At its core, theatre is storytelling and in Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s re-telling of Homer’s The Illiad as An Illiad a poet appears in an empty theatre to tell a story about sacrifice, war and the rage of mankind. Bostin Christopher, as The Poet, and Director Art Rotch visit Stage Talk to tell us the story of this remarkable play being presented by Perseverance Theatre in the Sydney Laurence Theatre October 24th through November 2nd.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 24, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s almost Halloween and so why not go visit a haunted house with a ghost that’s well… a little frustrated that no one takes him seriously! Valley Performing Arts is presenting the John Vreeke stage adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story, The Canterville Ghost. Director Wendy Golter and actor Jason Bailey visit Stage Talk this week to help us scare up the story.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 17, at 2:45 p.m.
One of drama’s most complex and powerful women comes to the stage as Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in a new translation by Jon Robin Baitz opening October 10th and running through November 2nd. Annia Wyndam who plays the title character and Jamie Nelson who plays her husband, George Tesman join Stage Talk this week to talk about how they have approached these multi-faceted characters.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 10, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s that time of year when witches come out… on stage? Well they do if the play is John Van Druten’s Bell, Book and Candle being presented by Anchorage Community Theatre opening October 10th and running through November 2nd. Director David Flavin and the “human-wannabe-witch” Gillian, played by actress Kaichen McRae, drop by the studio this week on Stage Talk to give us all the details.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 3, at 2:45 p.m.
The world’s longest running musical is coming to the University of Alaska Department of Theatre and Dance when Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ The Fantasticks opens October 3rd in the Jerry Harper Studio Theatre. Part of UAA’s season of Shakespeare-related shows, The Fantasticks stands on its own with its story of love, struggle and maturity with a little magic thrown in as well.
KSKA: Friday, Sept. 26, at 2:45 p.m.
Synesthesia Artist Collective or “Syn Arts” is the new company in town and this year they’re bringing five productions to the stage starting with the audience participation musical by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Show at Mad Myrna’s opening October 3rd and running through November 8th. Founding Artistic Director Scott Heverling and Actor Paige Langit (who plays “Riff Raff” in Rocky Horror) stop by the studio this week to unveil their season and to talk about a fresh approach to the classic musical.
KSKA: Friday, Sept. 19, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s a tale told by one of America’s most respected yet unorthodox playwrights, Christopher Durang and Perseverance Theatre of Juneau is bringing it to Anchorage to start off their 2014-15 season. The 2013 Tony Award winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is Durang’s latest work and actors Patricia Hull and Ben Brown visit the studio to talk about the play, their characters and how they have approached their parts.
KSKA: Friday, Sept. 12, at 2:45 p.m.
More of a “who is it?” than a “who dun it” Guy Bolton’s English translation of Marcelle Maurette’s drama Anastasia will intrigue both history buffs as well as drama aficionados. Director (and history teacher) Grant Olson is having a blast making sure everything is historically accurate along with triple threat Shellie Riggan (actor, property mistress and hair designer). Join Grant and Shellie as they give us a backstage and history tour into Valley Performing Arts‘ latest offering opening September 5th and running until the 28th.
KSKA: Friday, 9/5 at 2:45pm
Cyrano’s Theater Company starts its new season with “4000 Miles,” a story about a young man’s relationship with his grandmother Vera, jokingly dubbed the “token old lady” by actor Linda Benson. Director Krista Schwarting and actor Linda Benson join us in studio to talk more on “4000 Miles.”
You think you have roommate problems. How about the ghost of a former actor that swashbuckles with you while reciting Shakespeare? Join Anchorage Community Theatre director Colby Bleicher and actor Jeremy Johnson from Paul Rudnick’s hilarious comedy I Hate Hamlet opening Friday August 22nd and running through September 21st this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday, August, 22, at 2:45 p.m.
The University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting a season that pays homage to Shakespeare but it’s all (or mostly) a facade. Literally. Tune into Stage Talk this week to join guests Daniel Carlgren, David Edgecombe and Chris Evans as they reveal their upcoming line-up that include zombies, a world gone crazy and cross-dressing lovers. You can “try to remember” but you’ll still have some Doubt.
KSKA: Friday, August 15, at 2:45 p.m.
Josh Lowman from Perseverance Theatre of Juneau drops by Stage Talk this week to talk about all five shows that the company is bringing to Anchorage this year. From a one-man play to a play about one man who made huge a difference in our lives and from “bah humbug” to the oddest of best friends, Perseverance promises to to bring quality theatre to the Anchorage audience.
KSKA: Friday, August 8, at 2:45 p.m.
Hold on tight — ACT will be taking everyone on a comedy, drama and musical tour from New York to Texas with points in between for their 2014-15 season. Join executive director Don Gomes as he plays “tour director” and tells all about what’s coming up — including an added show to their regular season and plans for a “second” season.
KSKA: Friday, August 1, at 2:45 p.m.
They’ve been singing for thirty-three years and dancing for almost that long and now The Music Machine comes to Stage Talk. Hear co-founder Janet Carr-Campbell sing the praises of all those she has worked with over the years and listen to ten-year old singer and dancer phenom Abby Sorum talk about what she loves most about performing. The Music Machine’s annual musical revue starring sixty-five children aged six to eighteen opens July 30th and runs through August 2nd at the Performing Arts Center’s Discovery Theatre.
KSKA: Friday, July 25 at 2:45pm
Cyrano’s Theatre Company is presenting, for the second time, Nora and Delia Ephron’s intriguing play about clothing, women and the stories they tell in Love Loss and What I Wore July 21st through August 13th. Director Linda Benson and Danielle Rabinovitch, one of the six talented actors who portray those stories, drop by Stage Talk this week to give us an insider’s view into what this play is all about.
KSKA: Friday, July 18th at 2:45pm
Summertime is the perfect time for a…barbecu? It is if it is a Texas take-off of one of Richard Wagner’s classic opera’s, Der Ring des Nibelungen called Das Barbecu. Seems the good folks who like opera also like to have a little fun and so Jim Luigs and Scott Warrender decided to write a musical that features characters from Wagner’s classic tale but set in Texas. Confusing? Then listen this week to Stage Talk as director Regina MacDonald and actor Tiffany Chancey stop by to talk about Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s latest offering which opens July 17th and runs through August 24th.
KSKA: Friday, July 11, at 2:45 p.m.
There’s a lot of Theatre going on just up the road a piece in Talkeetna this summer. Nick Condon, Denali Arts Council’s Director of Drama, has two shows coming up: the musical Schoolhouse Rock that features favorite songs like “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” and an improv show called appropriately enough, Iditaprov. Schoolhouse Rock runs July 25, 26 and 27 at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar.
KSKA: Friday, July 4, at 2:45 p.m.
A. A. Milne’s endearing and enduring characters Kanga, Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit among others come to life in the Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s production of Kristin Sergel’s stage adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh. AFAA’s Executive Director Holly Linsay along with Co-Director Holly Tarkov and actor Chris Cox come on Stage Talk this week to let Jean and Steve in on all the fun. Winnie-the-Pooh opens in Eagle River on July 11th and runs through the 26th.
KSKA: Friday, June 27, at 2:45 p.m.
Imagine “You must pay the rent!” “I can’t pay the rent!” “I’ll pay the rent!” “My hero!” “Curses, foiled again!” sung in the style of five different musical theatre composers from five time periods with four actors and you get an idea of the craziness of Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s hilarious satire of musical theatre, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Join Midnight Sun Theatre’s founder and director Dave Block and actress Suzanne Snyder as they explain how it all fits together this week on Stage Talk. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) performs at Anchorage Community Theatre July 4th through July 26th.
KSKA: Friday, June 20, at 2:45 p.m.
Jean Paal reports from the Last Frontier Theatre Conference with her guest Arthur M. Jolly, award winning playwright and screenwriter. Join Jean and Arthur as they let us in on the goings-on at this year’s annual migration of playwrights, actors and directors to Valdez.
KSKA: Friday, June 13, at 2:45 p.m.