Interviews

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“My busy, wacky, wonderful life”: Parents on stage and off stage, THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Media Theatre)

The wacky parents of THE ADDAMS FAMILY at the Media Theatre share the joys and difficulties of juggling two lead roles in their lives.

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One of the oldest taboos in history: Interview with Dan Hodge on The Rape of Lucrece

Philadelphia audiences are still buzzing about Dan Hodge’s performance of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece. Henrik Eger interviews him about the play.

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Give the rhinos a chance: Interview with the actors of Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS

I asked cast members of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC), Philadelphia’s absurdist theatre (since 2006), founded by artistic director Tina Brock, what Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS brought up for them as actors and as people. The range of responses is as astounding as this production. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this Phindie interview.

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On becoming a RHINOCEROS: Interview with director Tina Brock 

Tina Brock, writer, actor, founder and producing artistic director of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC) since 2006—Philadelphia’s only absurdist theatre company—holds degrees from the University of Maryland and West Chester University, works as a Standardized Patient Trainer at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, and makes the impossible possible, year after year, with some of the most thought provoking and unusual productions.

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Nudity or Crudity: a conversation with Mary Tuomanen about THE BODY LAUTREC

I asked Tuomanen, who directed the piece, to talk about The Body Lautrec. On extremely short notice, she agreed (“Aaron called me, said someone was upset about Lautrec and you wanted to ask me some questions.”) We talk about filth, exploitation, agency, and other uplifting stuff.

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Playwright to playwright: Douglas Williams (Safe Space) interviewed by Chris Davis (Anna K)

In this special Phindie feature, Chris interviews Doug about safe spaces, role-playing, and the playwriting process.

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Fringe interview: Josh McIlvain on SLIDESHOWs and editing the Fringe Guide

Every fan of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival has seen Josh McIlvain’s work—even if they haven’t seen his theatrical work. For the past few years Josh has edited the Fringe blog and…

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Fringe interview with Michelle Pauls: LIVING IN EXILE and the early days of the Fringe

Now in its 18th year, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival has changed a lot since its early days. Once a small weeklong Old City event, with shows and happenings across the…

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Fringe preview: Trajal Harrell brings Greek theater ‘Realness’

Some contemporary choreographers prefer not to explain, in concrete terms, what they intend their choreography to mean, but Trajal Harrell is happy not only to talk about his dance works, but also his creative process. In a phone interview from Berlin earlier this month, Harrell delved into the various aspects of his dance-theater opus Antigone Sr. / Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (L), before its opening as one of the centerpiece shows at 2014 FringeArts.

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Fringe interview with Colie McClellan of THEY CALL ME ARETHUSA

Phindie spoke to Colie McClellan about her Fringe show THEY CALL ME ARETHUSA, a story of intimate partner violence interweaved with Greek mythology and Southern folklore.

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Mauckingbird Presents Staged Readings of Two Gay Milestones

Two groundbreaking plays in the history of queer theater–Lillian Hellman’s THE CHILDREN’S HOUR and Mart Crowley’s THE BOYS IN THE BAND—will be presented in the format of staged readings over the next two weekends by Mauckingbird Theatre Company.

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About, or in, the Liminal Space: John Ollom at 954 Dance Movement Collective

Phindie dance writer Katelyn Bobek spoke with New York City based choreographer John Ollom about his work and a new series of classes in Philadelphia.

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Talking Sex, Substance, and SUSPENDED with Brian Sanders

Perennial Fringe favorite Brian Sanders and his dare-devil dance company JUNK have created a provocative new offering for this year’s Festival. Described as a journey “through a fantastical titillating abyss,”…

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Gunnar Montana rises: Interview with the experimental Fringe stalwart about his show RESURRECTION ROOM

Philadelphia artist and choreographer Gunnar Montana is no stranger to the Fringe Festival. Since his show ‘RUB’ debuted in 2012, the seriously experimental Montana has brought some of the most…

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Rhythm, race, and energy: Interview with Ozzie Jones on the first African American production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN in Philadelphia

The issue of diversity in theater (and in theater reviewing) is a ongoing subject of conversation. Kash Goins isn’t just talking about it. His GoKash Productions has produced a series…

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From Mormon Boy to Rent Boy: Interview with solo performer Steven Fales

They have a name for former LDS in Utah: Jack Mormons. You can leave the Mormon church, but the Mormon upbringing will never leave you. In his solo work CONFESSIONS…

Gizel Jimenez and ensemble in the Walnut's 2013 show IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo credit: Mark Garvin.

Walnut Street Theatre: Part 3, The Changing Shape of Philadelphia Theater

Katelyn Behrman’s three-part series on the Walnut Street Theatre concludes with a consideration of the Walnut’s place in the changing landscape of Philadelphia theater.

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“What doesn’t kill me makes a great story later”: Interview with Robert Patrick on the birth of Off-Off-Broadway and 50 years of gay theater in America

Robert Patrick, born into a migrant worker’s family in 1937, wrote many plays, songs, poems and stories. According to the Samuel French script company, he was the most produced playwright in New York City in the 1970s. His two most famous plays are Haunted Host and Kennedy’s Children. He currently lives in L.A. and earns a living writing porn reviews.

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Playwright on Playwright: Two charming people interview one another

Daniel Talbott (You Know My Name: A Daniel Talbott Trio) and Kathleen Warnock (Some Are People), two of the playwrights with work in this year’s GayFest!, happen to be old friends and professional colleagues. These two unique personalities interview each other about their participation in Quince Productions’ festival, their writing habits, and a slew of other topics from desserts to dreams.

Quince Productions’ GayFest! kicks off with HEAD OVER HEELS

Philadelphia’s first and largest LGBTQ theater festival, GayFest! by Quince Productions, returns this August 5-23 to Plays and Players Skinner Studio. Opening this year’s festival is the The Bang Group’s HEAD OVER HEELS, a high energy mix of concert dance, slapstick, and musical theater in a cabaret setting. Artistic director and choreographer David Parker took time with me to offer some insights into the dance and his New York City dance ensemble’s interests in creating the piece.