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ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Diving In: A Conversation with William Cameron and Grace McLeod
This conversation brings together two generations of playwrights: Grace McLeod is an emerging playwright (also one of the youngest winners ever at ANPF) and William Cameron is an established theatre maker, retired from teaching and focusing on his playwriting. Like their plays, they don’t shy away from important topics — white privilege, economic disparity, and the nature of truth. Listen along and find out more about their ANPF 2020 winning plays, Williams’ TRUTH BE TOLD and Grace’s THE COMMUNIST REVOLUTION: A NINTH-GRADE EUROPEAN HISTORY PROJECT (THERE WILL BE A PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION). Get tickets to ANPF 2020 here: https://ashlandnewplays.org/fall-festival/#schedule William Cameron is a playwright, actor, director, and educator. His plays have been performed around the country, including off-off Broadway at the Harold Clurman Theatre, the Source Theatre in Washington, DC, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival and numerous community and academic theatres. Truth Be Told won the 2020 Stanley Drama Award. His play Violet Sharp won the 2007 Julie Harris Playwriting Prize, received its world premiere at Theatre 40 in Los Angeles in 2009, and was published by Samuel French in 2012. He is professor emeritus of Theatre and Communication Arts at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and wrote several plays tailored specifically to his students. He also directed over 40 plays during his 31 years as a college professor. As an actor, he has performed with the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the Philadelphia Drama Guild and has appeared on screen in such films as Lorenzo’s Oil, Hoffa, The Dark Half, and the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead. Grace McLeod is a playwright and screenwriter from New York City. She was a 2017-2018 playwright-in-residence at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center as part of the Trellis Residency Initiative, where she developed her play Herland, which received a 2018-2019 National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at MOXIE Theatre in San Diego, Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, and Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. She has developed her plays regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, First Floor Theater, The New Colony, and Commission Theatre, among others, and her short films have screened at venues and festivals nationwide. She is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the 2018 Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Playwriting. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably skateboarding or walking her dog Dexter. When she is writing, she’s probably writing about queer girlhood, in all its many complexities. The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Diving In: A Conversation with William Cameron and Grace McLeod appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | I love a four-letter word: A conversation with Ian August and David Hilder
Ranging from hilarious to heart-full, this conversation between playwrights and friends Ian August and David Hilder delivers it all. They discuss their ANPF 2020 winning plays ZERO and THOSE DAYS ARE OVER, respectively, sharing the stories behind the plays. David shocks Ian with how quickly he drafted THOSE DAYS ARE OVER, and Ian shocks David when he learns about Ian’s benchmarks for submitting his work to festivals. They talk about acting as the gateway drug to playwriting and discuss both the personal and the political in their art during the current political and pandemic climate we find ourselves in: “ZERO is not a political play,” says Ian, “but I do think that it touches on themes – addiction and apathy – that are hugely political, so those are things that I’m thinking about. It’s not surfacing in a way that says this play is about politics. Most of the work that I’m doing right now is trying to sort of tell the story that I want to tell, and as I’m telling it I’m realizing it’s more political than I think I even intended when I started it.” Ian August is an award-winning, internationally produced playwright. His play The Excavation of Mary Anningwas a winner at Ashland New Plays Festival in 2018, and an audio recording of his play Donna Orbits the Moon is available on ANPF’s Play4Keeps Podcast. His works have also been developed with the Powerhouse Theatre Season with NY Stage and Film, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, NJ Repertory Company, Writers’ Theatre of New Jersey, Wordsmyth Theatre Company, City Theatre of Miami, the Garry Marshall Theatre, UC Davis Dept of Theatre and Dance, Passage Theatre Company, the Philadelphia Artists Collective, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the NY and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and elsewhere. He is an alumnus of Goddard College (MFA) and the Philadelphia playwriting workshop The Foundry. He lives in Lawrenceville, NJ, with his husband, set designer and performing arts teacher Matthew R. Campbell, and his two cats, Lentils and Kimchi. David Hilder’s work has been seen across the United States as an award-winning playwright and director. His play The Insidious Impact of Anton was a winner at Ashland New Plays Festival in 2010 and received a production at Absolute Theatre in 2011 that won seven StageSceneLA awards. His plays and musicals have also been produced or developed at Acadiana Repertory Theatre, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Primary Stages, Hunter Playwrights Festival, The Blank Theatre, Stella Adler Studios, The Flea Theater, Dixon Place, and more. He has been a finalist for many awards including the Princess Grace Award, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Lark Playwrights Week, the Heideman Award, and others. He is also a recovering actor as well as an alumnus of Hunter College (MFA), the University of Pennsylvania, and the O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute. Learn more about Ian, David, and all the ANPF 2020 winning playwrights here: ashlandnewplays.org/fall-festival/ Get your tickets to their plays here: https://www.showtix4u.com/events/17627 The post Play4Keeps Podcast | I love a four-letter word: A conversation with Ian August and David Hilder appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
62 minutes | 2 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Angry/Funny and Angry/Sad: A Conversation with Kari Bentley-Quinn and Callie Kimball
“You do angry/funny better than anyone.” So says past ANPF winner Callie Kimball to friend and current ANPF winner Kari Bentley-Quinn. Today on the podcast, they discuss Kari’s ANPF 2020 play HYANNIS and Callie’s play PERSEVERANCE, which ANPF workshopped in August. Their conversation then delves into the world at large, fan-girling over Lucy Thurber, and nurturing their artist selves. ANPF will present virtual readings of HYANNIS, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, on Thursday, October 22, at 4:00 pm PT and Saturday, October 24, at 7:30 pm PT. Tickets are available sliding scale starting at $10 (no additional fees): https://www.showtix4u.com/events/17627 We will also be releasing our recording of Kari’s play THE WORST MOTHER IN THE WORLD on the podcast in November. Check out a five-minute preview at the link at the bottom. Kari Bentley-Quinn is a playwright based in New York City, originally from Stratford, CT. Her plays have been presented at or developed with Lark Play Development Center, Lesser America, Halcyon Theatre, Animus Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, Premiere Stages at Kean University, Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Brick Theater, The Secret Theatre, Artemisia Theater, FringeNYC, and more. She is a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a theater company based in Queens, NY, where she has facilitated the development of more than 30 new plays. She has been a finalist for many awards, including the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, was a nominee for the Doric Wilson Playwriting Award, and a winner of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award from Hunter College, where she received her MFA in Playwriting. Callie Kimball is a past ANPF winner for her play SOFONISBA, which was slated to receive its world premiere at the Theater at Monmouth in Maine in summer 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19. She is an award-winning playwright and teacher as well as an Affiliate Artist at Portland Stage Company, an Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, Playwright-in-Residence at Theater at Monmouth, and a former MacDowell Fellow. Her plays have been produced and developed in New York, Chicago, LA, Washington, DC (Kennedy Center), Portland Stage Company, Lark Play Development Center, Halcyon Theatre, and many colleges and festivals across the country. Her themes range from historical dramas and classical adaptations to socio-political comedies and futuristic dystopias, with characters who live at the intersection of language and power–who struggle to break free from the constraints of class, race, gender, and systemic abuse. The Worst Mother in the World The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Angry/Funny and Angry/Sad: A Conversation with Kari Bentley-Quinn and Callie Kimball appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Creating the World We Want to See: A Conversation with Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden
Art, race, activism, smoothie diets, and the future of American theatre. There’s lots on the table in this conversation between friends and multi-hyphenate theatremakers Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden. They get personal, from discussing their experiences as Black men and artists, to making each other laugh and appreciating how they balance one another. They also talk about the work they’re doing to amplify Black stories, like with the activist theatre organization Reginald founded, the Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Reginald Edmund is the founder and managing curating producer for Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political black writers from the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do black lives matter today?” In addition, he is a resident playwright at Tamasha Theatre in London, England; an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre; an artistic associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago; and an artistic patriot at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also a 2010-11 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. You can listen to his play SOUTHBRIDGE on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast today: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/southbridge/ Kyle Haden is now in his sixth season as artistic director of ANPF as well as an Equity actor, director, and assistant professor of acting at Carnegie Mellon University. On stage, Kyle has performed at regional theatres nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more. He most recently performed in the world premiere of We Are Among Us at City Theatre. As a director, Kyle was named a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow, and has directed various productions across the country, including the world premiere of Hazardous Materials (ANPF 2016) at Creede Repertory Theatre. He is also a Senior Coordinating Producer with Black Lives, Black Words International Project. The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Creating the World We Want to See: A Conversation with Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
109 minutes | 5 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SOUTHBRIDGE by Reginald Edmund
In SOUTHBRIDGE, a white widow has been assaulted and an angry mob is at the jailhouse door demanding the sheriff lynch the accused. The only way to untangle the truth is for the accused, a young Black man called Stranger, to relive the events that led him to the hangman’s tree in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1881. Based on historical events, it is the second play in Reginald Edmund’s nine-play City of the Bayou Collection. Featuring the cast of Chris Butler, TaiReikca L.A., Cedric Lamar, Nubia Monks, Annie Paul, and James Ryen. SOUTHBRIDGE was was winner of the 2010 Southern Playwrights’ Competition, the 2013 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play, and the 2013 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, as well as runner-up for the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks National Playwriting Awards in 2009. Reginald Edmund is currently the founder and managing curating producer for Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political Black writers from the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do Black lives matter today?” In addition, he is a resident playwright at Tamasha Theatre in London, England; an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre; an artistic associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago; and an artistic patriot at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also a 2010-11 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. He received his BFA in theatre performance from Texas Southern University and his MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. His nine-play series titled The City of the Bayou Collection includes SOUTHBRIDGE, JUNETEENTH STREET, THE LAS CADILLAC, and ALL THE DYING VOICES, which were developed at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago, Deluxe Theatre, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Bush Theatre (UK), Boston Court @ Theatre, the Landing Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, and The National Theatre (UK). Learn more here: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/southbridge/ The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SOUTHBRIDGE by Reginald Edmund appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
58 minutes | 6 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Cultivate Your Voice: A Conversation with Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas
Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas speak to the moment and are as vulnerable and open in this conversation as they are on the page. Their talk weaves through their history of working together, their passion for promoting and advocating for theater artists of color, and how they cultivated their own voices. They also share how they got their start in theater and what advice they’d give to their younger selves: “Continue to do your own work. Don’t try to make work in order to please or try to get the attention of the gatekeepers or the major producers. Yes, it’s important at some point, but at the end of the day it’s more important to cultivate your voice and cultivate your tribe, to be your champions, so that you can bring them along with you once you get that opportunity.” Listen to SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast, featuring Anthony Heald, Nancy Rodriguez, and Gabriel Michael Goodfriend: https://play4keeps.org/play/silueta/ And tune in to Tlaloc’s Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour on HowlRound. Diana will be a guest on June 5. The show is live-streamed on Zoom weekly and features amazing writers and theatre-makers from across the U.S. Learn more and register here: https://howlround.com/happenings/livestreaming-latinx-superfriends-playwriting-hour-diana-burbano Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s plays focus on female protagonists and social issues. She is one of the original members of the writers circle for Latino Theatre Association/ Los Angeles and is also a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. As an actor she originated the roles of Ama de Casa in the Spanish version of Menopause the Musical; Thumb in Imagine; and Ana Guerrero in Jose Cruz Gonzales’ Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy at South Coast Repertory. She was in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Latinx Play Project 2016; the Center Theatre group’s 2018-19 Writers Workshop; and is under commission by Alternative Theatre Ensemble. Tlaloc Rivas is a writer, director, and theatre-maker who creates, develops and directs new plays focusing on the complexity, diversity and history of Latinx people in the U.S. and abroad. He also directs bilingual plays, classical and contemporary pieces, and new work by some of America’s most exciting writers. Tlaloc is a core founding member of the Latinx Theatre Commons and of its online platform, Café Onda. As former Co-Chair of the LTC’s National Steering Committee, he helped organize the largest gathering of Latinx artists in 25 years at Emerson College, Boston. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. Ashland New Plays Festival’s Play4Keeps Podcast is produced in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Cultivate Your Voice: A Conversation with Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
77 minutes | 7 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton
SILUETA is a two-person play inspired by the true story of Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-American performance artist and sculptor, whose life ended in a harrowing 34-story fall from the SoHo apartment she shared with her husband, Minimalist sculptor, Carl Andre. Ana, 36 at the time of her death in 1985, was a rising star in the SoHo art scene, known for her signature siluetas–provocative impressions of her naked body in blood, earth, fire and and other manifestations of nature. Carl, already famous as a founding father of geometric, building-block Minimalism, was past the peak of his career. It was a marriage of opposing artistic temperaments, fueled by ferocious ego and ambition on the part of both. Due to the emotional violence of their relationship and Carlʼs enigmatic behavior following Anaʼs death, he was accused and tried for her murder. Although Carl was eventually acquitted, the incident polarized the art world and became a cause célèbre for feminists, many of whom still believe in Carlʼs guilt. Although there is much speculation about what actually happened that terrible night, only Carl, now an old man still living in that same 34th-floor apartment, really knows. Or does he? Silueta imagines an elderly Carl, desperate to recover artistic potency, but blocked by a past he is unwilling to remember and face. He is haunted by the passionately ʻrealʼ ghost of Ana, equally desperate to discover the truth of her death and, more important, the truth of her life and Carlʼs love. Our audio performance features Nancy Rodriguez as Ana, Anthony Heald as Carl, and Michael Gabriel Goodfriend reading stage directions. Learn more about the playwrights and the play on our website: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/silueta/ The ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
63 minutes | 7 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Cherishing Time: A Conversation with Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo
Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo check in with each other from their respective coasts. They share what they’re doing during self-isolation: Joe’s practicing a new language as well as guitar and Lauren’s taking a break from her all-work regimen to enjoy time with loved ones. They ask: “Do weekends even matter anymore?” and “What comes next?” They share their hopes for live theater experiences becoming more treasured post-quarantine and their worries for small theaters surviving to the other side. “People will need a place to put their feelings,” says Joe, “A place to allow themselves to be challenged and at the same time say it’s okay.” Lauren Yee is an award-winning playwright from San Francisco and was named by American Theatre Magazine as the second most-produced playwright in the country last year. Her recent top honors include the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Doris Duke Artist Award, and a residency with New York’s Signature Theatre. Her play KING OF THE YEES was a winner at Ashland New Plays Festival’s 2016 Women’s Invitational. Her most recent play CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND was one of the top-ten produced plays in the country over the past year. CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND is an intimate rock epic that tells the story of a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide that features music by Dengue Fever, a contemporary band inspired by Cambodian rock bands of the 60s and 70s. An original cast recording of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND from the Signature Theatre will be available online starting May 8. Joe Ngo is a writer, actor and musician based in New York City. He most recently starred in and reprised the role of Chum in the NYC Off-Broadway premiere of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre. He was part of the cast for the original workshop of the play, as well as its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and its season-long run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2019. Ashland New Plays Festival’s Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Cherishing Time: A Conversation with Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
68 minutes | 8 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Singing Our Song: A Conversation with Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker
Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker join us on the podcast today for a conversation that brings connection and catharsis. They put our feelings into words and deftly share what they’re experiencing and thinking about during this pandemic. Listen as they talk about the power of championing other playwrights, finding inspiration in shorter projects, being okay with not meeting old benchmarks, and accepting help from those who want to give it. What’s your coping mechanism during this time? What advice would you want to give yourself a week from now? Nate Eppler is a playwright and new play advocate currently serving as Director of the Ingram New Works Project and Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. He was a winner at ANPF 2018 for his play Primary User, which is scheduled to receive its world premiere this summer at the San Francisco Playhouse. It will also be part of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2020-2021 season. Stephanie Alison Walker is a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays are known for mining humor in darkness, personalizing the political, and exploring the strength of women. She is a two-time ANPF winning playwright for 2016’s The Madres and 2018’s The Abuelas. Both plays received their world premieres at Chicago’s Teatro Vista. As mentioned in the conversation, here is the list created by Stephanie and playwright Donna Hoke to help promote and support playwrights whose work was postponed or cancelled during the pandemic: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1VN4TJDHbBIjgdW1r0_CkeJq2lzY0MI2nQO1F_tOTSis/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR3rwKjDtH5-2TXcbC2BEMeUH64Dqpl6f_zUOYJ7mpMNOe0TGtN1ED8ERNo Ashland New Plays Festival’s Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Singing Our Song: A Conversation with Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
74 minutes | 8 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: DONNA ORBITS THE MOON by Ian August
Something is not quite right with Donna: she’s a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a minor celebrity to all the bake sale planners in town, but something is making her spacey, and she’s not sure what it is. Therapy is out of the question and church isn’t the place to share one’s distress. Donna will need to pass through space and through time—all the while listening to an unlikely voice—and try to break free from her gravitational pull to learn just how she can land. Our audio performance features Liisa Ivary and Eric Poppick. Learn more here: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/donna-orbits-the-moon/ DONNA ORBITS THE MOON was produced at Tiny Dynamite in Philadelphia in 2019 and was the winner of the Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwrights Award in 2011. It had a developmental production with Utah Contemporary Theatre in 2010 and a world-premiere production with the NJ Repertory Company in 2011, followed by a run at Passage Theatre in Trenton in 2012. Ian August is a past ANPF winner for his play THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING in 2018. His full-length plays include: BRISÉ (Selection, 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference; Finalist, 2019 Seven Devils Playwright Conference); THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING (Winner, 2018 Ashland New Plays Festival and 2018 DVRF New Playwright Program; Semi-Finalist 2018 O’Neill Conference); INTERVIEWESE (Winner, Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Fest; Finalist, 2018 B Street Theatre New Comedy Fest); COBBLER (Finalist, B Street Theatre 2019 New Comedy Fest); and more. His YA play, PARKER AND THE CITY IN THE SEA, debuted at the 71st Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in the summer of 2018. Other works have been published by Samuel French, Inc., The Pitkin Review, Smith and Kraus Publishing, and the One-Act Play Depot. He is a founding member of the Princeton-based playwriting collective, the Witherspoon Circle, and is a graduate member of the Philadelphia playwriting workshop, The Foundry. Be sure to also check out the hilarious and informative conversation Ian shares with Beth Kander on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast, here: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play4keeps-podcast-tiny-quiet-little-love-song-beth-kander-and-ian-august/ The Ashland New Plays Festival Play4Keeps Podcast is proudly made in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: DONNA ORBITS THE MOON by Ian August appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
68 minutes | 9 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: MRS. HARRISON by R. Eric Thomas
Mrs. Harrison by R. Eric Thomas is about two women and one story. At their 10-year college reunion, Aisha and Holly meet by chance. Is this the first time or has it just been a long time? They can’t agree. Aisha is a black, successful playwright; she’s on the cover of the alumni magazine. Holly… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: MRS. HARRISON by R. Eric Thomas appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
60 minutes | 9 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Living Their Best Lives: A Conversation with R. Eric Thomas and Haygen-Brice Walker
You’ll be laughing from the word hello with these two: from ill-fitting corduroy pants during fashion week to stipends spent on Buffalo Wild Wings, take a journey with R. Eric Thomas and Haygen-Brice Walker. They discuss their experiences at Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Project, which is directed by ANPF 2018 winner Nate Eppler, as… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Living Their Best Lives: A Conversation with R. Eric Thomas and Haygen-Brice Walker appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
142 minutes | 10 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: EVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES by Franky D. Gonzalez
EVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES (A MIXTAPE) by Franky D. Gonzalez is an examination of prison inmates trying to discover meaning in the face of isolation and doubt in their own worth over a 25-year bid. The play explores familial ties, love, race, inmate-correctional officer relations, the passing of time, and the succeeding generation… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: EVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES by Franky D. Gonzalez appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
55 minutes | 10 months ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Heavy with Hoping: An Interview with Playwright Franky D. Gonzalez
What do Big L’s song “Furious Anger” and Samuel Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT have in common? Both were inspirations for Franky D. Gonzalez’s new play EVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES, an ANPF 2019 finalist which we recorded for the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast. The story follows five inmates looking for meaning in the face of… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Heavy with Hoping: An Interview with Playwright Franky D. Gonzalez appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
62 minutes | a year ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Nature and Fate: A conversation with Michael Gotch and Mark Lamos
Join guests Michael Gotch and Mark Lamos as they talk about Michael’s ANPF 2019 winning play STARTER PISTOL, which Mark is directing for its world premiere at Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware. Their conversation delves into topics of character development, Greek tragedies, overcoming anxieties as a writer and favorite theater moments, including… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Nature and Fate: A conversation with Michael Gotch and Mark Lamos appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
132 minutes | a year ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: FRONT ROOM by Richard Kalinoski
In Richard Kalinoski’s FRONT ROOM, we meet Sandra, played by Vilma Silva. She is a middle-aged theater professor at a small college who is attempting to safeguard her irascible, hoarder mother Abby, played by Brandy Carson. While Sandra begins preparations to direct a production of The Glass Menagerie, a clever, non-traditional student, played by James Ryen,… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: FRONT ROOM by Richard Kalinoski appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
54 minutes | a year ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | The regional playwright hustle: A conversation with Donna Hoke and Andrea Stolowitz
We’re excited to bring together playwrights Donna Hoke and Andrea Stolowitz, who are meeting for the first time on our podcast! They share about the successes and struggles they’ve encountered in their careers, with topics ranging from self-advocacy and maintaining confidence to taking ownership of one’s hometown as a regional playwright. They also share recommendations… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | The regional playwright hustle: A conversation with Donna Hoke and Andrea Stolowitz appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
57 minutes | a year ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Superpowers: A conversation with Tira Palmquist, Yvonne Huff Lee and Jason Delane Lee
What drives us as people, creators, storytellers? In this compelling conversation, playwright Tira Palmquist and actors/producers/storytellers Yvonne Huff Lee and Jason Delane Lee share their passions and what drives them: powerful stories that engage difficult realities and social issues in a way that creates understanding and conversation. That connect with audiences in ways that heal.… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Superpowers: A conversation with Tira Palmquist, Yvonne Huff Lee and Jason Delane Lee appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
49 minutes | a year ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: THE SCREENWRITER DIES OF HIS OWN FREE WILL by Jim Shankman, pt 2
Welcome to part two of Jim Shankman’s metafictional comedy THE SCREENWRITER DIES OF HIS OWN FREE WILL, featuring Denis Arndt and Douglas Rowe with stage directions read by Barret O’Brien. In SCREENWRITER, Willy Shotz is a brilliant and successful Hollywood screenwriter. Producers kill for his stylish violence and ironic sci-fi. But late-stage cancer has graced… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: THE SCREENWRITER DIES OF HIS OWN FREE WILL by Jim Shankman, pt 2 appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
44 minutes | a year ago
Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: THE SCREENWRITER DIES OF HIS OWN FREE WILL by Jim Shankman, pt 1
This week we are excited to offer you free access to Jim Shankman’s metafictional comedy THE SCREENWRITER DIES OF HIS OWN FREE WILL, featuring Denis Arndt and Douglas Rowe with stage directions read by Barret O’Brien. In SCREENWRITER, Willy Shotz is a brilliant and successful Hollywood screenwriter. Producers kill for his stylish violence and ironic… The post Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: THE SCREENWRITER DIES OF HIS OWN FREE WILL by Jim Shankman, pt 1 appeared first on Ashland New Plays Festival.
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