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Perseverance Theatre is presenting two opportunities for theatre goers this week: Sarah Ruhl's Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist play, In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play and The Third Alaska One-Minute Play Festival. Josh Lowman, playwright and director and actors Katie Jensen and James Sullivan join Stage Talk this week to talk about both. Both events are happening in the Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Performing Arts Center, performing April 15th through the 24th. KSKA: Friday, April 15 at 2:45pm

KSKA: Friday, April 8 at 2:45pm Take a magical trip to a fantasy Japan (seen through 19th Century British satire) as Stage Talk welcomes three of the stars from Anchorage Opera's upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado. The Mikado runs April 15-17 in the Discovery Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

When is a play that is known to be about feminism not just about feminism, but really is? Join three members of the cast of Cyrano's latest offering, Gina Gionfriddo's Pulitzer nominated play Rapture, Blister, Burn this week on Stage Talk to find out. Rapture, Blister, Burn performs at Cyrano's April 1 through the 24th. KSKA: Friday, April 1 at 2:45pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO
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TBA Theatre is presenting the stage version (complete with songs from the MGM Movie) of L. Frank Baum's classic tale of Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and of course all those Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz opening Friday, March 25th and running through April 3rd at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the campus of UAA. Join director Megan Bladow, "Wicked Witch of the West" Heather Sawyer and "Cowardly Lion" Isaac Kumpala this week on Stage Talk to hear all about it. KSKA: Friday, March 25 at 2:45pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

This week, on Stage Talk, we "make it all up" with two of Anchorage's top improv companies--Urban Yeti Improv and Scared Scriptless. Join Yeti John Hanus, Scriptless Kristen Doogan and Erik Dahl, who performs with both troupes as they yak it up talking about short forms, long forms and all the forms in between. Urban Yeti performs this Saturday, March 19th at the 49th State Brewing Company and Scared Scriptless performs next Saturday, March 26th at the same venue. KSKA: Friday, March 18 at 2:45pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

The home of "Camp" theatre, Mad Myrnas is presenting for the second year in a row the Alan Menken and Howard Ashman musical Little Shop of Horrors, based on the 1960 low budget black comedy film by Roger Corman. Actors Paige Bohall and Regina MacDonald drop by Stage Talk this week to plant some seeds for discussion. Little Shop of Horrors runs through March 26th. KSKA: Friday, March 11 at 2:45pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

The Greek mythological tale of lost love and a journey to the underworld takes a new turn in Sarah Ruhl's play, Eurydice currently performing at the University of Alaska Department of Theatre and Dance. Join director Ty Hewitt along with actors Kimberly Allely and Angela Colavecchio this week on Stage Talk to hear all about it. Eurydice performs this weekend at the UAA Fine Arts Building Friday through Sunday. KSKA: Friday, March 4 at 2:45pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

This week on Stage Talk we talk about four theatres, three guests and two shows. Sound complicated? Toss Pot Productions is presenting a workshop production at Cyrano's Theatre of Kevin Armento's fascinating play about women disguising themselves as men to join the military during the American Civil War in Good Men Wanted. And then, RKP Productions is presenting one of Shakespeare's most intriguing plays, The Winter's Tale at Out North Contemporary Art House. The common link is Teresa Pond, Cyrano's Producing Artistic Director who also happens to be the director for The Winter's Tale. Join Stage Talk this week for a lively discussion with Teresa, Carrie Yanagawa and Jill Sowerwine about both of these shows opening February 26th. KSKA: Friday, February 26 at 2:45pm Download Audio

Vera Starbard, playwright for Perseverance Theatre's production of Our Voices Will Be Heard along with actor Erin Trip and Anchorage General Manager for Perseverance, Josh Lowman, drop by the studio this week to talk about this exciting new play that runs in the Sydney Laurence Theatre February 19-28. KSKA: Friday, February 19 at 2:45pm LISTEN NOW

Those who are familiar with Anne of Green Gables may or may not be surprised that author L. M. Montgomery wrote several more books about the character of Anne Shirley, and some of those have been tuned into stage plays as well. Valley Performing Arts is presenting the second episode in the life of Anne in the play, Anne of Avonlea opening February 19th and running through March 13th. The mother/daughter actress team of Laura and Kayla Horning along with VPA Executive Director Garry Forrester drop by the studio this week to tell us all about it. KSKA: Friday, February 12 at 2:45pm LISTEN NOW

It's "to grandmother's house" we go this week on Stage Talk as Anchorage Community Theatre's Executive Director Sara Athans and actor Carl Bright take us on a trip to visit Joe DiPietro's comedy, Over The River and Through The Woods currently being performed at ACT through February 14th. KSKA: Friday, February 5 at 2:45pm LISTEN NOW

The University of Alaska Anchorage student-run theatre company, Wolfpack Theatre Club is presenting the exciting two-man play, A Steady Rain by Keith Huff this January 29-31 in the Harper Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of UAA. Both actors come by Stage Talk this week to talk about both the play as well as their exciting club. Join Josh Evans and Isaac Kumpula as they drop by the studio. KSKA: Friday, January 29 at 2:45pm LISTEN NOW

Momentum Dance Collective is presenting their seventh annual Breaking Ground, a collection of various choreographers, dancers and new works, this Saturday January 23rd at the Alaska Dance Theatre's studio (curtain at 7:30pm). Artistic Director Becky Kendall and Company Director Ariel Graham drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about that concert as well as two future events they have lined up. KSKA: Friday, January 22 at 2:45pm LISTEN NOW

Anchorage is getting a new theatre and it's not like any other. Anchorage Dinner Theatre and Last Gap Productions will be presenting Lounge Lizards by Terry Earp opening in the Anchorage City Limits Lofts Hotel Friday, January 22 and running Fridays through Sundays through February 21st. Founder and Director Ron Holmstrom brings a couple of the actors (Julia Cossman and Art Braendel) to Stage Talk this week to give us an appetizer of what is to come. KSKA: Friday, January 15 at 2:45pm LISTEN NOW

Cyrano's Theatre Company starts off the new year with Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Happy Birthday Wanda June and director Dick Reichman, along with actors Krista Schwarting and Mark Stoneburner, drop by the studio this week to talk about it. Happy Birthday Wanda June opens January 15th and runs through February 7th. KSKA: Friday, January 8 at 2:45pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Cyrano's Theatre Company is closing out 2015 with Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) by Michael Carleton, Jim Fitzgerald and John K. Alvarez (running through December 22nd) but another part of Cyrano's is coming to an end--or at least to a transition. Tune in this week to Stage Talk and find out all about the play as well as the important news about the company. KSKA: Friday, December 18 at 2:45pm Download Audio

UAA Department of Music Professor Mari Hahn had an idea of creating an all-new version of the classic tale Hansel and Gretel using Englebert Humperdinck's music with a new libretto that set the story in Alaska. Her efforts have come to fruition with the production of Aklaq and Nayak, An Alaskan Native Adaptation of Hansel and Gretel performing this weekend at the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. Aklaq and Nayak is a co-production between the UAA Department of Music and Anchorage Opera. Mari and Edward Washington II (who plays "Goblin Witch") come by Stage Talk this week to talk about the production. KSKA: Friday, December 11 at 2:45pm Download Audio 

Valley Performing Arts is presenting Julian Wiles' heart-warming comedy Fruitcakes and Dave Nufer ("Mack Morgan") from the show drops by Stage Talk this week to talk about how it's going. Fruitcakes runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 and Sundays at 2:00 through December 20th. KSKA: Friday, December 4 at 2:45pm Download Audio

Frances Hodgson Burnet's popular novel The Secret Garden has been made into numerous movies, a musical and also a straight play adapted by playwright Sylvia Ashby. Anchorage Community Theatre is presenting Ashby's version as their holiday show from November 20 until December 20 with curtain at 7:00pm Thursday-Saturday and 3:00pm on Sundays. Join Director David Block and ACT's Executive Director Sara Athans this week on Stage Talk to find out all about it. KSKA: Friday, Nov. 20, at 2:45 p.m. Listen now:

Providence Hospice is trying something new with its goal of providing important information about Advance Health Care Directives: a play. Playwright Bryan Harnetiaux has written a trilogy of end-of-life plays and one of these plays, Dusk (currently performing in various venues around the Anchorage area) concerns Gil (played by local actor Bill Cotton) who is facing those final decisions with his family. Laced with humor and pathos, Dusk goes into the community rather than performs in a theatre. This week on Stage Talk, Providence Hospice Program Director Pat Dooley and Volunteer Coordinator Vanessa Salinas come by to discuss the play and its positive affect. KSKA: Friday, Nov. 13 at 2:45 p.m. Listen Now: