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Stage Talk

“Ready for my close-up Ms. Crystal!”

“Ready for my close-up Ms. Crystal!”

What is every “Any-town USA” actor’s dream? Why to have a famous actress come by to audition you for her repertory company. But there may be more than meets the eye in Dick Reichman’s new play, The Audition opening at Cyrano’s Theatre Company April 24th and running through May 18th. Join Dick and Julia Cossman who plays Simone Crystal this week on Stage Talk as they talk about this exiting new offering from one of Anchorage’s hometown playwrights.

KSKA: Friday, April 18, at 2:45 p.m.
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April 18, 2014 - 9:32 am
“Cat” comes to town

“Cat” comes to town

Tennessee Williams’ story of family, greed and sexuality, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is coming to town as Perseverance Theatre of Juneau brings the play to the Sydney Laurence Theatre. Join Enrique Bravo (Brick) and Kevin T. Bennett (Dr. Baugh) as they visit Stage Talk to tell us all about this classic offering of American theatre opening April 11th and running through the 27th.

KSKA: Friday, April 11, at 2:45 p.m.
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April 11, 2014 - 7:29 am
A “Polar Bat” flies to Anchorage

A “Polar Bat” flies to Anchorage

Anchorage Opera has re-worked the classic Strauss opera, Die Fledermaus (which means “the bat”) with an Alaskan flair to become The Polar Bat. Join librettist Deborah Brevoort and stage director Bill Fabris to find out how they made the change this week on Stage Talk.

KSKA: Friday, April 4, at 2:45 p.m.
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April 4, 2014 - 8:25 am
VPA’s The Marvelous Wonderettes

VPA’s The Marvelous Wonderettes

Take a step back in time to the ’50s and ’60s and meet “Suzy” and “Cindy Lou” aka Karly O’Loughlin and Kelly Anderson from Valley Performing Art’s production of Roger Bean’s musical The Marvelous Wonderettes opening March 28th and running through April 20th.

KSKA: Friday, March 28, at 2:45 p.m.
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March 28, 2014 - 8:14 am
Cyrano’s All The Great Books (abridged)

Cyrano’s All The Great Books (abridged)

Seen a good book lately? How about eighty-six? In ninety-eight minutes. Join Jaron Carlson and Jay Burns, two-thirds of the cast of Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s production of All The Great Books (abridged), another in the series of hilarious shows developed by The Reduced Shakespeare Company (those folks who brought you The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)) as they give us a backstage tour as to how it all comes together. All The Great Books (abridged) runs March 28th-April 20th.

KSKA: Friday, March 21, at 2:45 p.m.
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March 21, 2014 - 7:50 am
TAU has some “magic to do” with their production of Pippin

TAU has some “magic to do” with their production of Pippin

Steven Alvarez and  John Fraser from Theatre Artists United (TAU) visit Stage Talk this week to talk about their upcoming production of Stephen Schwartz’s ever-popular musical Pippin opening March 21st and running through March 30th.

KSKA: Friday, March 14, at 2:45 p.m.
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March 14, 2014 - 10:00 am
M Butterfly coming to UAA Department of Theatre and Dance

M Butterfly coming to UAA Department of Theatre and Dance

Espionage, intrigue and love all come together in David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award winning play, M Butterfly. Join director Jessica Jacob and actor Alder Fletcher from UAA Department of Theatre and Dance as they visit Stage Talk to talk about their upcoming production of this moving drama based on a true story opening March 21st and running through April 6th.

KSKA: Friday, 3/7, at 2:45 p.m.
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March 7, 2014 - 8:35 am
Send in A Thousand Clowns

Send in A Thousand Clowns

“Chuckles the Chipmunk” couldn’t make it, but the next best thing did when James Jensen and Caleb Swan from Anchorage Community Theatre’s production of Herb Gardner’s A Thousand Clowns drop by to talk about this heart-warming comedy opening March 7th and running through the 30th.

KSKA: Friday, 2/28 at 2:45 p.m.
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February 28, 2014 - 8:36 am
Cyrano’s Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes

Cyrano’s Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes

“To sell out or not to sell out, that is the question” in Yussef El Guindi’s comedy about Ashraf, a struggling actor who must choose between a humble, yet artistically rewarding career on stage and playing a stereotypical terrorist in a film (albeit with a beautiful woman and gads of money!). Join playwright Yussef El Guindi of Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes along with director Dick Reichman this week on Stage Talk as they talk about Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s latest offering running through March 9th.

KSKA: Friday, 2/21 at 2:45 p.m.
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February 21, 2014 - 8:47 am
The Play Known As Rush At Everlasting

The Play Known As Rush At Everlasting

Anchorage playwright Arlitia Jones and actor Charity Pomeroy join Jean and Steve this week to talk about Arlitia’s latest play, Rush at Everlasting being brought to town by Perseverance Theatre of Juneau, performing at the Sydney Laurence Theatre February 14th through the 23rd.

KSKA: Friday 2/14 at 2:45pm
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February 14, 2014 - 9:17 am
UAA Theatre presents The Night of the Iguana

UAA Theatre presents The Night of the Iguana

There’s more than what just meets the eye in this week’s Stage Talk as Scenic Designer Daniel Carlgren and Costume Designer Colleen Metzger from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Department of Theatre and Dance stop by to talk about creating the evocative world of Tennessee Williams’ powerful drama, The Night of the Iguana opening February 14th and running through March 2nd.

KSKA: Friday 2/7 at 2:45pm
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February 7, 2014 - 10:26 am
VPA’s Pollyanna

VPA’s Pollyanna

Feeling a little in the dumps? Charly Rentz as “Pollyanna” will make you smile as she is joined by fellow cast members to talk about Valley Performing Arts production of Susan Pargman’s adaptation of this classic tale of the eternal optimist performing February 14th through March 9th.

KSKA: Friday 1/31 at 2:45pm
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January 31, 2014 - 9:56 am
ACT’s Charley’s Aunt

ACT’s Charley’s Aunt

It’s comic mayhem with a pretend matron as Anchorage Community Theatre brings the hilarious Charley’s Aunt to the stage. Linda Benson and Carl Bright visit Stage Talk this week to talk about Brandon Thomas’ classic farce opening January 24th and running through February 16th.

KSKA: Friday, January 24th at 2:45pm
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January 24, 2014 - 9:36 am
Anchorage Opera crowds the mic

Anchorage Opera crowds the mic

Four guests, two shows, fifteen minutes. That’s what happens this week on Stage Talk when folks from Anchorage Opera come by to talk about Rossini’s The Marriage Contract and Schubert’s Die Winterreise, two offerings from the company this January and March.

KSKA: Friday 1/17 at 2:45pm
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January 17, 2014 - 8:48 am
VPA’s Dixie Swim Club

VPA’s Dixie Swim Club

It’s reunion time and these five women from North Carolina make the best of it every five years. Now it’s time for you to join them this week on Stage Talk as Marcia Beck and Lori Harris from VPA’s production of the playwright team of Jones, Hope and Wooten’s The Dixie Swim Club tell us all about the show opening January 10th and running through the 26th.

KSKA: Friday 1/10 at 2:45pm
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January 10, 2014 - 10:00 am
One trunk. Many branches. Cyrano’s The Syringa Tree.

One trunk. Many branches. Cyrano’s The Syringa Tree.

Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien, a one-woman tour-de-force in which actor Nava Sarracino portrays twenty-four characters from two families during early apartheid to present-day free South Africa. Nava and Director Dick Reichman join Stage Talk this week to share how this play came about and how Nava approaches the challenges of such a demanding role.

KSKA: Friday, 1/3/14 at 2:45pm

January 3, 2014 - 10:12 am

Cyrano’s 2014 Season

From Shakespeare to a South African tour-de-force, to a world premier from a local playwright, Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s 2014 season promises to be full of surprises, artistic challenges and more. Join Producing Artistic Director Sandy Harper as she gives Stage Talk a heads-up into what the theatre has coming up this year.

KSKA: Friday 12/27 at 2:45 pm
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December 27, 2013 - 12:45 pm
Stage Talk’s end of the year review

Stage Talk’s end of the year review

Jean and Steve take a look back at the year in theatre and give a few shout outs to some extraordinary talent in acting, directing, writing and design.

KSKA: Friday 12/20 at 2:45 pm
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December 20, 2013 - 11:28 am
TBA’s two-fer

TBA’s two-fer

TBA is offering two shows this holiday season-the beloved story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, A Christmas Carol, and a one woman play staring Morgan Mitchell titled A Christmas Eve with Laura Ingalls. Wayne Mitchell, who plays Scrooge, drops by Stage Talk to let us in on all the action.

KSKA: Friday 12/13 at 2:45pm
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December 13, 2013 - 8:04 am
AFAA’s A Seussified Christmas Carol

AFAA’s A Seussified Christmas Carol

Scrooge gets a taste of green eggs and ham this season as Alaska Fine Arts Academy brings Peter Bloedel’s A Seussified Christmas Carol to the stage December 6th and running through the 21st in Eagle River.

KSKA: Friday 12/6 at 2:45pm
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December 6, 2013 - 9:40 am