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.

Theatre Artists United in association with Alaska Theatre of Youth finishes its run of Evita this weekend at the Sydney Laurence theater in...

Anne Shirley (Rachel Kennedy, left) and Diana Berry (Alora Zulliger, right) are bosom friends in Anne of Green Gables, presented by VPA. Photo courtesy...

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, an upcoming play at Out North theater, imagines characters from the popular Peanuts comic strip  as...

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

A conversation about local theater plus a calendar of stage events with Mark Muro. Hear about Number's Up! a one-man clown catastrophe and we...

Join host Jean Paal as she talks with director Ed Bourgeois and actor Ethan Petticrew about the upcoming Cyrano's production named Assimilation.  Written by...

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...

Based on the Jane Austen novel about five sisters growing up in the 18th century, Valley Performing Arts presents Pride and Prejudice September 10...

This week host Mark Muro chats with lead actor Jeff McCamish and director Krista Schwarting about Deathtrap, a live-action stage thriller opening at Cyrano's...

KSKA: Friday, January 6 at 2:45pm Perseverance Theatre starts off the new year with Hold These Truths, a one-man show about Gordon Hirabayashi, the son of Japanese immigrants who was ordered to report to an interment camp outside of Seattle at the start of World War II and how he resisted. Director Leslie Ishii and Actor Greg Watanabe engage in a captivating conversation this week on Stage Talk. The play runs January 6-15 in the Sydney Laurence Theatre and on Sunday, January 7th, the playwright Jeanne Sakata will join the company and audience in a public talk-back. LISTEN NOW

Join UAA Department of Theatre and Dance faculty members Brian Cook and Ty Hewitt this week on Stage Talk as they let us in on an exciting new season that breaks away from the traditional fare of scripted drama and dives headlong into the creative process as it progresses throughout the year. Included in this season is a year-long celebration of Earth Matters on Stage. LISTEN HERE KSKA: Friday, August 18 at 2:45pm

Terra Nova, the story of Sir Robert Falcon Scott's attempt to beat Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen to the South Pole in 1912 offers a...

Nick Jones, writer for the popular show Orange is the New Black, has penned a play that features a character not quite like many you've met. His name is Trevor and he is a chimpanzee who had fame as a youth but now is going through growing pains. Trevor is an exploration of communication and humanity and is both hilarious and troublesome. Join R. Scott Cantrell who plays the title character, along with Director Charlie Cardwell and Louisa Martin who plays next door neighbor Ashley on this week's Stage Talk. Trevor performs at Cyrano's Theatre Company May 18-June 9. KSKA: Friday, May 18 at 2:45pm

KSKA: Friday, March 24 at 2:45pm Often considered the greatest play written in the English language, Shakespeare's Hamlet is as complicated it its psychological examination of the particular characters as it is enlightening of the human spirit. TBA Theatre is presenting this timeless work at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the campus of UAA March 24th through April 2nd and two of the actors, Wayne Mitchell and Jessica Faust drop by Stage Talk this week to let us know how they are approaching the play. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Friday, March 10 at 2:45pm Cyrano's Theatre Company is presenting Noel Coward's classic Comedy of Manners, Private Lives about a divorced couple, now on honeymoons with their new spouses, who meet and discover that they are still attracted to each other. Director Teresa Pond and actors Frank Delaney and Stefanie Suydam drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about how this play is still as "fantastically funny" as it was back when it was first produced in 1930. Private Lives runs March 10 through April 2 at Cyrano's Theatre Company. LISTEN NOW

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. Listen now:

Alaska Fine Arts Academy has a new Executive Director and she has a lot of plans for the Eagle River company. Join Lailani Cook this week on Stage Talk as she tells us about herself, her plans and the upcoming theatre season. KSKA: June 17 at 2:45pm

Most people remember the Disney film Mary Poppins but now there is a live-stage version spearheaded by a collaboration between Disney and Cameron Mackintosh and Valley Performing Arts is presenting it in the Glenn Massay Theatre on the campus of Mat-Su College March 30th through April 22. Executive Director for VPA Garry Forrester drops by Stage Talk this week to describe how ambitious and rewarding this project is. KSKA: Friday, March 30 at 2:45pm Thanks for listening!

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

Hosts Mark Muro and Kristina Church discuss the Brown Eyed Girls production of, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" with actors Kevin Goff...