Interviews

Celebrating Shakespeare at 450: An Interview with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s Carmen Khan

Carmen Khan has devoted much of her life and professional career to Shakespeare. She is well known to the Philadelphia theater community as the founding artistic director and long-time executive…

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Considering A CHRISTMAS CAROL

You might call me a scrooge. The Philadelphia theater scene goes on hiatus in July and August, as most companies take a season break. And for me, December is like…

Daniel Student, artistic director of Plays & Players.

Daniel Student on Tarell Alvin McCraney: An interview with the Plays & Players director about the playwright and his works

Plays & Players Theatre is staging Marcus, Or the Secret of Sweet, the third part of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed Brother/Sister series. Phindie spoke to P&P artistic director Daniel Student, who…

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Roy Kaiser looks forward and back as Pennsylvania Ballet turns 50

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. Pennsylvania Ballet launches its 50th season this month with the celebrations, reunions and gala performances, but the company has already been…

Angela Smith as Harriet Smith, Trevor William Fayle as Mr. Elton, and Lauren Sowa as Emma Woodhouse in Lantern Theater Company's production of Jane Austen's EMMA (2013). Photo by Mark Garvin.

The Perfect Company in the Perfect City: REGENCY AND REVELRY at Lantern Theater Company

It’s now two hundred years ago that the famous line was published: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be…

Sarah Robinson. Lucinda's Bed. BrainSpunk. Fringe 2013.

Fringe interview: Sarah Robinson on LUCINDA’S BED, BrainSpunk Theater, and the monsters under her bed

Sarah Robinson produced and directed one of the highlights of the 2012 Fringe, Sarah Kane’s Crave. She’s also a regular feature on the boards in Philadelphia, appearing recently in SmokeyScout…

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Fringe interview: BSM Pastor Bill Golderer talks about the controversial On the Concept of the Face Regarding the Son of God

The FringeArts-sponsored On the Concept of the Face Regarding the Son of God is one of the most anticipated shows of the 2013 Fringe Festival. Creator Romeo Castellucci is regarded…

Jennifer Blaine Dirty Joke Fringe Festival 2013 Philadelphia

Jennifer Blaine tells Phindie a DIRTY JOKE: An interview with a Fringe funnywoman

Jennifer Blaine (jenniferblaine.wordpress.com) had a one-woman show in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival for the first ten years of its existence (beginning in 1997). She has been performing original one-woman shows for…

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Fringe Preview :: Muse: The Body Overlooked and ThElastic Air Project

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted by kind permission. Site specific works are nothing new to Philadelphia but two performances in the 2013 Fringe  Festival, ThElastic Air Project and Muse:…

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Fringe Interview with New Street Dance Group presenting ChORDED Motion

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. New Street Dance Group, led by co-directors Krista Armbruster and Shannon Dooling will present ChORDED Motion on Saturday, September 14 at the First…

Mary Tuomanen as the Maid of Orleans in SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED. 2013 Philly Fringe Festival.

SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED, a preview: Really cool masks and puppety things

Aaron Cromie, one half of a double-act with Mary Tuomanen, describes with relish the process of creating their latest Fringe piece, Saint Joan, Betrayed. For Saint Joan, Betrayed, the two will…

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Fringe Preview: Recent Graduates Tackle the Fringe, Roots and Enormous PoCkEtZ

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. Between the paperwork, the deadlines and the fees, producing a show for the Fringe can intimidate even the most seasoned professionals. …

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Fringe Interview: As Pretty Does by Keila Cordova Dances

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted by kind permission. On September 6 and 7, Keila Cordova Dances will present As Pretty Does at Temple’s Conwell Dance Theater, a journey of provoking movement and…

Griffin Stanton-Ameisen The Playdaters 2013 Philly Fringe Festival

Griffin Stanton-Ameisen: An interview with the actor/producer of THE PLAYDATERS about theater, relationships, and romcoms.

With credits at almost every independent theater company in town (PAC, EgoPo, Luna, Simpatico, Renegade, Quintessence, etc.), Griffin Stanton-Ameisen has built a reputation as one of the best young actors in…

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Liam Castellan: An interview with the director of TRAVELING LIGHT

Director/producer Liam Castellan of Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress is bringing London’s “Summer of Love” to the 2013 Fringe. His Philadelphia premiere production of Traveling Light, a contemporary piece by local playwright Lindsay Harris Friel about…

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Bruce Walsh: An interview with the playwright/chef serving up Capote, kegs, and eggs

Bruce Walsh—creator of last year’s Fringe home‐hit, Chomsky vs. Buckley, 1969—has sought out fellow playwrights, Chris Davis and Douglas Williams, to stage a collaborative work in their own homes. Awesomely,…

Adjacent Spaces by Leah Stein Dance Company Fringe

Fringe Preview: Architectural dance alchemy, Adjacent Spaces by Leah Stein Dance Company

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. Leah Stein has had a very prolific year performing and choreographing with several projects overlapping, including the first revival of her…

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An Interview with Inquirer critic Merilyn Jackson

Published by The Dance Journal, republished with kind permission. Merilyn Jackson has been writing regularly on dance for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1996 and prior to that on dance, theater,…

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Just one asshole with an opinion: theater critic Mark Cofta on the art of reviewing and observations on Philly’s theater scene

Originally published on the FringeArts blog. Republished with kind permission. “I see 150 to 180 plays a year, and still always regret missing a bunch.” Mark Cofta has been covering…

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Phindie Podcast 03: Michelle Pauls

For Phindie’s third Philadelphia Independent Theater podcast, hosts Christopher Munden and John Rosenberg visit the Walking Fish Theatre in Kensington to talk to owner Michelle Pauls, artistic co-director of B….