Interviews

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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,…

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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….

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Jenna Horton And The Birth Of Etna

Interview with Jenna Horton about her Jumpstart piece MOUNTING ETNA.

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Phindie Podcast 02: Brian McCann

For the second of Phindie’s Philadelphia Independent Theater podcasts, hosts Christopher Munden and John Rosenberg talk to talented and versatile local actor Brian McCann. We talk about improv, director Matt…

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Phindie Podcast 01: coffee with Jennifer Summerfield

For Phindie’s first Philadelphia Independent Theater Podcast, hosts Christopher Munden and John Rosenberg sit down for coffee with local actor Jennifer Summerfield. We talk about her next play, audition-induced nerves,…

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Twenty years of Headlong Dance Theater

Through its nearly twenty-year history, Headlong Dance Theater has been stretching boundaries. Stylistically, the company has incorporated such movement backgrounds as ballet, jazz, Bharata Natyam, sports, and sign language. The…

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Interview with James C. Tolbert III

James Tolbert has decades of experience on stages in Philadelphia and around the country, most recently as the lead in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Plays and…

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Angry Ed Miller Dishes On His Fringe Show Wired & Being A Theatre Artist In Philly (he’s not really angry, it’s just “Angry Ed Miller” has a nice ring to it)

Ed Miller has been acting in and creating theater works in Philly since the 90s (the new 60s). Or at least, that’s when I first encountered him, sometime in the…

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Annie’s Got a Brand New Bag: See It at the Philly Fringe

Annie Wilson is a local dancer-choreographer-performer-art maker type who has been making her presence known these past several years since graduation from the University of the Arts. I first met…

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“I always hated the 70s when I was a kid because I was dumb,” and other words of wisdom from John Rosenberg, writer-director of Queen Of All Weapons

California born and bred, now entrenched in Philadelphia, the playwright-director John Rosenberg debuts his latest work Queen Of All Weapons this Saturday at 2pm at the Papermill Theater (2528 Ormes Street) in…

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Bringing Women’s Voices to the Stage: an interview with Polly Rose Edelstein of Crack the Glass Theatre Company

It’s a common complaint: few good roles exist for female actors in Philadelphia. Indeed even your most ardent male feminist (self-proclaimed) tends to turn his theatre company into a boys’…

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Personal Thoughts Made Physical: Jaamil Kosoko talks dance, poetry, and the Gemini Show

Philly-based choreographer and dance impresario Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a busy man these days—creatively, curatorially, and administratively. He recently changed the name of his company from Kosoko Performance Group to The…

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Talkin’ Irish with Madi Distefano of Brat Productions

Six theater companies came together this season to create the Philadelphia Irish Theatre Festival, which featured eight contemporary plays from the Emerald Isle. Brat Productions is joining the fray with…

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Classics Now and Forever: Interview with Quintessence Theatre’s Alexander Burns

Quintessence Theatre Group is wrapping up its inaugural season at the Sedgwick Theater in Mount Airy with The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which is running now through May 22nd….

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The New and Old of It: Interview with BCKSEET’s Gregory DeCandia

BCKSEET Productions has staged more than thirty plays in their eleven-year history, about half of those in Philadelphia, the city the company has called home since 2005. BCKSEET’s current production, Losing the Shore,…

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How To Succeed In Comedy With Really Trying: Interview with The Waitstaff’s Sara Carano

For seven years Sara Carano has been a member of The Waitstaff, a Philly-based sketch comedy troupe that has proven to be one of city’s most durable and successful comedy…