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Thank You, Five!
54 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Maren Talks Zoom Theatre with Guests Tim Kelly and Rachel Ropella
Today we're talking digital theatre! Joining me are the creators of Melancholics Anonymous: Tim Kelly and Rachel Ropella. MA is a new company in the Twin Cities, and they have done both in-person and digital theatre. We discuss the transition, the ups and downs, and the future of Zoom theatre on this podcast episode.
20 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Maren Talks Medieval Instruments and Etymology
Come on back to the 14th century and learn about Maren's top 5 favorite musical instruments from the medieval age. Throw in some geeky etymological ramblings and some music samples, and it's a good time! Caution: do not take a shot every time I say 'uh' or 'um', you will die.
9 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Minisode 1: The 5 Ws of Thank You, Five!
This is a foray into an entirely unscripted conversation between myself and you. Hopefully, in this episode, you'll learn who I am, why I made this podcast, and what it will be in the future! This podcast also serves as a sobering reminder of how often I say 'um'. Don't worry, I edited most of them out. Thanks for tuning in.
20 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Radical Adaptations: Commedia and Minstrelsy
Today's long-awaited episode is a discussion about the history of Commedia dell'Arte and its influence on the popular 1800s performance form of minstrel shows. Listen in to learn about the conventions, characters, and social contexts of both forms, and how they are connected.
21 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Radical Adaptations: Kabuki Macbeth
Today we've got Shozo Sato's Kabuki Macbeth on the menu! We'll cover what Kabuki brings to the Scottish play, the conventions of the Japanese art, and the samurai warrior code.
23 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Radical Adaptations: Ngaahika Ndeenda
Today, Radical Adaptations brings us to a politically charged Kenyan play written by two playwrights: Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and Ngugi wa Mirii. Based on a story from the Bible, this play unleashes a strong critique of post-colonial society in Kenya, leading to a government shutdown and the detainment of both playwrights. Listen to learn the story.
31 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Radical Adaptations: Brook and Welles
In the very first episode every of Thank You, Five! we are discussing Peter Brook's The Mahabharata and Orson Welles' "Vodou" Macbeth. In looking at these two productions, we ask whether or not these are examples of appreciation... or appropriation, and how we approach this type of theatre.
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