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Kristen Doogan, co-owner, performer and director of one of Anchorage’s most popular improv groups, Scared Scriptless joins Stage Talk today to talk about the history of the company, the nature of Improvisation and just what goes on in the heads of all those improv actors as they “make up” hilarious scenes at the drop of a hat. Scared Scriptless performs this Saturday, 5/23 at the Snow Goose Performing Arts Theatre.
KSKA: Friday, May 22, at 2:45 p.m.
Acting Up is a new theatre that grew out of Off Their Rockers and they are presenting their first play May 27-29 at Anchorage Community Theatre. The play, Moonlight Lady promises to be a “romp” with offbeat characters and twists in storyline. Playwright Gail High and Director Linda Benson join Stage Talk this week to talk about both the new company and this new exciting play.
KSKA: Friday, May 15, at 2:45 p.m.
One of the most famous stories of endurance, optimism and life comes to the stage in Valley Performing Arts’ production of The Diary of Anne Frank dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and based upon the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. Director Grant Olson and Gabbe Blackwell, who plays Anne Frank, visit Stage Talk this week to tell us about it. The Diary of Anne Frank performs May 8th-31st.
KSKA: Friday, May 8, at 2:45 p.m.
UAA Department of Theatre and Dance closes their Shakespeare-themed season with John Heimbuch’s William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: A True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague. Actors Alex Albrecht (Shakespeare) and Jake Beauvais (Francis Bacon) drop by the station this week to explain…
KSKA: Friday, April 17 at 2:45pm
Stage Director Bill Fabris and Maestro Thomas Douglas from Anchorage Opera drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about the company’s latest offering: Mozart’s The Magic Flute performing in the Discovery Theatre in the PAC April 10-12.
KSKA: Friday, April 10, at 2:45pm
What do you call a super mix of students, faculty and guest artists who have come together to explore, create and share new and exciting works of dance? Well, it’s the annual University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance’s New Dances 2015. Brian Jeffery (Director) and Melissa Jabaay (Choreographer and Lighting Designer) take time from last minute rehearsals to join Stage Talk this week to tell us how the mix works. New Dances 2015 performs in the Jerry Harper Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of UAA April 3rd through the 12th of April.
KSKA: Friday, April 3, at 2:45 p.m.
The King and Queen of the Faeries (aka Wayne Mitchell and Dana Mitchell from TBA Theatre) visit Stage Talk this week to share with us the magic that is William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream currently performing through this weekend at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the campus of UAA.
KSKA: Friday, March 27, at 2:45pm
There’s a new theatre company in town and they’re presenting the west coast premier of an exciting play to help re-open one of Anchorage’s most exciting venues that’s been dormant for two years. Walking Shadows Theatre Company, founded by Krista Schwarting, Jay Burns and Shelly Wozniak is excited to open award winning playwright Topher Payne’s intriguing play, Perfect Arrangement at Out North Theatre. Perfect Arrangement performs March 19th through April 4th at 7:00pm.
KSKA: Friday, March 20th at 2:45pm
The team of Edgecombe and Ware are at it again. This time with two shows for one actor. David Edgecombe (playwright and director) has collaborated with Elizabeth Ware (playwright, actor) to create A Woman by Design, a play about Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the pioneer female architect who designed many of the destination structures around the Grand Canyon and is credited with helping develop the Southwest architectural style. And along with Red Hot Patriot, The Kick-ass Wit of Molly Ivins by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel, Ware brings to the stage two exciting and challenging roles. Both plays are in repertory at Cyrano’s Theatre Company performing March 19-April 12 with curtain at 7:00 Thursday through Saturday and 3:00 on Sunday.
KSKA: Friday, March 13, at 2:45pm
Horton Foote’s touching drama of a woman who just wants to go home, The Trip to Bountiful is currently playing at Anchorage Community Theatre through March 22nd. Nancy Pearson, who plays Carrie Watts and Tom Lucido, who plays The Sheriff, drop by Stage Talk this week to tell us all about it.
KSKA: Friday, March 6, at 2:45pm
It’s winter and the thoughts of all Alaskans go to visiting the tropics, and Valley Performing Arts is bringing to the stage Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical South Pacific. But not all is as simple as “washing that man right outta my hair”. Listen in to Stage Talk this week to hear Tanya Hegg (Nellie Forbush) and Ed Gilmore (The Professor) engage in a stimulating discussion of some of the deeper aspects of the play. South Pacific runs March 20th-April 19th in Wasilla.
KSKA: Friday, Feb. 27, at 2:45pm
If collaboration is the common denominator of all performing arts, Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska is the ubber-collaboration as it brings together people from Alaska Dance Theatre, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Theatre Artists United, Alaska Children’s Choir, members of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and local actors, dancers and musicians. Join Stage Talk this week to listen to Artistic Executive Producer Steven Alvarez and Artistic Stage Director Teresa Pond as they tell us how it all goes together. Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska performs February 20th-22nd at the Performing Arts Center.
KSKA: Friday, Feb. 20, at 2:45pm
Michael Flood and Liz Morgan from Katori Hall’s 2010 Olivia Award winning drama about a chance meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a mysterious hotel maid on the night before King’s assassination come by Stage Talk this week. Tune in to hear about Perseverance Theatre’s production of The Mountaintop which runs in the Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Performing Arts Center through February 22nd.
KSKA: Friday, Feb.13, at 2:45pm.
What happens when a man wants to be “normal”? What exactly is “normal” and what happens to Charley when science steps in to change his life? Tune in to Stage Talk this week to hear director Teresa Pond and “Charley”, actor Jaron Carlson as they talk about Synesthesia Artist Collective’s lastest production, Flowers for Algernon by David Rogers based on the novel by Daniel Keyes.
KSKA: Friday, Feb. 6, at 2:45pm
Director Rebecca Casselman and Kimberly Allely who plays “Babe” from Anchorage Community Theatre’s presentation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart drop by the studio this week to engage in a stimulating conversation about the production currently running until February 8th.
KSKA: Friday, Jan. 30, at 2:45pm
West High School and Anchorage Opera have come together to produce two moving productions that have one thing in common: Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Join Director Dave Block and actors Suparat Prasannet and Luke Haneck as they give us the story about these extraordinary events: the one-act opera Brundibar, music by Hans Krasa with a new libretto by Tony Kushner and the one-act play I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti performing this weekend at West High School.
KSKA: Friday, Jan. 23 at 2:45pm
Momentum Dance Collective’s Ariel Graham and Becky Kendall drop by the studio to talk about their upcoming production of Breaking Ground performing January 17th at the Alaska Dance Theatre as well as to chat about dance opportunities in Anchorage and the nature of dance in the performing arts.
KSKA: Friday, Jan 16, at 2:45 p.m.
Two of Anchorage’s finest actors join together in the two-person play about love and science, David Rambo’s The Ice-Breaker, opening at Cyrano’s Theatre Company on January 9th and running until February 1st. Join Mark Robokoff and Sarah Baird and they drop by the studio to talk about their latest project.
KSKA: Friday, January 9th at 2:45pm