online at cynthialair.com.
63 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
128: Spotlight on Rye & Barley
BPA friends Todd Erler and Bob Nash are Rye & Barley, a North Kitsap folk duo with a Celtic bent. Rye & Barley has been playing upbeat Irish and Scottish Pub tunes around Kitsap and slightly beyond for about 10 years. As brothers from other mothers, the duo’s personalities, politics, and life paths are very different, but they remain cemented together by their love of music, a good Irish whiskey, and fishing. They have been known to turn any venue or event into an Irish pub in a matter of minutes, regaling any crowd with the stories and histories of their deep list of traditional tunes. They love songs about drinking, sailing, drinking and sailing, sailing while drinking, love both requited and unrequited, murder, and good old-fashioned Irish rebel tunes. You can find them on Spotify or Facebook as “Rye and Barley.” Todd Erler is a teacher, musician, actor, director, and improviser. Todd has been in numerous shows at BPA and is a proud member of The EDGE Improv group. He teaches at Odyssey, and currently plays music six feet away from everyone in a tent. Bob Nash is a retired U.S. Naval officer, is married to his wife of 40 years Clarice, and has three children. He plays drums for the swing band Rude and Unprofessional and Leavenworth’s Musikkapelle, and is the principal percussionist in the Poulsbo Community Orchestra. He has played percussion in over three dozen local plays as well. Bob loves fishing and playing live Irish music whenever possible. THE BAINBRIDGE POD ACCOMPLICE TEAM Audio Engineer - Matt Hadlock, Creative Coordinator - Miranda Feldtman, Production Manager - Deirdre Hadlock, Producer - Liz Ellis, Director of Operations - Siobhan Maguire, Talk-Back Producer & Host - Matt Longmire, BPA Executive Director - Dominique Cantwell, BPA Public Relations Director - Sally Jo Martine PODCAST THEME MUSIC Our theme music “Swing for Mike” is written and performed by Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers.” Find out more about the band at www.RangerSwings.com.
43 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
127: The Irish are Coming!
The chat continues this week as BPA’s Siobhán Maguire and Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble: The New Play Company discuss the work of Pat Kinevane and their plans to bring theatre from Ireland to Bainbridge Island. PAT KINEVANE Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television, and radio for 30 years. In 2016 Pat won a Laurence Olivier Award in London for his Outstanding Achievement as an Actor and Writer. This prestigious award was shared with Fishamble and Jim Culleton who have been integral to the Production and Direction of Pat’s four Solo Shows. As a writer he completed his first full length play The Nun’s Wood in 1997 which won a BBC Stewart Parker Trust Award and was produced by Fishamble. Fishamble then produced his second play The Plains of Enna (Dublin Theatre Festival 1999). Pat wrote The Death of Herod for Mysteries 2000 at the SFX. In 2008 his piece Evangeline Elsewhere premiered in New York in the First Irish Festival. Since 2006 Pat has been touring extensively with his four solo pieces, which were commissioned, developed and produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company. They are Forgotten (since 2006, Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee), Silent (since 2011, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel and Brighton Argus Angel Award) Underneath (since 2014, Forbes' Best Theatre on Broadway and Beyond List), and Before (Since 2018, Herald Archangel Award, Edinburgh Festival) all directed by Jim Culleton. FORGOTTEN ‘Has no one a skitter o’ dignity left?’ A unique collage of Kabuki dance and Irish storytelling, Forgotten has been a huge international success for Fishamble during the past decade. It is a captivating portrayal of four elderly characters living in retirement homes around Ireland. “Pat Kinevane’s haunting performance brings to life these sometimes forgotten voices of society.” — CRITICS’ CHOICE, LOS ANGELES TIMES “A piece of theatre not easily forgotten.” — THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE SILENT WINNER HELEN HAYES AWARD OUTSTANDING PERFORMER - VISITING PRODUCTION, 2020 WINNER OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE, OLIVIER AWARD 2016 WINNER SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AND THE HERALD ANGEL, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2011 WINNER ARGUS ANGEL, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL 2012 Silent is the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. “Passionate one-man show…Mr. Kinevane interprets Valentino’s highly theatrical screen presence to stunning effect…carefully wrought production…[he] doesn’t just demand [the audience’s] attention, he commands it. And that difference is what makes Mr. Kinevane an artist of the theater.” — BEN BRANTLEY, THE NEW YORK TIMES UNDERNEATH WINNER ADELAIDE FRINGE BEST THEATRE AWARD, ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2015 WINNER SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2015 WINNER STAGE RAW BEST SOLO PERFORMER AWARD, LOS ANGELES FORBES' BEST THEATER ON BROADWAY AND BEYOND LIST CRITICS’ CHOICE, LOS ANGELES TIMES Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Fishamble presents Pat Kinevane’s third solo play, Underneath, directed by Jim Culleton. This stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath. “MESMERIZING… guaranteed to open your eyes to your own life as well as the world around you.” — BROADWAY WORLD BEFORE WINNER HERALD ARCHANGEL AWARD, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2019 Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for… Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), and The Strollers Touring Network. “Incomparable… with boundless, heroic energy… he sings like a god… superb… Kinevane displays a complete, perfect mastery of his actor’s instrument… don’t miss this show.” — LA TIMES UPCOMING PERFORMANCES Photo by Dan O'Neill INSIDE THE GPO By Colin Murphy Fishamble's Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy was a must-see cultural event at the heart of the 1916 commemorations. This unprecedented documentary drama, directed by Jim Culleton, was a once-in-a-century opportunity to experience the Easter Rising, in the main hall of the GPO itself. STREAM ONLINE APRIL 1 - 5 2021 BOOK NOW NOTE: The show must be watched between 7pm April 1st and midnight April 5th. (All times are Irish time GMT.) JIM CULLETON Jim Culleton is the artistic director of Fishamble: The New Play Company, for which he has directed productions on tour throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the US. His productions for Fishamble have won many Irish and international awards, including Olivier, The Stage, Scotsman Fringe First, and Irish Times Best Director awards. Jim has also directed for Audible, the Abbey, the Gaiety, the Belgrade, 7:84 Scotland, Project, Amharclann de hÍde, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, the Ark, Second Age, Dundee Rep, Draíocht, CoisCéim/Crash Ensemble/GIAF, RTÉ Radio 1, Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International, Little Museum of Dublin, Fighting Words, RTÉ lyric fm, Soho Theatre, Scripts Festival, Vessel and APA (Australia), TNL (Canada), Solas Nua and Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Odyssey (LA), Origin, Irish Arts Center and 59E59 (Off-Broadway), as well as for Trafalgar Theatre Productions on the West End, and IAC/Symphony Space on Broadway. Jim has taught for NYU, NUI, GSA, Uversity, the Lir, Villanova, Notre Dame, UM, UMD, and TCD. SIOBHÁN MAGUIRE Born and raised in Ireland, Siobhán has been a professional Theatre Practitioner for over twenty years, and has a wealth of experience as a producer and venue manager. For BPA she has produced The Tempest (Islandwood), Twelfth Night (Bloedel) and A Midsummer's Night Dream (Bloedel). She is also responsible for creating the popular Irish Play Series at BPA. FISHAMBLE: THE NEW PLAY COMPANY Fishamble is an Irish theatre company that is passionate about discovering, developing and producing new plays of national importance with a global reach, while championing the role of the playwright. It harnesses the imaginative power of theatre to provide audiences with a diverse range of contemporary, compelling and heartfelt dramatic works, and typically supports over 50% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland each year. Fishamble thinks nationally and reaches globally, touring its productions to audiences throughout Ireland, and the world. Visit online at www.fishamble.com.
44 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
126: Hello... Ireland!
This week we are transported to Dublin, just in time for St Patrick’s Day. Listen in as BPA Operations Manager Siobhán Maguire chats about life in Ireland with longtime friend and collaborator Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble: The New Play Company. JIM CULLETON Jim Culleton is the artistic director of Fishamble: The New Play Company, for which he has directed productions on tour throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the US. His productions for Fishamble have won many Irish and international awards, including Olivier, The Stage, Scotsman Fringe First, and Irish Times Best Director awards. Jim has also directed for Audible, the Abbey, the Gaiety, the Belgrade, 7:84 Scotland, Project, Amharclann de hÍde, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, the Ark, Second Age, Dundee Rep, Draíocht, CoisCéim/Crash Ensemble/GIAF, RTÉ Radio 1, Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International, Little Museum of Dublin, Fighting Words, RTÉ lyric fm, Soho Theatre, Scripts Festival, Vessel and APA (Australia), TNL (Canada), Solas Nua and Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Odyssey (LA), Origin, Irish Arts Center and 59E59 (Off-Broadway), as well as for Trafalgar Theatre Productions on the West End, and IAC/Symphony Space on Broadway. Jim has taught for NYU, NUI, GSA, Uversity, the Lir, Villanova, Notre Dame, UM, UMD, and TCD. Fishamble’s Pat Kinevane and Jim Culleton after winning an Olivier Award for SILENT SIOBHÁN MAGUIRE Born and raised in Ireland, Siobhán has been a professional Theatre Practitioner for over twenty years, and has a wealth of experience as a producer and venue manager. For BPA she has produced The Tempest (Islandwood), Twelfth Night (Bloedel) and A Midsummer's Night Dream (Bloedel). She is also responsible for creating the popular Irish Play Series at BPA. FISHAMBLE: THE NEW PLAY COMPANY Fishamble is an Irish theatre company that is passionate about discovering, developing and producing new plays of national importance with a global reach, while championing the role of the playwright. It harnesses the imaginative power of theatre to provide audiences with a diverse range of contemporary, compelling and heartfelt dramatic works, and typically supports over 50% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland each year. Fishamble thinks nationally and reaches globally, touring its productions to audiences throughout Ireland, and the world. Visit online at www.fishamble.com. President Higgins congratulating Fishamble’s Jim Culleton and Pat Kinevane on their Olivier Award win “During the three decades since your establishment you have received acclaim at home and on the international stage, garnering many prestigious awards. You have also staged many brave and groundbreaking plays which have challenged, surprised and delighted audiences around the world. As you look back over thirty years of artistic endeavor you have much to regard with pride. I wish you every success as you continue to nurture new and emerging talent, and to introduce another generation of theatre goers to truly innovative drama, theatre and performance.” — PRESIDENT MICHAEL D. HIGGINS, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND 2011 – PRESENT CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED “ON BLUEBERRY HILL” IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE! On Blueberry Hill by Irish Fiction Laureate and award-winning writer Sebastian Barry Directed By Jim Culleton | Produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company Now available on AUDIBLE “Fishamble is to be congratulated on bringing original material to the public. It is ploughing in a risky furrow to produce fresh, innovative and modern Irish writing for the theatre. I wish the company continuing success.” — MARY MCALEESE, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND 1997 – 2011 Above: Fishamble’s EMBARGO by Deirdre Kinahan; Photo by Anthony Woods FISHAMBLE: THE NEW PLAY COMPANY IS SUPPORTED BY:
52 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
125: Spotlight on Lauren Gunderson
In this episode, we’ll celebrate International Women’s Day as local director Kate Meyers interviews playwright, screenwriter, and short story author Lauren Gunderson. The Catastrophist, Lauren Gunderson’s new play is available to stream on demand through July 25, 2021 at Round House Theatre. LAUREN GUNDERSON Lauren has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015 topping the list twice including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She co-authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her play The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Audible.com. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit Pursued By A Bear; The Taming and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer, Natural Shocks, The Wickhams and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available from Two Lions/Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone. LaurenGunderson.com KATE MEYERS Kate received her B.A. in Theatre from Washington State University and first set foot on BPA’s stage almost 35 years ago. Kate cherishes the many roles she has played at BPA since then, from backstage crew to actor, member of the board (co-chairing the initial Capital Campaign to build BPA’s playhouse), and Director. Onstage, Kate has played roles in Grease, Marvin’s Room, Blithe Spirit, The Butler Did It, and You Can’t Take it With You. Her directing credits at BPA have ranged from the classical (Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing) to comedic (Art; Picasso at the Lapin Agile), dramatic (The Kentucky Cycle, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Grapes of Wrath, Amadeus, Arcadia), and – more recently – to contemporary “dramedies” (The Revolutionists, August: Osage County). Kate’s plays often take deep dives into the human condition, examining history, culture and the importance of family. Several have contemplated art and the nature of artistic genius, as well as quantum physics, and even time travel. TUNE IN ANYTIME, ANYWHERE FOR FREE NEW EPISODES OF THE BAINBRIDGE POD ACCOMPLICE THAT PREMIERE EVERY FRIDAY OR LISTEN TO PREVIOUS EPISODES HERE The Bainbridge Pod Accomplice is a free podcast featuring a series of plays starring your favorite local performers and directors. THE BAINBRIDGE POD ACCOMPLICE TEAM Audio Engineer - Matt Hadlock, Creative Coordinator - Miranda Feldtman, Production Manager - Deirdre Hadlock, Producer - Liz Ellis, Director of Operations - Siobhan Maguire, Talk-Back Producer & Host - Matt Longmire, BPA Executive Director - Dominique Cantwell, BPA Public Relations Director - Sally Jo Martine PODCAST THEME MUSIC Our theme music “Swing for Mike” is written and performed by Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers.” Find out more about the band at www.RangerSwings.com.
39 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
124: Spotlight on Keiko Green
Listen in as Liz Ellis chats with Keiko Green eight years after they first met on the set of a webseries. The two Amy Award winners and BPA alums cover Keiko's acting and playwriting career before diving into craft, the theater biz, and how to go to grad school for free. Here is a link to Keiko's play, WAD at ACT Theatre. You can follow her on Instagram or visit her website for more updates. Keiko Green is a 2nd-year MFA Playwriting student at University of California San Diego. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a bilingual household (Japanese and English). She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School with a focus on Experimental Theatre. Keiko lived in Seattle for six years, where she is still a Core Company Member at ACT Theatre and a former member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Writers’ Group. Her play “Nadeshiko” won the Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, as well as landing on the Honorable Mentions for the national Kilroys List. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by ACT Theatre, the Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the Playwrights Realm. She was a finalist for both the Many Voices and Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights Center and the Leah Ryan Fund, as well as the Recipient of Bainbridge Island’s Amy Award. As an actor, Keiko has performed at the Denver Center of Performing Arts, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, and the National Asian American Theatre Company among others. Keiko is represented as a playwright and screenwriter by the Gersh Agency and Anonymous Content. Liz Ellis was Director of Education at BPA until 2018, when she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television. She currently works on Law & Order: Organized Crime, premiering April 1st. Liz previously interviewed Jesse Smith for this podcast.
32 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
123: O. Henry Stories
Join us for a trio of stories from O. Henry: The Gift of the Magi, adapted by Miranda Feldtman and The Last Leaf and After Twenty Years, adapted by Birke Duncan. This episode showcases performers Kelli McAuley, Terry McAuley, Kristi Ann Jacobson, Gary Fetterplace, and Jim Anderson. The Gift of the Magi Adapted by Miranda Feldtman Narrator - Jim Anderson | Dell - Kelli McAuley | Jim - Terry McAuley | Mme Sofronie - Kristi Ann Jacobson The Gift of the Magi is perhaps one of O. Henry’s most famous stories, and its message resonates even outside of the holiday gift-giving season. It is a timeless exploration of love, and the lengths we will go to for the ones we love – even when, at the end of the day, the simplest expression of that love might be more than enough. The Last Leaf Adapted by Birke Duncan Narrator - Jim Anderson | Sue - Kristi Ann Jacobson | Johnsy - Kelli McAuley | Doctor - Gary Fetterplace | Mr. Behrman - Terry McAuley The Last Leaf is a profound story about the healing powers of art and friendship. Burke selected it for adaptation because of the coronavirus lockdown, saying, “readers and listeners can identify with the characters.” After Twenty Years Adapted by Birke Duncan Narrator - Jim Anderson | Bob - Gary Fetterplace | The Cop - Kristi Ann Jacobson | The Impostor - Terry McAuley After Twenty Years deals with life choices – right and wrong. As an ex-convict embezzler, O. Henry had first-hand knowledge of consequences.
78 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
122: BPA Valentine
It’s a box of BPA chocolates from us to you! BPA’s Bainbridge Stay At Home Companion podcast gathered Bainbridge Island talent into a weekly forum to educate, amuse, and connect islanders during the trying impacts of isolation during Covid-19. A collaboration between BPA, Bainbridge Prepares, and Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, the podcast initially aired May 5 – June 23, 2020 on BCB’s feed, “What’s Up Bainbridge?” Catch up on the full episode lineup HERE. Curtain Speech: Written by Evelyn Cantwell and Miranda Feldtman | Featuring Evelyn Cantwell Song: Heroes by The Hoot Hoots Time Capsule: Written produced and voiced by Dan Rosenberg with writing help from Raffi Minasian and Eric Shamer Song: Rental Car by Alex Fermanis Of a Feather: Written by Wendy Wallace and featuring Matty Whitman, Pete Benson, George Shannon, and Victoria Brown Song: Little Bird by Noah Byrd In the Drawing Room, Part 1: Written by Miranda Feldtman and featuring Justine Stillwell, Matt Eldridge, Ali Budge, James Sgambati O’Donnell, Sophie Eldridge and John Ellis. Listen to Part 2 of “In the Drawing Room” in Episode 6 Song: Through the Grey by Lucy Bishop BI PI, Part 1: Written by Miranda Feldtman and featuring Jim Anderson, Liz Ellis, Matt Howe and Jennifer Carrillo. Listen to Part 2 of “BI PI” in Episode 7 Song: Hellaspawn by Baywitch Animal Radio: Written by Layne DeGrow and Liz Ellis and featuring Henry Epp, Justin Lynn, JC Figuroa, Jesse Smith, Catherine MacLeod, Cynthia Lair, Layne DeGrow, Ted Dowling, and Kayla Teel Song: Safety Escape by Erica Cooper West Side Story Selections: Composed by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Jack Mason and performed by Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Song: Lonely Guru by Johnny Bregar Song: On the Road by St. Paul de Vence
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