Stage Talk takes a trip to Valdez and reports back on the goings on at this year’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Award winning screenwriter and playwright Arthur M. Jolly (The Gulag Mouse, A Very Modern Marriage) is their special guest and talks about his experiences, his plays and the value of the conference to all playwrights.
KSKA: Friday 5/24 at 2:45pm
You may not be “seeing red”, but you’ll certainly be “hearing Red” if you tune into Stage Talk this week as Director ElizabethWare and Actor Mark Robokoff join Jean and Steve to talk about Red, John Logan’s exciting Tony Award winning play about the artist Mark Rothko performing at Cyrano’s Theatre Company May 30th through June 16th.
KSKA: Friday 5/17 at 2:45pm
“Come and listen to a story about man named Jed” or better yet, come and listen to a story about Valley Performing Arts‘s stage production of the classic TV sit-com, The Beverly Hillbillies opening May 10th and running through the 26th in Wasilla. Director Larry Burton and VPA’s PR Director Tammy Parker come “set a spell” with Jean and Steve this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday 5/10 at 2:45pm
A A. Milne’s beloved children’s story Winnie-the-Pooh comes to the stage in an adaptation presented by TBA theatre opening opening May 10th and running through the 19th at Grant Hall on the campus of Alaska Pacific University. Director Megan Bladow drops by Stage Talk to tell Jean what Winnie has been up to.
KSKA: Friday 5/3 at 2:45 pm
E. B. White’s beloved tale of love and hope filled with the magic of imagination comes to life as Alaska Fine Arts Academy of Eagle River presents a musical version of Charlotte’s Web adapted by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse. Director Renee Crumley and Angela Harris, who plays Charlotte, visit Stage Talk this week to let us know how it all comes together.
KSKA: Friday 4/26 at 2:45pm
There’s a crisis at the convent and Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina and Sister Mary Hubert from the Little Sisters of Hoboken come to Stage Talk to ask for help. Join actors Jane Baird and Paige Langit from Anchorage Community Theatre’s production of Dan Goggin’s hilarious musical Nunsense this week as they plead their case.
KSKA: Friday 4/19 at 2:45 pm
Nobel Prize winning playwright Harold Pinter’s groundbreaking play of love, deception and friendship Betrayal comes to Anchorage as Perseverance Theatre’s latest offering. Shona Strauser who plays one-third of a love triangle along with Daniel Billet who plays another third give Jean and Steve an insight into this powerful and influential play.
KSKA: Friday 4/12 at 2:45 pm
Our stop this week is a rundown, out of the way New Mexico diner where the patrons are thrown into a searing conflict between generations and classes and must face their own pasts and inadequacies. UAA Theatre actors Aspen Murray and Caleb Bourgeois drop by to talk about this intense Obie Award winning play When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder by Mark Medoff.
KSKA: Friday 4/5 at 2:45pm
You’ve all heard the ubiquitous “please turn off your cell phones” before performances, but this time it takes on a new meaning as Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Director Codie Costello and Actor Josh Lowman join Stage Talk this week to talk “face-to-face” (no texting, please) with Jean and Steve about this wildly imaginative new comedy opening March 29th and running through April 21st.
KSKA: Friday March 29 at 2:45 pm
There’s a new theatre in town called TossPot Productions and they’re starting off their premier season with a powerful offering–A Gulag Mouse by Arthur M. Jolly. Actor/Producer Jill Sowerwine and Actor/Scenic Artist Morgan Mitchell drop by Stage Talk to give an insider’s look at this new company and this exciting play opening at Out North Theatre and running March 22nd through April 7th.
KSKA: Friday 3/22 at 2:45pm
Gilbert and Sullivan come to the stage as Anchorage Opera produces Pirates of Penzance. Stage Director Bill Fabris and Executive Director Kevin Patterson join Jean this week to talk about this very popular comic opera closing out the company’s season performing at the Discovery Theatre April 5, 6 and 7th.
KSKA: Friday 3/15 at 2:45pm
Take the sensibilities of a classic TV sitcom like Father Knows Best, combine it with a nuclear war and toss in a little bit of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and you have what it takes to spend a night At Home With The Clarks. Join Playwright Rand Higbee, Executive Director Bill Cotton and Actor Bill McAllister as they talk about the world premier of this hilarious comedy produced by Anchorage Community Theatre opening March 9th and running through the 31st.
KSKA: Friday 3/8 at 2:45pm
It’s a toe-tapping, bluegrass retelling of the Book of Matthew as Wayne Mitchell (washboard) and Bob Fairchild (bass) drop by the studio to talk about TBA‘s upcoming production of Harry Chapin’s Cotton Patch Gospel, opening on March 8th and running through the 17th at APU’s Grant Hall Theatre.
KSKA: Friday 3/1 at 2:45pm
The audience tries to “figure it out” in both of Valley Performing Arts’ upcoming productions of Clue: The Musical which opens February 22nd and runs through March 17th and The Sting which opens April 5th and runs through the 21st. Cast members from both shows join Jean and Steve to give hints about these exciting productions.
KSKA: Friday 2/22 at 2:45pm
“Sense” and “Sensibility” otherwise known as Taylor Campbell (Marianne) and Andrea Staats-Rober (Elinor) join Stage Talk this week to discuss UAA Department of Theatre and Dance‘s upcoming production of the classic Jane Austin novel Sense and Sensibility as adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Jon Jory. Sense and Sensibility opens on the UAA Main Stage on February 22nd and runs through March 10th.
KSKA: Friday 2/15 at 2:45pm
Clybourne Park, which takes place in the same neighborhood where the Younger family was moving to at the end of A Raisin in the Sun, is being produced by Cyrano’s Theatre Company. Join actors Jamie Nelson and Morgan Mitchell as they talk about this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama opening February 8th and running through March 10th.
KSKA: Friday 2/8 at 2:45pm
Three actors present thirty eight plays written by The Bard in less than two hours. Plus dinner! Join Director and Actor Krystal DeJesus and fellow Actor Andrew Smith as they talk about how The Alaska Fine Arts Academy is able to present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) as Dinner Theatre at The Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.
KSKA: Friday 2/1 at 2:45pm
Lions and tigers and … Bigfoot? What’s the connection between Perseverance Theatre’s world premier of Mark Hollmann and Adrien Royce’s Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls and The Wizard of Oz? Listen to Stage Talk to find out about this quirky musical opening at the Syndey Laurence Theatre January 25th and running through February 3rd.
KSKA: Friday 1/25 at 2:45 pm
Two sisters separated by many years, two continents and a world war come together in the powerful drama, A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow presented by Anchorage Community Theatre opening January 25th. AnnaKate Williams and Karina Becker who play the two sisters join Stage Talk this week to talk about their journey.
KSKA: Friday 1/18 at 2:45 pm
Valley Performing Arts brings to the stage one of Jane Austin’s most loved stories in Sense and Sensibility. Join actors Greta Kopperud and Steve Impson as they give an insight into this tale of romance, witty banter and heartbreaking tenderness; opening January 11th and running through February 3rd.
KSKA: Friday 1/11 at 2:45 pm