Interviews

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Moonwalking on the Moon: Lindsay Smiling on Michael Jackson, Philly theater, and the inaugural production by Orbiter 3

This week marks a landmark in independent theater in Philadelphia: the inaugural production by Orbiter 3, a new producing playwrights collective. Over the next three years, the company will produce six…

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A Woman’s World: A conversation with Brenna Geffers, Lane Savadove, and Adrienne Mackey on bringing a new focus on women to Philadelphia theater

For the theme of its 2015–16 season, EgoPo Classic Theater has announced it will honor American female playwrights: Lillian Hellman, Clare Boothe Luce, and Sophie Treadwell.

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Hearing voices at 3 AM: Interview with POST HASTE playwright Frank E. Reilly

Frank E. Reilly’s latest play, POST HASTE, just finished its world premiere run at the Hedgerow Theatre. Henrik Eger interviewed the playwright about his works.

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Katherine Perry talks SEX, SoLow Fest, and why we should definitely Web MD that shit

Katherine Perry wants to talk about sex, baby. An inventively funny comic actor, Katherine is one of nine Bright Invention ensemble members performing an original creation this SoLow Fest.  Her…

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A Car Full of Theater: Nell Bang-Jensen on road trips, small audiences, and her SoLow piece ROAD MAY FLOOD

Nell Bang-Jensen has drive. She’s a high octane, finely tuned machine of fully loaded artistic talent. And other motoring metaphors. As an actor, she seduced audiences at this season’s Luna…

Drama teacher (Elexis Morton) and seniors (Jordan O'Brien, Jared Rosenberg, and Colleen Murphy)rehearsing for Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Fernando Gonzales

BARE: A Pop Opera – In Concert: Bare-bones budget but not a bare-bones sound. Interview with Fernando Gonzales, artistic director of Truth Be Told, Philadelphia

Fernando Gonzales, Philadelphia theater artist and co-director of Truth Be Told Productions, made his regional directing debut with The Shape of Things at the Ritz Theatre, NJ. As a director,…

Dito van Reigersberg in "I Promised Myself to Live Faster," from Pig Iron Theatre Company.

How to Live Faster: Interview with Dito van Reigersberg of Pig Iron

Pig Iron’s latest wild theatrical creation opens this week at FringeArts. I Promised Myself to Live Faster is an absurdist sci-fi epic and wild allegory about gayness in 2015,

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There’s No Bizness like SHOWBIZ: Sebastian has a new show

Sebastian describes SHOWBIZ as “part theater, part concert special, part social commentary extravaganza.”

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Thaddeus Phillips Brings the Drug Trade to FringeArts: Interview with the creative mind behind Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental

The Incredibly Dangerous Astonishing Lucrative and Potentially TRUE Adventures of Barry Seal comes to FringeArts May 14–16, 2015. We interview creator Thaddeus Phillips.

Rott (Steve Underwood) interrogates Bonhoeffer (Chase Byrd) against swastika background. Photo by © James Jackson.

A Theologian and the Nazis: Interview with Mary Ruth Clarke, playwright of BONHOEFFER’S COST (Beacon Theatre Productions)

We spoke to Mary Ruth Clarke her thought-provoking play based on an extraordinary German theologian who worked for the anti-Nazi resistance.

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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,”

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“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.