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.

Stories at the Cemetery

Linda Benson and Bruce Kelly of Stories at the Cemetery drop by Stage Talk this week to chat about all the fascinating characters that are brought to life in the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. This annual event, in which the general public walks from grave site to grave site to hear live actors reenact the lives of former Anchorage residents, will happen this July 8th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. And on August 12th, the event repeats with all the actors performing on a single stage. Thanks for listening!

Stage Talk: Wild Legacy

This week on Stage Talk, playwright, Gloria Baxter and Jerry McDonnell join hosts Mark and Jean to talk about Wild Legacy, a new play...

The Last Frontier Theatre Conference

It's a homecoming for some and a new adventure for many. Dawson Moore, Conference Coordinator for the 22nd annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference, joins Stage Talk this week to talk about this internationally known playwriting conference held in Valdez. There's more than just playwriting going on and Dawson lets us in on all the activities as the conference runs June 8th though the 14th. KSKA: Friday, May 16, at 2:45 p.m. Listen now:

Dancing around the topic…

KSKA: Friday, August 25 at 2:45pm Just what goes into running an adult dance company in Anchorage? How about two? Join Artistic Directors Becky Kendall of Momentum Dance Collective and Stephanie Wonchala of Pulse Dance Company this week on Stage Talk to find out. Momentum Dance Collective is celebrating their tenth anniversary and Pulse Dance Company is celebrating their eighth year of bringing exciting and creative dance concerts and movement training to the community. LISTEN HERE

The Vagina Monologues at Bear Tooth

KSKA: Friday, February 2 at 2:45pm It's the 20th anniversary of "V-Day", a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls started by author, playwright and activist Eve Ensler and Anchorage's STAR (Standing Together Against Rape) is presenting Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues at the Bear Tooth Theatre to celebrate the event. Joining Stage Talk host Steve Hunt this week to talk about the show are the director Krista Schwarting, actor Amanda Cantrell and Jennifer Brown of STAR. The Vagina Monologues performs February 8 and 26. LISTEN HERE

Cyrano’s Theatre presents Don Quixotes

Written, directed and performed by Glyka Stoiou, the Commedia dell'arte-influenced Don Quixotes (based on Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes) performs at Cyrano's Theatre Company for one weekend only. Visiting Stage Talk from her native Greece, Stoiou, along with cast mate and fellow Greek Angeliki Karakaxidou, talks about her play, her process and the absolute zaniness of the performance. Also joining Stoiou and Karakaxidou is Cyrano's Producing Artistic Director Teresa K. Pond. Don Quixotes performs June 21-24. Thanks for listening!

Stage Talk: The Courtship of Zack and Ada

The fourth of five all Alaskan world premiers happening at Cyrano's this year, The Courtship of Zack and Ada opens this weekend. The director,...

Stage Talk: BARK! The Musical

Composer of BARK! The Muscial – David Troy Francis joins hosts Mark and Jean on this week's  Stage Talk. A new hit musical about...

ACT’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

KSKA: Friday, November 18 at 2:45pm Joseph Robinette's stage adaptation of C. S. Lewis' popular story of four children who enter a magical world through an ordinary wardrobe, meet fantastic characters and begin a battle between good and evil opens November 18 as Anchorage Community Theatre presents The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Director Dave Block and actors Hadley Earl and Todd Sherwood drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about the show which runs Thursdays-Sundays through December 11th. LISTEN NOW

Stage Talk: The Spitfire Grill

The Spitfire Grill opens at Valley Performing Arts tonight and will run through February 15th. A modern day folk tale set in the fictional...

Stage Talk: The Odd Couple

This week Stage Talk hosts Jean and Mark chat with Kevin T. Bennett and Sarah MacMillan from Brown Eyed Girls Productions. They're performing in...

Stage Talk: Fat Pig

The lead actress in Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, Jessic Pervier stops by the KSKA studios today. Pervier plays Helen, an overweight woman who meets...

Schatzie Schaefers’ new play Spikes being presented by RKP

Loosely based on the Enron scandal in 2001, but focused on the individual people who were affected by corporate greed of the time, Spikes is the latest play by Anchorage playwright Schatzie Schaefers and is being produced by RKP Productions. Schaefers, along with director Dick Reichman drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about the play as well as how they collaborated to bring it to fruition. Spikes performs at Cyrano's Theatre Company April 13-29. Thanks for listening! KSKA: Friday, April 13 at 2:45pm

Stage Talk: The Winter Bear

Playwright Anne Hanley and director Jayne Wenger join hosts Mark Muro and Jean Paal in the studio to discuss The Winter Bear, which will...

Cyrano’s Upcoming Season

Friday, August 12 @ 2:45 pm This week on Stage Talk, Sandy Harper, artistic directors at Cyrano's, stops in to talk about what is coming up in the next season at Cyrano's. Listeners are encouraged to send in their favorite memories at Cyrano's.

The Sleeping Beauty

July 1 at 2:45 pm Join us on Stage Talk this week as we speak with director Joe King and actress Joan Hamilton about the Alaska Fine Arts Academy's production of The Sleeping Beauty.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Friday, July 8 at 2:45 pm Opening at Out North in Anchorage on July 8, Leo Grimberg stars as Hedwig telling his life story through concerts and David Bowie music. Director, John Minton joins Leo in the studio this week to talk about the actor director partnership and preparing for the show at Out North.

Stage Talk: Anchorage Opera 08/09 season preview

Torrie Allen, general manager of the Anchorage Opera stops by this week. Find out what's happening this season. Look forward to new voices and...

Stage Talk: Almost, Alaska

This week on Stage Talk, Jean Paal hosts director, Erick Hayden and set designer, Margaret Hugi-Lewis from Almost, Alaska, a play about love,...

Cyrano’s Happy Birthday Wanda June

Cyrano's Theatre Company starts off the new year with Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Happy Birthday Wanda June and director Dick Reichman, along with actors Krista Schwarting and Mark Stoneburner, drop by the studio this week to talk about it. Happy Birthday Wanda June opens January 15th and runs through February 7th. KSKA: Friday, January 8 at 2:45pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO