Interviews

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“My greatest challenge as a director on Shakespeare”: Alex Burns on language in MACBETH (Arden), part 2

“The magic of Shakespeare is not in his plots. Shakespeare’s genius is his poetry,”

Alexander Burns directing MACBETH at the Arden

“I was born into Shakespeare, the American Shakespeare”: Alex Burns on directing MACBETH (Arden), part 1

I will never forget the first time I saw Hamlet. My sister and I were out playing on the street in Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

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“A conversation until it’s a fight”: Playwright Jeff Talbott talks about THE SUBMISSION (Quince)

An explosive tale of race, sexuality, and prejudice, THE SUBMISSION gave Jeff Talbott awards, acclaim, and a new life. Phindie talks to the playwright ahead of it’s Philadelphia premiere.

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Physical, Naked Honesty On Stage: Interview with Zainab Jah, female Hamlet at the Wilma Theater

Interview with British actor Zainab Jah, who takes on the role of HAMLET at the Wilma Theater.

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LAST CHANCE: From law to lyrics, from classics to folk, interview with Jack Scott and Ingrid Rosenback, Philadelphia’s popular duo.

Last Chance, the musical duo of singer-songwriter Jack Scott (banjo and guitar) and fiddler-vocalist Ingrid Rosenback, has been playing together since 2011 and as a duo since 2012.

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No Elephants in This Circus: Lauren Rile Smith talks about Tangle Movement Arts’ circus-theater cabaret TELL IT SLANT

Lauren Rile Smith talks about circus, feminism, and whether or not there will be large mammals at Tangle Movement Arts TELL IT SLANT.

Jeanne Sakata at Courage in Action, University of Washington Library Special Collections, Feb. 22, 2014, photo by Joe Mabel

A “real” American isn’t just a white American: Jeanne Sakata and the Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi. Part 2 of the interview with the playwright of HOLD THESE TRUTHS (Plays & Players

Jeanne Sakata gives another interview on her moving play HOLD THESE TRUTHS, about Gordon Hirabayashi’s battle with the Supreme Cour to stop the injustices of Japanese American internment camps.

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“We are not nearly as special as we think we are!”: Denise Shubin gives a candid interview about the Philadelphia theater community

For almost three decades, hundreds of theater artists and young companies spread their wings at the Shubin Theatre, Denise Shubin’s converted house on Bainbridge Street.

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Meta-morphing Kafka’s Gregor: Interview with director Rebecca Wright in THE METAMORPHOSIS, (Quintessence Theatre Group)

Henrik Eger talks to director Rebecca Wright about her work and influences.

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An Interview with Jamie Warhola: Honoring Andy Warhol on the 28th anniversary of his death

Today marks 28 years since Andy Warhol’s death. Deb Miller talks to his nephew, illustrator Jamie Warhola.

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However Painful the History: Interview with Jeanne Sakata, playwright of HOLD THESE TRUTHS (P&P)

One of the most shameful aspects in modern US history took place during World War II, when large numbers of Japanese-American citizens of all ages, including babies, were forced to…

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UNDER THE SKIN Gets Under My Skin: Interview with playwright Michael Hollinger

Henrik Eger talks to playwright Michael Hollinger about his latest work, UNDER THE SKIN.

J Hernandez as Iago in The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s Othello, 2013 (Photo credit: Chris Miller)

J Hernandez: Feeling the Love in Philadelphia!

J Hernandez has been a constant presence on Philadelphia stages his acclaimed portrayal of Iago in a 2013 production of Othello. Phindie spoke to the Texas native about relocating, being a Latino actor, and why he loves Philly theater.

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Classic Plays, Living Playwrights? Interview with Ian August, author of THE MOOR’S SON (PAC)

Katherine Fritz sat down with Ian August to chat Shakespeare, history, and what it means to be the guy who says, “I think I’d like to write a sequel to Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.”

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Costume Changes and Metamorphoses: Katherine Fritz on costume design, Kafka, and blogging

Interview with award-winning costume designer and star blogger Katherine Fritz on tackling Kafka’s METAMORPHOSIS

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Intergenerational Theater, part 2: Penelope Reed on working with a young director in ON THE VERGE (Hedgerow)

In this two-part series, Henrik Eger talks to Penelope Reed and Kittson O’Neill about their intergenerational collaboration in Hedgerow Theatre’s ON THE VERGE.

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Intergenerational Theater, part 1: Kittson O’Neill talks about directing the veteran cast of ON THE VERGE (Hedgerow)

In this two-part series, Henrik Eger talks to Penelope Reed and Kittson O’Neill about their intergenerational collaboration in Hedgerow Theatre’s ON THE VERGE.

Bob Weick stars as Howard Zinn in VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

Being Howard Zinn: Interview with Bob Weick, who plays the historian in VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (Plays & Players)

Henrik Eger interviews Bob Weick, who is taking on the role of the brilliant, if much maligned Howard Zinn in VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

John Doyle, director of VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.
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Pretty Mbane and “Corrective Rape”: Traveling around the world with playwright Jen Silverman

Henrik Eger interviews Jen Silverman about her world premiere play THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE! and the issues it raises.