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.

The end of an era

In the summer of 1987 Sandy Harper and her husband Jerry opened Cyrano's, a bookstore and cafe located at D Street and 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. In 1992, it expanded to include a theatre: "Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse", which became the home of Cyrano's Theatre Company. Over the next 24 years, Cyrano's presented, on average, one play a month. With the passing of Jerry in 2005, Sandy took over as Producing Artistic Director until last year when she handed the reins over to Teresa Pond. This past summer, the Board of Directors made the decision to move the company to the former Out North Contemporary Art House located on Debarr. With this move, we see the "end of an era" for the space on 4th and D and Sandy has decided to hold a celebration on Saturday, September 9th starting at noon and going for as long as people want to stay. Sandy is asking for people to bring stories and memories to share. Join Sandy today on Stage Talk to hear more about this remarkable adventure. KSKA: Friday, September 8 at 2:45pm

Stage Talk: Merrow / Outside the Lines

Saturday night at Out North, Joan Cullinane and Morgan Hobkirk reprise there works Merrow and Outside the Lines as a benefit for...

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...

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

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

Wolfpack Theatre Club

The University of Alaska Anchorage student-run theatre company, Wolfpack Theatre Club is presenting the exciting two-man play, A Steady Rain by Keith Huff this January 29-31 in the Harper Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of UAA. Both actors come by Stage Talk this week to talk about both the play as well as their exciting club. Join Josh Evans and Isaac Kumpula as they drop by the studio. KSKA: Friday, January 29 at 2:45pm LISTEN NOW

Cyrano’s Calendar Girls

KSKA: Friday, October 21 at 2:45pm Cyrano's Theatre Company is presenting Calendar Girls based on the film of the same name by Tim Firth, opening October 21 and running through November 20. Join three of the "girls" today on Stage Talk and they talk about friendship, struggle and an ingenious way of raising money. Based on a true story. LISTEN NOW

Stage Talk: The Black Cockerel

This week on Stage Talk, director Vivian Melde is joined by Nigerian playwright, Ademola Bello (pictured right). Melde directs a local cast in the...

Anchorage Opera presents As One

KSKA: Friday, February 9 at 2:45pm Anchorage Opera is presenting the powerful new opera, As One, by composer Laura Kaminsky in collaboration with librettist Mark Campbell and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed (on whom the opera is loosely based). As One explores the life of "Hannah Before" and "Hannah After" as she discovers who she truly is. Conductor, stage director and production designer Andreas Mitisek drops by Stage Talk today to talk about how he is bringing this amazing story to the stage. Joining Mitisek is Anchorage Opera's General Director Reed Smith. As One performs in the Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts February 9, 10 and 11. LISTEN HERE

Behind the scenes with ACT’s new staff members

KSKA: Friday, November 17 at 2:45pm Anchorage Community Theatre recently had a change in its staff with Matt Fernandez taking over the reigns of Executive Director, leaving his previous post as Community Outreach Director, which subsequently was filled by Colby Bleicher. Both Matt and Colby drop by Stage Talk today to discuss their plans for the future of the company as they work to fulfill its mission of bringing the arts to the community of Anchorage. LISTEN HERE

Stage Talk: Assimilation

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...

RKP Productions presents Church and State

KSKA: Friday, October 12 at 2:45pm Just before a sure-fire reelection bid, a North Carolina senator is faced with a mass shooting in his state and has to reexamine the second amendment and his own personal values and views on politics and religion in Jason Odell Williams' new play Church and State. RKP Productions is opening its season with this moving, often humorous look at a hot topic October 13-19 at the Alaska Experience Theatre located on 4th and C streets in downtown Anchorage. This week on Stage Talk director Dick Reichman, Producer Audrey Kelly and Actor Mark Stoneburner are joined by playwright Jason Odell Williams. LISTEN HERE

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...

Summer Theater Training for Kids

Wondering how Anchorage youth are spending their summers? Listen to ATY and TBA talk about how they are providing excellent training for young actors and technicians and also what shows they have planned this week on Stage Talk. KSKA: Friday 7/13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Stage Talk: The Perfect Prayer

Hosts Mark Muro and Kristina Church discuss Cyrano's Theatre Company's west coast premiere of The Perfect Prayer with playwright Suehyla El Attar. Hosts: Mark Muro...

"Bad Boys Gone Gray" World Premiere at VPA

Photo courtesy of VPA: Bad Boys Gone Gray cast. This week on Stage Talk, Garry Forrester and Rachel Underwood from Valley Performing Arts stop-by to...

Stage Talk: Doubt and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Brothers Wayne and Shane Mitchell play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Jamie Newsom joins Mark Muro to discuss Doubt with veteran director Dick Reichman...

Stage Talk: Wonder of the World

This week on Stage Talk, actress, Julie Voss and director, Fran Lautenberger join hosts Mark and Jean to chat about the wild and wacky,...

Stage Talk: Deathtrap

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...

Stage Talk: The Music Machine

The Music Machine celebrates their 27th anniversary with shows at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in the Discovery Theatre on August 6,...