And Scene #12 - Tony Awards Wrap-Up w/ Robert W. Schneider

June 19, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

First, apologies for the audio issues with Mike’s track. Our online studio is working to fix the problem!

In Act 1, we discuss this week’s theater news & notes, including the current drama around the Central Park production of Julius Caesar, playbill.com's new FREE ticket program, and the curious casting for the tour of The Curious Incident!!

In Act 2, we welcome back host of the Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends podcast, Robert W. Schneider!  Rob, who had reviewed the Tony nominations with us, returns to discuss the Tony Awards show: the winners and losers, the surprises and disappointments, and the ways to improve the show next year. 

What did you think of the Tony Awards?  Did anything surprise you?  Did you like Kevin Spacey as host?  How would you improve the show?  Let us know!  Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

SOURCES

Julius Caesar: http://deadline.com/2017/06/free-theater-threaten-fallout-julius-caesar-rally-1202113393/

Playbill Clubseats: http://www.playbill.com/clubseats

Mickey Rowe: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mickey-rowe-autism_us_59130afde4b050bdca6112d7?utm_hp_ref=theatre

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And Scene #11 - Casting w/ Joy Dewing

June 12, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

In Act 1, we discuss this week’s theater news & notes, including the gender equality efforts of the group Waking the Feminists, the veteran rehabilitation efforts of the group Bravo 22 Company, and Meghan’s efforts to teach folks in China how to innovate using theater!!

In Act 2, we welcome casting director Joy Dewing.  Sadly, Meghan was in a rehearsal of her own, so Mike and Joy talk about how one becomes a casting director, the Do’s and Don’t’s for auditioners, how to build your vocal book, and why you should never call her a casting “agent”.  We also discuss the current movement by casting directors to unionize for better security.  It’s quite an interesting conversation, and some great insight into what the folks on “the other side of the table” are thinking.  If you are starting your professional acting career, you must listen to this episode!

Do you have any questions, comments, or horror stories from your times in the audition room?   Let us know!  Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

SOURCES

Stacey Keach:
http://www.playbill.com/article/goodman-theatre-confirms-stacy-keach-suffered-onstage-heart-attack-during-pamplona

Waking the Feminists:
https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/the-abbey-welcomes-wakingthefeminists-research/
http://www.wakingthefeminists.org/

iSTAN:
https://i-stan.org/istan.html

Rachel Hoffman CD Unionization Letter:
http://www.theensemblist.com/blog/2017/6/7/what-my-community-is-asking-for-is-fairness

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And Scene #10 - News of the (Theater) World

June 5, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

Taking a page from one particular theater genre, we had to improvise this week, and present to you an entire episode of News & Notes from around the globe.  Take a listen to hear how companies in Utah, Israel, South Africa, and more are innovating to bring education, diversity and understanding to their people.  Links to all of the stories we discuss are below.

Do you have any theater news you’d like us to talk about?  Any particular country’s theater scene on which you’d like more information?  Let us know!  Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

SOURCES:

New York

San Francisco

Utah

UK

South Africa

Israel

Japan

Colombia

HowlRound.com

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And Scene #9 - Broadway B Sides

May 29, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

In Act 1, we have news of Broadway’s financial health, a possible frontrunner for the 2018 Tonys, and the merits of post-performance talkbacks (http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2017/5/24/david-mamet-doesnt-want-you-to-talk-about-david-mamet-after-seeing-a-david-mamet-play). 

In Act 2, we wanted to have a little fun and discuss those showtunes that don’t find themselves on Best of Broadway albums, but remain near and dear to our hearts.  We call them Broadway B Sides!  (And for those of you who have no idea what a “B Side” is, don’t worry, we explain that, too!) Listen in as we discuss why certain lesser-known songs from musicals as diverse as Guys and Dolls to Hedwig and the Angry Inch strike a chord with us.

What are your favorite Broadway B Sides?  Is there a little-loved song that really moves you, even on your hundredth time listening to it?  Let us know!  Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

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And Scene #8 - “Mama’s Got the Stuff” - Parent Artist Advocacy w/ Rachel Spencer Hewitt

May 22, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  We are joined this week by actress and activist Rachel Spencer Hewitt (@RachelSHewitt)! 

In Act 1, we talk about the veritable deluge of live musicals coming to TV this upcoming season, another new theater sprouting up in the UK, and some summer theater festivals that are coming to different parts of the U.S. (https://nyti.ms/2qzoIfG). 

In Act 2, the founder of auditioningmom.com and the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAALtheatre.com), Rachel Spencer Hewitt, talks to us about the League’s mission to address an often overlooked contingency of the theater world: the working parent-artist.  Rachel highlights for us the obstacles parents working in the theater face, and ways producers and the theater community at large can help parents overcome those obstacles and moderate their work-life balance.  Most importantly, we discuss upcoming fora PAAL is hosting to hear from parent-artists about the hurdles they have to overcome in pursuing the two most important parts of their lives: their artistic vocation, and their dedication to caregiving (see dates below).

Are you a parent working in the theater?  Are you thinking about starting a family and want a heads up on what to expect?  Let us know!  Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening.

MOTHERHOOD IN THEATRE: BREAKING THE SILENCE 2017 FORA
Forum Philadelphia (6/10): http://tinyurl.com/PAALPhiladelphia
Forum NJ (6/11): https://tinyurl.com/PAALnewjersey
Forum NYC (6/12): https://tinyurl.com/PAALnewyork

Facebook: /PAALperformingarts
Twitter: @PAALtheatre
Blog: PAALblog.wordpress.com
Source: AuditioningMom.com
Source Twitter: @AuditioningMom

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And Scene #7 - Theater Photography w/ Marc J Franklin

May 15, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  We are joined this week by theater photographer, Marc J. Franklin (@MarcJFranklin)! 

In Act 1, we talk about the somewhat surprising sweeps of the non-Tony awards handed out this week, some new theaters both home and abroad, and the announcement of NBC’s latest foray into televised musicals. 

In Act 2, Marc joins us to discuss his career as a photographer working in and around the theater.  Marc is the staff photographer for playbill.com so you’ve most definitely seen his work — whether you’ve known it or not!  Marc gives us some hints on how to prepare for a headshot session, what equipment to buy if you’re a budding photographer, and what happens when a cruise-goer knock int your F-stop!

What are your experiences with theatrical photography?  Have you posed for a production photo call?  Any headshot horror stories?  Let us know! Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening.

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And Scene #6 - Tony, Tony w/ Rob W. Schneider

May 8, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  We are joined this week by theater professor and host of the Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends podcast (https://behindthecurtainbroadwayslivinglegends.wordpress.com/), Robert W. Schneider (@RobWSchneider)! 

In Act 1, we talk about what some theater troupes are doing to serve specialized audiences, Broadway gypsies taking it all off for charity, and the boy wizard’s arrival on the Great White Way. 

In Act 2, Rob joins us to discuss the 2017 Tony Awards nominations.  Who are the nominees?  Who will win, and who should win?  There is no Hamilton-sized juggernaut this year, so the top awards all seem to be up for grabs, and lead to some interesting conversation about the trends on Broadway.

Tell us your opinions on this year’s Tony nominations!  Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening.

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And Scene #5 - Getting to Know You

May 1, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  In Act 1, we'll update you on the Drama Desk nominations (http://dramadeskawards.com/nominees), why the English Opera is pulling a Henry Higgins, and Shakespeare fan fiction?!? 

In Act 2, we thought it would be good for you to learn a little more about your hosts.  Now, we could do that by spouting off our resumes, but we thought it would be more fun if we each told you our Top Five Theatrical Moments.  From beers on the beach, to handing out flyers with our toes, these moments offer a deeper look into what made us love theater, and how it has affected our lives.

Tell us about your top theatrical moments!  Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening.

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And Scene #4 - Greek Theater w/ Nikoletta Thoma

April 24, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  In Act 1, we'll update you on some casting news, where your NEA dollars actually go (http://wapo.st/2py2LK3?tid=ss_tw), and why lovers of Prestige TV might be ripe for new theatrical works (https://n.pr/2oujQFw). 

In Act 2, we start our look at the History of Theater by going allllllll the way back to the Ancient Greeks.  This is is general overview of the topic, and one to which we will hopefully return to delve deeper into specific aspects of the birthplace of theater.  Then, we are honored to be joined by heralded Greek actress Nikoletta Thoma.  Nikoletta discusses what it’s like to work as an actress in Greece today, how modern Greek theater handles its storied history, and the beauty of performances under the stars

Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening.

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And Scene #3 - What is a National Theater, and Why Doesn’t the U.S. Have One?

April 17, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  In Act 1, we'll update you on the Olivier Awards and Pulitzer Prize, military support of Broadway (http://bit.ly/2ozr3nS), and Tajikistan police (http://nyp.st/2o63P6Q)? 

In Act 2, we discuss the concept of a National Theater — not the theater building located in Washington, D.C., but a, at least in part, government funded theater.  This was actually one of our test episodes that we’ve added some updates to, so apologies for the slight dip in audio quality for part of this! 

Finally, in Act 3, we’ll preview next week’s episode. 

Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening.

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