This week on Stage Talk, director Elizabeth Hanson talks about Valley Performing Arts‘ production of The Trip to Bountiful. Written in 1953 by Horton Foote, who also wrote the play To Kill a Mockingbird, (based on the book written by Harper Lee), this play became an award-winning movie in 1985. The Trip to Bountiful opens tonight in Wasilla and runs through May 27.
KSKA: Friday 5/11 at 2:45 pm
It’s the late ’30s when famed actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne retreat to their estate in Wisconsin (called Ten Chimneys) to prepare for a production of Chekhov’s The Sea Gull where they are surrounded by other famed actors, family members and hangers-on. This week on Stage Talk two actors from Cyrano’s production of Ten Chimneys join hosts Steve and Jean.
KSKA: Friday 5/4 at 2:45 pm
This week on Stage Talk, actors Rob Lecrone and Todd Sherwood talk about Anchorage Community Theatre‘s production of Steven Dietz’s modern adaptation of the classic play originally penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette in 1899. Will Sherlock finally meet his Waterloo? Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play, Sherlock Holmes opens Friday, April 27 at ACT.
KSKA: Friday 4/20 at 2:45 pm
This week on Stage Talk, actors Keith McCoy and Lizan Mitchell talk about the ground breaking play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury as produced by Perseverance Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
KSKA: Friday 4/13 at 2:45 pm
This week on Stage Talk, director, Krista Schwarting and Julie Sweum who plays “Artie” talk about Cyrano’s production of Eleemosynary, a beautifully written work that sensitively probes the lives and relationships of three women -a grandmother, her daughter and granddaughter.
KSKA: Friday 4/5 at 2:45 pm
This week on Stage Talk John Fraser, director of Jonathan Larson’s critically acclaimed musical Rent and Mark Robokoff who plays the part of Tom Collins talk about the upcoming show produced by Theatre Artists United in collaboration with Alaska Theatre of Youth. Rent opens tonight at the PAC and runs through April 7.
KSKA: Friday 3/30 2:45 pm
A puppet adventure for the whole family, Bring Back The Sunshine follows a young woman on her quest through a scary north country to help rescue her husband from an evil general. This week on Stage Talk, hosts Steve and Jean interview playwright and director, Fran Lautenberger and composer Maria Hahn from UAA.
KSKA: Friday 3/23 at 2:45 pm
Members of the Anchorage Opera discuss one of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music. This production marks the final presentation of the Opera’s 50th anniversary season.
KSKA: Friday, 3/16 at 2:45pm
Valley Performing Arts in Wasilla wants the audience to feel like they’ve stepped into the classic movie The Wizard of Oz when they come see their live production. Director Larry Bottjen has assembled over 50 cast members, a live orchestra, a dog named Toto and even a melting witch to recreate the world where Dorothy and her new friends come upon adventure after adventure.
KSKA: Friday. 3/9 at 2:45pm
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof opens Friday March 9 at Anchorage Community Theatre. Lead actress, Lindsey Lamar who plays Catherine and ACT’s executive director, Bill Cotton join hosts Jean and Steve this week on Stage Talk.
This play contains some adult language.
KSKA: Friday 3/2 at 2:45 pm
A funny and moving evening of theatre about the healing power of friendship by Pulitzer prize and Tony Award winning playwright and member of the famed Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. As fresh and tasty as a donut right out of the oven!
KSKA: Friday, 2/24 at 2:45pm
Perseverance Theater of Juneau kicks of its first season of plays in Anchorage with The Blue Bear based on the book by Lynn Schooler. Lynn and sister Lou Ann who adapted the book into a play join Stage Talk host Jean Paal to talk about The Blue Bear opening at the Syndney Laurence theater tonight.
KSKA: Friday 2/10 at 2:45 pm
Written in 1907, The Playboy of the Western World caused riots when it opened in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. UAA students and actors Caleb Bourgeois and Jessica Brown stop by to talk about the show opening at UAA on February 10 this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday 2/3 at 2:45 pm
This week on Stage Talk, Jack Dalton and Leslie Ward stop by to talk about the 18th annual Under :30 opening at Out North next weekend. This year there will be three under 30 minute plays showcasing new works of Alaskan artists. Leslie Ward talks about her performance art piece centered on a tragic incident she experienced as teacher in the Bush.
KSKA: Friday 1/20 at 2:45 pm
The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play changes direction when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and her health. The play draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
KSKA: Friday, 1/13 at 2:45pm
Still running off-Broadway and performed by special permission from the producers. A hilarious and stirring play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memories covering all the important subjects.
KSKA: Friday, 1/6 at 2:45pm
A Neil Simon comedy, loosely based on the story of Job, God’s Favorite opens January 6 at Valley Performing Arts. This week on Stage Talk, Todd Broste who plays a messenger from God – “Sydney Liptop” – stops by to talk about the upcoming show in Wasilla.
KSKA: Friday 12/30 at 2:45 pm