Stage Talk

Theater aficionado Steven Hunt takes listeners backstage to chat with actors, directors, playwrights and technical artists about the theater scene in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. When multiple events allow, a calendar of the best live performances and stage events in Southcentral Alaska is also provided.

VPA presents Lend Me a Tenor

KSKA: Friday, February 17 at 2:45pm Valley Performing Arts is presenting Ken Ludwig's popular farce, Lend Me a Tenor February 17th-March 5th at their theatre in Wasilla. Dropping by the studio this week to talk about it are Actor Todd Broste and Actor and Director Kelly Lee Williams. Listen to Stage Talk to hear how Williams, as Director, has made some very interesting choices to solve one of the more challenging aspects of the play and also how Broste considers his character to be one of the most fun ones he's ever played. LISTEN NOW

Stage Talk: New Dances 2008 / Alice In Wonderland

This week, hosts Mark and Jean interview Brian Jeffrey from New Dances 2008 and Katya Kuznetsuva from Dance Together Alaska Festival at UAA. Plus,...

A different Hansel and Gretel for Alaska

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 

Dinner and a show, and maybe mo’

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

UAA Theatre and Dance presents Working

KSKA: Friday, February 24 at 2:45pm. Pre-Moth Radio Hour, This American Life and even Alaska's own Arctic Entries, author Studs Terkel took tape recorder in hand to interview real people doing real jobs across the country and then published a book about the people he met. Later, renowned composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) collaborated with several other composers and song writers (James Taylor, Craig Carnelia, etc.) to bring that book to the stage in the form of the musical Working which is being presented by the University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance. In their last weekend (Feb 24-26), Director Nova Cunningham and two of the actors from the show, Jacob Marforth and Jordan Crenshaw drop by Stage Talk this week to give us some background on all of these remarkable people. LISTEN NOW

Cyrano’s Sila

KSKA: Friday, June 24 at 2:45pm Listen in to Stage Talk this week as playwright Chantal Bilodeau, actor Jay Burns and actor Polly Anderson drop by to talk about Bilodeau's "Cli-Fi" (Climate Fiction) play, Sila which opens at Cyrano's Theatre Company Friday, June 24th and runs Thursdays through Sundays until July 10th. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Cyrano’s Theatre Company is killing monsters…

KSKA: Friday, September 22 at 2:45pm. Cyrano's Theatre Company recently moved from their downtown location at 4th and D to 3800 Debarr Rd (site of the former Out North Contemporary Art House) and they are opening their new space with Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters, a story of a young woman ("Agnes", played by Taylor Campbell) who enters the world of Dungeons & Dragons to try to understand her deceased sister ("Tilly", played by Jessica Faust) and learns a lot about herself along the way. She Kills Monsters promises much in the way of role-playing, sword fighting and adventure. This dark comedy runs September 22 through October 15. LISTEN HERE

Stage Talk: QueerSpace

Celebrating thousands of years of gay and lesbian literature, Theatre Artists United presents QueerSpace, opening tonight at OutNorth in Anchorage. This week on Stage...

VPA goes Fruitcakes!

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

Stage Talk: Flamel's Dream

Dick Reichman and Bob Pond join hosts Mark Muro and Jean Paal to discuss the world premiere of Flamel's Dream, now playing at Cyrano's...

Anchorage Opera’s new season is something to sing about

Join Anchorage Opera's Executive Director Kevin Patterson on this week's Stage Talk as he talks about their upcoming 2013-14 season which will include works by Donizetti, Rossini, Schubert and Johann Strauss. KSKA: Friday July 19 at 2:45pm Download Audio

Perseverance Theatre’s ’16-’17 Anchorage Season

KSKA: Friday, August 12 at 2:45pm. Perseverance Theatre is bringing six productions to Anchorage this year along with a few surprises. Josh Lowman, Anchorage General Manager drops by Stage Talk to chat about all that is going on. Peter and the Starcatcher opens the season on September 30th. LISTEN NOW

Stage Talk: The Seafarer

Rodney Lamb (left) and Krista Schwarting (right) at KSKA. Photo by Mark Muro. The Seafarer, starring Dick Reichman, John Minton, Kevin Bennett and Rodney Lamb...

Farce on the Fairway

Its springtime and you know what that means--golf. Add a little disaster and a lot of misunderstanding and you get Ken Ludwig's hilarious farce, The Fox on the Fairway being presented by Anchorage Community Theatre running April 25th through May 18th. Carl Bright, director and Alex Albrecht who plays Dickie drop by Stage Talk to let us know what all the fuss is about. KSKA: Friday, April 25, at 2:45 p.m. Listen now:

Stage Talk: Alaska Junior Theater

Alaska Junior Theater brings acts from all of the world to Anchorage schools. What's coming up this season? Lanie Dreas and Kristin Jones share...

The space is the place–4th Avenue Theatre

KSKA: Friday, May 26 at 2:45pm Of the three elements that go into making performing arts what it is, one is the space in which both performers and audience share. It is that place where we, as a community, come to share common experiences. Seventy years ago, Cap Lathrop created such a space in the 4th Avenue Theatre. This weekend, a 70th Anniversary Celebration is occurring to commemorate that founding and on today's Stage Talk Sandy Harper and Ron Holmstrom gather to share stories about the theatre and to let us in on some of the goings on of the celebration. The Celebration will happen May 27-29 on 4th Avenue, the Performing Arts Center and the Anchorage Museum. LISTEN HERE

Stage Talk: Blithe Spirit

Gary Forester (pictured right) from Valley Performing Arts joins host Mark Muro on this week's Stage Talk to talk about Blithe Spirit. Opening October...

Stage Talk: True Tales of the Frozen North

Alaskan playwright, Linda Benson joins hosts Mark and Jean on Stage Talk this week. Her play, True Tales of the Frozen North is about...

Miss Witherspoon at Cyrano’s Theatre Company

Ever wonder where "Bardo" is and what it has to do with one of America's most outrageous playwrights? Join Director Krista M. Schwarting and Actor Tamar Shai as they come to Stage Talk to talk about Tony and Obie award winning playwright Christopher Durang's most thought provoking comedy Miss Witherspoon being presented by Cyrano's Theatre Company August 16 through September 8. KSKA: Friday 8/16 at 2:45pm Listen Now

Stage Talk: Alaska Theatre of Youth

Jessica Jacob and Paul Schweigert of Alaska Theatre of Youth discuss the Summer Conservatory with hosts Mark Muro and Jean Paal on this week's...