Creation of a World of Sound

Two different presentations offer The World According to Sound and Cornell According to Sound at the Cherry Artspace.  We hear from sound artists Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett.  They explain these unique sonic experiences and how the recorded and winnowed natural sounds into aural performances.  

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A Rising Playwright Takes on Challenging Issues

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents Kirsten Greenidge’s play ‘Baltimore’. Director Godfrey Simmons joins us to talk about this drama that explores the fallout of a racial incident on a college campus that prides itself on having gotten “past racism”.

Two Houses, Both Alike: In a scene that fuses two moments across two centuries, 19th-century math prodigy Thomasina (Bel Powley, left) and her tutor Septimus (Tom Riley) flank the central table of Arcadia's set, joined in the center by the present-day Valentine (Raul Esparza) and Hannah (Lia Williams).

A New York Revival For Stoppard’s Duality-Driven ‘Arcadia’

Tom Stoppard’s masterful comic romance plays out in two centuries at once, tripping lightly through subjects as diverse as sex and landscape gardening, academic ambition and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. A much-anticipated Broadway revival opens March 17.

Part Poetry, Part Lamentation, Part Concert

Author, teacher, storyteller and spiritual activist, Stephen Jenkinsen is joining with
Canadian musician and songwriter, Gregory Hoskins and his band for a 35-city North
American Tour of ‘Nights of Grief and Mystery’.  The Ithaca presentation will be on  Thursday, November 1st 7pm-9:30pm at the Hangar Theatre. Juan Lube, one of the people coordinating the even joins us by phone.  

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Re-examining a Tragedy Twenty Years Later

Studio 271 Productions along with Identity Youth Center are performing the award winning play; “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. With a cast of almost thirty performers this production shows the life of the residents of Laramie Wyoming during the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

They’re Taking It Off in Owego!

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present the Terence McNally/David Yazbek musical ‘The Full Monty’. Director James Osborne joins us to talk about this Americanized musical version of the British film about how a group of unemployed steel workers get back their self-esteem and reconnect with their families with an unusual solution.  

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A Two-character Musical About First Love

Director Bevin O’Gara joins us to talk about the story and the actors in ‘Girlfriend’, a story about first love between two teenagers who don’t have the words to express their feelings, so they use mix-tapes.

Pairing Shakespeare and Gardening

Master Gardener Eve Berman joins us to talk about ‘Much Ado in the Garden’, a Shakespeare-themed event taking place in the Cutler Botanic Garden at the Cornell Cooperative Extension grounds on Front Street in Binghamton.  There will be music, food, readings, and costumed characters.

‘The Time Element’ is Part of the 2018 Serling Fest

Rod Serling researcher Amy Boyle Johnston found a script for a radio play by Rod Serling from 1954 and brought it back to Binghamton.  Director Kate Murray and actor Joe Bardales talk about re-creating this drama, which was a precursor to Serling’s ground-breaking series ‘The Twilight Zone’. It is part of the 2018 Serling Fest taking place July 6 and 7 in downtown Binghamton.  

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Three One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams

Know Theatre presents three rarely-performed plays by Tennessee Williams: ’27 Wagons Full of Cotton’, ‘The Pretty Trap’, and ‘Interior: Panic’. Director Tim Gleason talks about the poetry of Tennessee Williams’ dialogue and how these plays pull back the curtain to reveal more about Williams’ craft of creating characters.

It’s a Life-or-Death Situation in a Comedy in Owego

Harry Segall’s comedy ‘Heaven Can Wait’ takes the stage performed by the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players.  Director Linda Fenescey and actor Kerry Kane are on hand to talk about the prize-fighter who refuses to believe he has died.  It turns out that it was just a clerical error, but putting things right proves difficult…and hilarious.

Celebrating the Birthday of a Famous Horse

The Exterminator Extravaganza celebrates the famous racehorse Exterminator, at one time Binghamton’s most famous resident.  Bill Gorman joins us to talk about the First Friday event at Cooperative Gallery 213, and the Sunday, June 3 event at Temple Concord/Kilmer Mansion featuring music and a theatrical reading of ‘Old Bones the Wonder Horse’ by Southern Tier Actors Read. For reservations at the Sunday event, call 607/723-4620.

A New Play Explores the History of a Binghamton Landmark

Playwright and director Elizabeth Mozer joins us to talk about her play ‘Castle on the Hill’, about the history of the Binghamton State Hospital, the residents, and the staff.  With her is actor Natalie DeBoer, who plays several roles in the play. It premieres this weekend in Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus.  

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Southern Tier Actors Read Celebrates Irish Theatre

The Phelps Mansion Museum host Southern Tier Actors Read for a presentation of two Irish one-act comedies.  Director Judy McMahon joins us to talk about the author, Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory and her unique insights into Irish culture in her classic plays.  

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‘A Christmas Story’ is Back at Ti-Ahwaga

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of Philip Grecian’s stage adaptation of the film ‘A Christmas Story’. Jamie Cornell, who plays the grown-up Ralphie, joins us to talk about the sixteen years of this production, and the members of many families that have grown up in and around this annual event. http://wskg.org/audio/christmasstory2017.mp3

 

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BU Opera Ensemble Presents ‘Billy Goats Gruff’

The Binghamton University Music Department’s Opera Ensemble presents composer John Davies’ 40 minute opera for children, ‘Billy Goats Gruff’. The composer and the Opera Ensemble’s Music Director, Willie Anthony Waters, talk about the opera and their casts of singers. Mr. Davies (pictured) explains how he uses preexisting music from operas where similar situations are encountered. Mr. Waters also gives us a heads-up that he will be on the Metropolitan Opera live Saturday broadcast’s Opera Quiz twice this coming season. http://wskg.org/audio/billygoats.mp3

 

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A New Opera Tells the Story of Colonel Jim Thompson

Col. Jim Thompson was held nearly nine years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Tom Philpott’s book about that ordeal and Thompson’s subsequent return to the USA has been adapted into an opera by composer Tom Cipullo.  Tri-Cities Opera will offer five performances of it in the Opera Center on Clinton Street in Binghamton.  General and Artistic Director Susan Ashbaker and conductor Joshua Horsch talk about this powerful yet lyrical drama, and the events around the performances.  The November 11 performance will be free for veterans who reserve tickets through the Vet’s Center. http://wskg.org/audio/gloryhorsch.mp3

 

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Kitchen Theatre Presents ‘Brahman/i’

Kitchen Theatre presents Aditi Brennan Kapil’s ‘Brahman/i’. We hear from actor Aila Peck about her character in this creative telling of the life of this individual who may or may not be a Hindu deity. “Kitchen Theatre Company transforms into a comedy club featuring a very unusual and completely hilarious stand-up routine in the second play of our season. Meet, B or  Brahman/i, a boy/girl from Athens, Georgia who explores everything from his/her/their Indian heritage to history, mythology, gender roles, and horrifying middle school experiences, with the assistance of J, electric bass playing side-kick.  

 

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Binghamton University Presents Amy Herzog’s ‘Belleville’

Binghamton University Theatre Department presents Amy Herzog’s thriller ‘Belleville’. Director Anne Brady talks about this 2013 Drama Desk Award-winning play, having her actors learn appropriate accents, and the very detailed set. Because it’s a thriller we try not to give away too many plot points. http://wskg.org/audio/belleville.mp3

 

Photo credit: Marcus Newton for Binghamton University

Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ Plays in a Mysterious Theatre

Kitchen Theatre welcomes Fitz&Startz Production for ‘The Mystery of the Magic Flute’, a re-imagining of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ with music from other Mozart operas for a detective story for kids about a mysterious theatre. “Three American girls–Bettina age 15, Anna age 12, and Suz age 9–are off to Salzburg, Austria with their Uncle Wolfie to see the sights and experience going to the opera in Mozart’s home town. Uncle Wolfie has told his nieces about a mysterious opera house that is on a street with no name and is not on any map. Can they find it? When Uncle Wolfie turns a corner and disappears and a mysterious door appears, the girls decide to enter.

Tri-Cities Opera Presents Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’

Tri-Cities Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ in one performance on Sunday, October 15 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton. Soprano Meroe Khalia Adeeb and baritone Scott Purcell talk about the production, their cast mates, and what makes this opera such a favorite.  WSKG’s Natalie Shoemaker streamed the interview and a subsequent question and answer session live on Facebook.  You can see that here. http://wskg.org/audio/boheme.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings/Bunn Hill Photo

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present ‘The Glass Menagerie’

‘The Glass Menagerie’ was the play that started Tennessee Williams’ career as a playwright. Director James Osborne and assistant director Kylee Thetga join us to talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of it, featuring Jane Nichols reprising the role of Amanda after 20 years. http://wskg.org/audio/menagerie.mp3

 

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Opera Ithaca Presents ‘Pagliacci’ at Circus Culture

Opera Ithaca presents Ruggero Leoncavallo’s versimo opera ‘Pagliacci’ at Circus Culture in Ithaca. Director Zachary James joined us via Skype from New York just as the company was preparing to present the opera at The Slipper Room in the East Village in Manhattan. He talks about incorporating circus acts into the commedia dell’arte elements of the opera. http://wskg.org/audio/pagliacci.mp3

 

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Savoyards Ithaca Present 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Savoyards Ithaca venture out of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon to present Rupert Holmes’ musical ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’. Director Gabriella Carr talks about the challenge Charles Dickens left when he died before finish the murder mystery that is the basis for the musical. http://wskg.org/audio/drood.mp3

 

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Savoyards Ithaca Present ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Savoyards Ithaca venture out of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon to present Rupert Holmes’ musical ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’. Director Gabriella Carr talks about the challenge Charles Dickens left when he died before finish the murder mystery that is the basis for the musical. http://wskg.org/audio/drood.mp3

 

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SRO Productions and Know Theatre Present 'The Nance'

Know Theatre and SRO Productions III join forces to present Douglas Carter Beane’s ‘The Nance’. ” In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche.  A headliner called “the nance”—usually played by a straight man—was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre.  THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.  At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.”

SRO Productions and Know Theatre Present ‘The Nance’

Know Theatre and SRO Productions III join forces to present Douglas Carter Beane’s ‘The Nance’. ” In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche.  A headliner called “the nance”—usually played by a straight man—was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre.  THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.  At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.”

'Storm Country' is a New Kind of Theatre Experience

The Cherry Arts presents an audio walking play, ‘Storm Country’. Based on the novel ‘Tess of the Storm Country’ story set in Ithaca by Ithaca author Grace Miller White it tells the story of squatters living in the swamp that is now the Ithaca waterfront. Director Samuel Buggeln tells us how an audio walking play works, and how reconstruction of the waterfront will make it impossible to do this play again in the same location. http://wskg.org/audio/storm.mp3

 

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Franklin Stage Company Presents 'Magdalen'

The Franklin Stage Company welcomes actress Erin Layton in her play ‘Magdalen’ about the Magdalen Laundries of Ireland.  She and director/collaborator Julie Kline talk about the journey from the shock of learning about the Magdalen Laundries to crafting a one-woman play that gives voices to the many characters involved in those tragic circumstances. http://wskg.org/audio/magdalen.mp3

 

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Know Theatre Marks 25 Year with 'Music and Magic'

Know Theatre of Binghamton celebrates 25 years with a special performance featuring magic by Alexander Boyce and music by Santino DeAngelo performed by John Covelli.  Artistic Director Tim Gleason tells about the program and the history of the theatre group. http://wskg.org/audio/musicmagic.mp3

 

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Geneva Light Opera presents Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'

Geneva Light Opera presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s dramma giocoso ‘Don Giovanni’. Jimi James, the baritone singing the title role, joins us along with General Manager Gena Rangel to talk about this unique and challenging work that runs the gamut from high drama to slapstick comedy. http://wskg.org/audio/genevadon.mp3

 

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Franklin Stage Presents 'Orson Welles/Shylock'

Franklin Stage Company presents ‘Orson Welles/Shylock’.  Writer/actor/director Matt Chiorini tells about Welles’ life-long quest to portray this enigmatic and disturbing character from Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’, and how difficult it was to boil down the 70 years of this larger-than-life actor into just 70 minutes of theatre. http://wskg.org/audio/chiorini.mp3

 

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'Easy Out' by Arthur Bicknell Premieres in Ithaca

The Homecoming Players of Ithaca present Arthur Bicknell’s new comedy, ‘Easy Out’. Director Rachel Hockett talks about the gestation of the play, a sequel of sorts to the first play Homecoming Players performed, and the cast.  She also tells how going to her high school reunion led to the founding of Homecoming Players. http://wskg.org/audio/easyout.mp3

 

Photo credit: Jeff Hodges for Homecoming Players

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company Presents Frank Loesser's 'Guys and Dolls'

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company presents Frank Loesser’s classic musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ in the Elk Lake High School in Springville.  Based on stories by Damon Runyon, it has a memorable score including “Fugue for Tinhorns”, “Adelaide’s Lament”, “Luck be a Lady”, and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”. Director Sandra Raub talks about fielding a large cast for this delightful but demanding show. http://wskg.org/audio/guysdolls.mp3

 

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The Summer Savoyards Present 'The Sorcerer"

The Summer Savoyards of Binghamton present Gilbert and Sullivan’s early operetta ‘The Sorcerer’ in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. An egotistical nobleman about to be married conspires with a hapless “Family Sorcerer” to administer a love potion to the entire village. Since it is a comedy, the plot goes hilariously wrong. WSKG’s Sam Goodyear chats with Music Director Sherri Strichman and with the Sorcerer himself, John Starks. http://wskg.org/audio/sorcerer.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kirsten Johnson for the Summer Savoyards

Franklin Stage Company Presents Gogol's 'The Government Inspector'

Franklin Stage Company presents Nikolai Gogol’s comedy ‘The Government Inspector’. It’s a new adaptation by playwright and songwriter Oded Gross, who talks about the pressure of adapting such a famous play and writing songs that advance the plot. http://wskg.org/audio/gogol.mp3

 

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Franklin Stage Presents 'Cry Havoc'

The Franklin Stage Company presents three performances of Stephan Wolfert’s one-man show ‘Cry Havoc’, which tells of Wolfert’s own war-time experiences,  and then trying to fit back into civilian life, illuminated with the words of characters from Shakespeare. “Stephan Wolfert recounts his own experiences of military service, weaving his personal narrative with lines from some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches. Wolfert proposes that the military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but asks what does the “de-cruit” process look like? How do civilians and Veterans re-learn to live together?” http://wskg.org/audio/cryhavoc.mp3

 

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Spare Productions Presents 'Legally Blonde'

Spare Productions presents the musical ‘Legally Blonde’ as this summer’s production. Based on the film, it tells the story of a fashionable young lady who enrolls in law school in order to follow the man of her dreams, but unforeseen circumstances lead her in a different direction. Actors Eli Carlin and Darius Fuller, who is also the producer tell us about putting together this show, which includes a large cast, and finding the two dogs, who are also part of the cast. The Friday and Saturday times stated in the interview are incorrect; curtain will be at 7:00pm both nights. http://wskg.org/audio/blonde.mp3

 

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Chenango River Theatre Presents 'Almost Heaven'

Chenango River Theatre presents ‘Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver’ through July 30. Cast members and multi-instrumentalist Jenny Malone and Chris Blisset, who is also the director, tell us about show. The show is much more than a concert of songs, just a Bob Denver was much more than a songwriter, but also an environmental activist. http://wskg.org/audio/denver.mp3

 

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Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Performed Outdoors

Cider Mill Playhouse and the City of Binghamton have joined to present Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Confluence Park for three performances.  Andrea Gregori, playing Titania, and Shan Towns, playing Oberon, talk about this joint venture, and give an overview of this comedy of mismatched couples. Audience members are encouraged to bring folding chairs. http://wskg.org/audio/midsummer.mp3

 

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Know Theatre Presents Edward Albee's 'The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?'

Binghamton’s Know Theatre presents ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?’ Edward Albee’s 2002 comedy/drama mines ancient Greek tragedy for a play about the modern world testing its boundaries of toleration. Artistic Director Tim Gleason and actor Jarel Davidow talk about the process of finding all of the hidden references Albee has thrown into the play which make it, by turns, hilarious and then terrifying. http://wskg.org/audio/goat.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kat D’Andrea for Know Theatre

Ti-Ahwaga Players Present Jerry Herman's 'La Cage Aux Folles'

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical ‘La Cage Aux Folles’. Director James Osborne and assistant director/choreographer Talia Saraceno talk about staging this comedy that calls for a large cast of dancers and singers. http://wskg.org/audio/cage.mp3

 

Photo credit: Talia Saraceno for Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

'Ascend' is a New Musical with a Biblical Story

The Endicott Performing Arts Center is presenting the premiere of a new musical.  ‘Ascend’ starts out where ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ ends.  Playwright Lori Zabadal-Dayton talks about how “the play found her”, and about the process of dramatizing the story, writing the music, and saying good-bye to some of the songs and scenes during the rehearsal process.  Her daughter, Jennifer Dayton, who is one of the dancers in the show, tells why dance is so essential to the telling of the story. http://wskg.org/audio/ascend.mp3

 

Photo credit: Beyond the Stage Photography for Endicott Performing Arts Center

 

Opera Ithaca Presents Rossini's 'Cinderella' in Three Performances

Opera Ithaca is presenting Gioachino Rossini’s version the the Cinderella story for two full-length performances and one performance of a short children’s version. General Director Zachary James and hair and make-up coordinator Dorothy Peterson talk about the history of the original version, staging this effervescent comedy with a large cast, and adding choreography.  They also tell about their visit to a vast costume warehouse to find appropriate clothing for the cast — and finding some costumes specially made for well-known singers. http://wskg.org/audio/cinderella.mp3

SRO Productions Presents 'Avenue Q'

SRO Productions is presenting the musical ‘Avenue Q’. If the puppets from Sesame Street grew up, went to college, and tried to find their purpose in life, they might find very adult problems waiting for them in the world just like the characters, humans and puppets alike, in ‘Avenue Q’. Director Scott Fisher, Sean Sherwood, and the character Princeton talk about this hilarious, heart-warming, but definitely adult-themed musical coming to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. http://wskg.org/audio/avenueq.mp3

 

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BU Theatre Department Presents Wilde's 'Lady Windermere's Fan'

Binghamton University Theatre professor Tom Kremer has adapted Oscar Wilde’s first big theatrical success, ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’. It’s a story of blackmail, accusations of infidelity, gossip, social climbing, shameful secrets, and, finally, a selfless act that redeems all involved. Director Kremer and assistant director Carol Hanscom talk about this adaptation, Wilde’s rich language, and their long partnership. http://wskg.org/audio/windermere.mp3

 

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TCO Presents 'Hydrogen Jukebox'

Tri-Cities Opera presents an opera unique in its genesis and format. In ‘Hydrogen Jukebox’ poet Allen Ginsberg and composer Philip Glass collaborated on settings of some of Ginsberg’s most powerful poetry. Stage director Alison Moritz has given the songs shape by adding actor Bill Gorman in the last days of Ginsberg’s life. Maestro Braden Toan leads a chamber orchestra and singers Stacey Geyer, Abigail Smith, Mary Beth Nelson, Jordan Schreiner, Scott Purcell, and Jake Stamatis. http://wskg.org/audio/hydrogen.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings via Tri-Cities Opera

Ithaca Ballet Presents 'The Sleeping Beauty'

The Ithaca Ballet presents its first production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s full-length ballet, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ in two performances at the State Theatre of Ithaca.  Choreographer Cindy Reid tells us how they are performing this major work with just twenty dancers, and how the original choreography of Marius Petipa has been passed down from generation to generation. http://wskg.org/audio/sleeping.mp3

 

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Know Theatre Presents 'An Evening with Edward Allan Baker'

Know Theatre is presenting three one-act plays by Edward Allan Baker. ‘Dolores’ and ‘Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty, and Truth’ are intense studies of modern issues, while ‘Mafia on Prozac’ is a dark comedy. Director Tim Gleason tells about meeting the playwright, and how this triple bill came to be. http://wskg.org/audio/bakerknow.mp3

Comedic Actress and Singer Christine Pedi Performs in Binghamton

The Goodwill Theatre present singer and voice impressionist Christine Pedi  performing her show ‘Great Dames’ in a ‘Stardust Gala’ at the DoubleTree in downtown Binghamton on Friday, March 31. No stranger to radio, she talks about how, as a long-time cast member of ‘Forbidden Broadway’, she discovered her talent for vocal impressions. In ‘Great Dames’ she brings a host of Broadway voices with her. http://wskg.org/audio/pedi.mp3

 

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Improv Comedy Comes to the Phelps Mansion Museum

The Phelps Mansion Museum hosts a performance by graduates of Tim Mollen’s improv comedy workshop. He joins us to talk about how he got interested in improv comedy, what techniques he uses to teach, and how the improv group he founded while in college is still going strong.  Workshop graduate Heather Merlis is along to speak about how and assignment to write about the workshop turned her into a happy participant. http://wskg.org/audio/comedyimprov.mp3

 

Photo credit: Tim Mollen

The Homecoming Players Present 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

The Homecoming Players present Christopher Durang’s brilliant take-off on Anton Chekov, ‘Vany and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ on two successive Monday evenings in the Kitchen Theatre.  Rachel Hockett and Arthur Bicknell join us to talk about this romp through Russian drama, moved to rural Pennsylvania. http://wskg.org/audio/Vanya.mp3

 

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'Southern Tier Actors' do Much More that 'Read' this St. Patrick's Day

Southern Tier Actors Read is presenting an unusual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  This year, instead of a well-known Irish play, as they have done for the past few years, they are presenting a free-wheeling vaudeville show, featuring skits, a puppet show, and of course music.  As always, it is in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum. S.T.A.R. founder Judy McMahon tells us more. http://wskg.org/audio/starirish.mp3

 

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'The Things They Carried' is Adapted as a Play

Tim O’Brien’s award-winning book ‘The Things They Carried’ is the source for a series of events around the Binghamton area. Studio 271 Productions presents a dramatic reading at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on March 10 and 11 in an adaptation by Martin M. Murray. The SUNY-Broome Center for Civic Engagement presents a guided deliberative discussion—’The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam’ on March 8 at 6:30pm in the Decker Community Room of the Broome County Public Library. Tim O’Brien will also appear on March 25 in the Helen Foley Theatre of Binghamton High School. The events are  part of the NEA Big Read, a month-long series of programs highlighting ‘The Things They Carried’, presented by SUNY-Broome Community College.We hear more from director Kate Murray and Prof. Mary Donnelly.

'My Fair Lady' Comes to EPAC

The Endicott Performing Arts Center and Theatre Street Productions present Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical, ‘My Fair Lady’. Often referred to as ‘the perfect musical’, it tells the story of a Cockney flower girl from an unstable family who is taught proper diction by a egotistical professor of linguistics. He does perhaps too good a job when she becomes not only a model of perfect English, but also a strong and independent woman who really doesn’t need him at all, and the tables are turned.  Andrea Gregori and Chris Nickerson talk about the tension between their two characters and about this timeless and tuneful musical. http://wskg.org/audio/fairlady.mp3

Elmira College Students Premiere 'Aide et Reconfort'

The Arnot Art Museum hosts the premiere of a new play, ‘Aide et Reconfort’ by Elmira College professor John J. Kelly.  The title is a reference to French citizens who were suspected of giving “aid and comfort” to the Nazi forces occupying France, and how the French Resistance dealt with them.  We hear from Professor Kelly about his historical research to write this play, and also from actor Sophie Poost, a sociology and anthropology major, whose studies inform her role as a member of the Resistance. http://wskg.org/audio/aide.mp3

 

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The BU Theatre Department Presents 'A Lie of the Mind'

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents Sam Shepard’s drama ‘A Lie of the Mind’ in five performances in the Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. Director Anne Brady talks about Sam Shepherds autobiographical connection to the play and working with young actors playing complex characters. The production contains adult content and is not suitable for young audiences. http://wskg.org/audio/shepherd.mp3

 

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The Civic Ensemble of Ithaca Performs an Encore

The Civic Ensemble of Ithaca is bringing back their production of Athol Fugard’s play ‘My Children! My Africa!’ Director Melanie Dreyer-Lude talks about the play and her cast. “The great South African playwright Athol Fugard confronts the tragedy of apartheid in this compelling tale set in a segregated township in 1984. In the face of increasing racial tension, a humble and humane black teacher attempts to persuade his best (and most charismatic) student that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa’s problems. Fugard’s play resonates deeply with the increasing influence of the Black Lives Matter movement challenging the old guard of the Civil Rights movement and with ongoing debates over racial inequality in American public schools.”

TCO Pairs a Comedy by Ravel with Cabaret Songs by Schoenberg

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting a double-bill of Arnold Schoenberg’s early cabaret songs, the Brettl-lieder paired with Maurice Ravel’s effervescent comedy ‘L’Heure Espagnole’. Stage Director James Kenon Mitchell talks about turning the Brettl-lieder into a mini-autobiography of Marilyn Monroe and linking the songs to Ravel’s comedy and its fiery, yet frustrated leading lady, Concepcion.  Soprano Stacey Geyer talks about the various sources for the texts used in the Brettl-lieder, and about playing the Marilyn Monroe character. http://wskg.org/audio/brettl.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings of Bunn Hill Photography for Tri-Cities Opera

'South Pacific' Comes to the Cider Mill Playhouse

The Cider Mill Playhouse welcomes Jan DeAngelo Productions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’ in a concert staging.  Although they have been married and have performed together for many years, Jan and Shannon DeAngelo have never played opposite each other. They have chosen this classic musical to do just that.  They talk about the perils of that, and this beloved score, which is one hit song after another, and tells a story that addresses serious themes of love against a backdrop of war. http://wskg.org/audio/southpacific.mp3

 

Photo credit: Studio 271 Productions for Jan DeAngelo Productions

'The Mikado' Comes to Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Music Department, in conjunction with the Summer Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan’s perennial favorite ‘The Mikado’ in two performances, February 10 at 7:30pm and February 12 at 1pm in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus.  Timothy Perry leads the orchestra and tenor Steven Nanni directs.  We hear from the two sopranos sharing the role of the young Yum-Yum, who seems innocent, but she’s “very wide awake” in dealing with a frightening rival, as well as threats of decapitation and other more “stuffy” deaths. http://wskg.org/audio/0206mikado.mp3

 

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Know Theatre Presents 'Of the Fields, Lately'

Know Theatre of Binghamton is presenting David French’s play ‘Of the Fields, Lately’. David French is held in the same esteem in Canada as Tennessee Williams is in the United States.  His cycle of plays about the Mercer family is presented with great regularity there.  Tim Gleason talks about his role in the play. We also get him to reluctantly tell about a recent award he received. http://wskg.org/audio/0206fields.mp3

 

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SRO Productions Present the Musical '1776'

SRO Productions is presenting the musical ‘1776’ by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone.  Sam Goodyear talks with Mickey Woyshner who plays John Adams, and Scott Fisher who is director and is also playing the crotchety Rhode Island delegate Stephen Hopkins. They talk about amassing the number of men needed to cast the show and producing this innovative staging in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.  They also talk about the musical number in the show that so offended President Richard Nixon that it was eliminated from the filmed version, but it is retained for this production. http://wskg.org/audio/1776.mp3

 

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'Birds of East Africa' Land in Ithaca

The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca is presenting a world premiere.  Playwright Wendy Dann, a long-time associate of Kitchen Theatre, has written a new play, ‘Birds of East Africa’. She and Artistic Director Rachel Lampert talk about the joys and challenges of presenting a new play that deals with creating a new family after a life-changing event. http://wskg.org/audio/africa.mp3

 

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Spare Productions Present 'No Exit'

Spare Productions is making a big departure from their succession of musicals with Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential drama ‘No Exit’. Originally written in French with the title ‘Huis Clos’, this version has been translated into English by Paul Bowles.  Kassidy Shea, playing Ines, and Marisa Valent, not only playing Estelle but also the producer, talk about about the decision to break from musicals to produce this deep and serious play while on a break from their university studies. http://wskg.org/audio/noexit.mp3

 

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Opera Ithaca Presents 'The Abduction from the Seraglio'

Opera Ithaca presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comedy ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ in a gala New Year’s Eve performance in the Kitchen Theatre of Ithaca.  Artistic Director, soprano Lynn Craver and General Director, bass Zachary James talk about returning to Ithaca to form this young opera company, as well as the challenges of putting together a full opera in just a few days. http://wskg.org/audio/1228seraglio.mp3

 

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The Cherry Arts Presents 'The Snow Queen'

The Cherry Arts is presenting a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’ in the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca.  The production features puppets and original songs with lyrics by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and music by Paul Leschen.  We hear from director Samuel Buggeln. http://wskg.org/audio/snowqueen2.mp3

 

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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present 'A Christmas Story'

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of the stage version of the holiday film ‘A Christmas Story’ adapted by Philip Grecian. It’s the fifteenth year for this hilarious classic.  Jamie Cornell, playing the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about his and his whole family’s involvement over the years. Executive Director Sonny DeWitt is also on hand to talk about new additions to the production alongside the flagpole, the slide, and the infamous leg lamp. http://wskg.org/audio/1202christmasstory.mp3

 

Photo credit: R.E. Baker for Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

BU's Opera Ensemble Presents Excerpts from 'Suor Angelica' and "Tales of Hoffmann'

UPDATE: The venue of the Saturday, December 10 performance has been changed to the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center. The Binghamton University Music Department’s Opera Ensemble is presenting scenes from Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and Jacques Offenbach’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ in two peformances.  Performances are Sunday, December 4 at 3pm in the Ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Court Street in Binghamton, and again on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 in Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.  the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. http://wskg.org/audio/operascenes.mp3

 

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‘Death Boogie’ Comes to Kitchen Theatre

Kitchen Theatre presents Darian Dauchan in his own hip-hop musical, ‘Death Boogie’.  Performed with upright bass and violin, it tells the story of blue-collar worker Victor Spartan and his journey from passivity to activism as he works through an array of characters. Dauchan talks about creating the multi-media show, and its successful performances in Edinburgh and Norway. http://wskg.org/audio/boogiemix.mp3

 

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'Death Boogie' Comes to Kitchen Theatre

Kitchen Theatre presents Darian Dauchan in his own hip-hop musical, ‘Death Boogie’.  Performed with upright bass and violin, it tells the story of blue-collar worker Victor Spartan and his journey from passivity to activism as he works through an array of characters. Dauchan talks about creating the multi-media show, and its successful performances in Edinburgh and Norway. http://wskg.org/audio/boogiemix.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Engelbert Humperdinck’s seasonal favorite ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in the Opera Center at 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton. Director Cara Consilvio and Director of Community Engagement John Rozzoni talk about the new translation that brings new life to this traditional tale. http://wskg.org/audio/hanselint.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera presents 'Hansel and Gretel'

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Engelbert Humperdinck’s seasonal favorite ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in the Opera Center at 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton. Director Cara Consilvio and Director of Community Engagement John Rozzoni talk about the new translation that brings new life to this traditional tale. http://wskg.org/audio/hanselint.mp3

 

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BU Theatre Presents 'Bells Are Ringing'

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents the 1950’s musical ‘Bells Are Ringing’. If you don’t know what an ‘answering service’ is, this musical will explain it with a great score with lyrics by Comden and Green and music by Jule Styne. Director Tommy Iafrate talks about this exuberant musical, and the chore of explaining a world without voice mail to his young cast. http://wskg.org/audio/bellsmix.mp3

 

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BU Theatre Presents ‘Bells Are Ringing’

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents the 1950’s musical ‘Bells Are Ringing’. If you don’t know what an ‘answering service’ is, this musical will explain it with a great score with lyrics by Comden and Green and music by Jule Styne. Director Tommy Iafrate talks about this exuberant musical, and the chore of explaining a world without voice mail to his young cast. http://wskg.org/audio/bellsmix.mp3

 

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The Cardboard Alley Players Present ‘The Nether’

The Cardboard Alley Players of Hartwick College are presenting Jennifer Haley’s futuristic play ‘The Nether’.  The play explore a possible future for the internet, as people are allowed to enter into virtual reality and act out their fantasies. A young police woman investigates a particularly disturbing corner of this new and improved internet to see if these fantasies constitute criminal activity.  The Cardboard Alley Players are a relatively new group on the Hartwick College campus.  We hear from the director and the technical director. http://wskg.org/audio/nethermix.mp3

 

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The Cardboard Alley Players Present 'The Nether'

The Cardboard Alley Players of Hartwick College are presenting Jennifer Haley’s futuristic play ‘The Nether’.  The play explore a possible future for the internet, as people are allowed to enter into virtual reality and act out their fantasies. A young police woman investigates a particularly disturbing corner of this new and improved internet to see if these fantasies constitute criminal activity.  The Cardboard Alley Players are a relatively new group on the Hartwick College campus.  We hear from the director and the technical director. http://wskg.org/audio/nethermix.mp3

 

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Bring ‘Hamilton’ Into Your Classroom

GREAT PERFORMANCES: “Hamilton’s America” provides a behind-the-scenes look at Lin-Manuel
Miranda’s smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton. “Hamilton’s America” blends history, footage of Miranda’s writing process, and scenes from the musical itself to create a vibrant and engaging film about the making of the musical and the preservation of Alexander Hamilton’s legacy. PBS LearningMedia now features this collection for the classroom, which includes clips, activities, discussion questions, handouts, and teaching tips connected to the film. 

Also – check out this project! Dust off your mic and join in on the #fallartsrap challenge that is inspired by “Hamilton’s America!” Learn more.  

Bring 'Hamilton' Into Your Classroom

GREAT PERFORMANCES: “Hamilton’s America” provides a behind-the-scenes look at Lin-Manuel
Miranda’s smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton. “Hamilton’s America” blends history, footage of Miranda’s writing process, and scenes from the musical itself to create a vibrant and engaging film about the making of the musical and the preservation of Alexander Hamilton’s legacy. PBS LearningMedia now features this collection for the classroom, which includes clips, activities, discussion questions, handouts, and teaching tips connected to the film. 

Also – check out this project! Dust off your mic and join in on the #fallartsrap challenge that is inspired by “Hamilton’s America!” Learn more.  

Tri-Cities Opera Presents Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ in one performance on Sunday, October 16 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  Director David Lefkowich talks about the non-traditional staging of the opera, with the orchestra onstage.  Baritone Timothy LeFebvre, who spent twenty years with TCO as a student and then as a resident artist,  returns to Binghamton for the role of Giorgio Germont, a role he first sang with Tri-Cities Opera. Also returning to Binghamton is Meroe Khalia Adeeb in the role of Violetta. http://wskg.org/audio/Traviata.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Verdi's 'La Traviata'

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ in one performance on Sunday, October 16 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  Director David Lefkowich talks about the non-traditional staging of the opera, with the orchestra onstage.  Baritone Timothy LeFebvre, who spent twenty years with TCO as a student and then as a resident artist,  returns to Binghamton for the role of Giorgio Germont, a role he first sang with Tri-Cities Opera. Also returning to Binghamton is Meroe Khalia Adeeb in the role of Violetta. http://wskg.org/audio/Traviata.mp3

 

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Rachel Lampert’s ‘Precious Nonsense’ is Revived at Kitchen Theatre

Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre is reviving Rachel Lampert’s Gilbert and Sullivan mash-up ‘Precious Nonsense’.  A Depression Era G & S company battles financial troubles to produce ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ with only seven actors.  Kitchen Theatre is also the recent recipient of a theatrical award.  Director Sara Lampert Hoover and Associate Directing Producer Lesley Greene talk about the play and about the award. http://wskg.org/audio/preciousmix.mp3

 

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Rachel Lampert's 'Precious Nonsense' is Revived at Kitchen Theatre

Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre is reviving Rachel Lampert’s Gilbert and Sullivan mash-up ‘Precious Nonsense’.  A Depression Era G & S company battles financial troubles to produce ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ with only seven actors.  Kitchen Theatre is also the recent recipient of a theatrical award.  Director Sara Lampert Hoover and Associate Directing Producer Lesley Greene talk about the play and about the award. http://wskg.org/audio/preciousmix.mp3

 

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History Repeats itself in a Major Drama

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’. http://tiahwaga.com/  It’s a retelling of the story of the Salem Witch Trials, but it is famously a metaphor for the McCarthy Hearings during the Red Scare of the 1950’s that pulled Miller himself into its vortex.  We hear about the history of the play, and the historical events the play is based on from director James Osborne. “Based on the infamous witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts, from 1692 to 1693, a deeply tragic yet captivating thriller emerges as a social and psychological play. Through the unfolding action of the events, situations arise that brings with it hysteria and a definite us or them mentality. This captivating 1949 Pulitzer Prize winning play maintains its relevancy to modern day events by demonstrating the electrifying intensity that is born out of the ideology of paranoia and mayhem.

A Musician Caught Between Art and Politics is Forced to Explain his Actions

Chenango River Theatre is presenting Ronald Harwood’s play ‘Taking Sides’. Wilhelm Furtwängler was the best conductor of his time.  Unfortunately that time included Nazi Germany and World War II.  He remained in Germany, an ardent opponent of the Nazis, insulated by his great fame, and useful as a propaganda tool.  Yet, after the war, his actions were judged suspect. ‘Taking Sides’ explores the interrogations he experienced. Actor James Wetzel talks about playing the American Major charged with forcing Furtwängler to admit that he willingly collaborated with the Nazis. http://wskg.org/audio/sidesmix.mp3

 

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A Church Puppet Ministry is Devastated when a Puppet Asserts its Independence

Kitchen Theatre presents Robert Askins’ dark comedy ‘Hand to God’.  A recalcitrant teenager is forced to participate in a church puppet ministry, but the puppet he creates asserts its independence.  Is the puppet possessed by the devil, or is the puppet just allowing the teenager to express feelings he has suppressed? And is the play an exploration of teenage psychology, or an irreverent satire?  Director Rachel Lampert tells us about this recent play and how popular it has become. “In the quiet town of Cypress, Texas, recently widowed Margery takes over the church puppet club. But when one puppet is possessed by the devil, there are wildly funny and deliciously devastating consequences. This hilarious play was nominated for five Tony Awards.

Hangar Theatre Hosts the Best of All Possible Worlds

Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre hosts the Savoyards Musical Theatre, LTD for their production of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide’. ‘Candide’ premiered on Broadway in 1956. It was revised for a production in 1974, and the revisions since then have been too many to enumerate.  It’s a demanding score, written for nearly operatic voices, and it is full of memorable tunes such as ‘Make Our Garden Grow’, ‘I Am Easily Assimilated’, ‘Eldorado’, and, of course, the coloratura tour-de-force ‘Glitter and Be Gay’.  Those familiar with the original satire by Voltaire know that the settings jump around the world and the Savoyards solve this dilemma by placing the action within a nightclub, with the many characters portrayed by employees of the club. http://wskg.org/audio/CANDIDE.mp3

 

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A New Comedy by Santino DeAngelo Premieres at the Cider Mill Playhouse

The Cider Mill Playhouse is presenting Santino DeAngelo’s newest play, ‘When in Carthage’, a farce that throws two Romans into the enemy city, Carthage.  It combines the “slamming doors” of French farce with the situational (and sometimes bawdy) comedy of Plautus. The playwright and the director, Tim Mollen, talk about molding a new play and the input that the actors have towards the final version.  Local favorites Chris Nickerson, Andrew Simek, Josh Sedelmeyer, and Jessica Nogaret are in the cast, as well as the playwright’s mother, Shannon DeAngelo. http://wskg.org/audio/carthagemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Tim Mollen for Cider Mill Playhouse

 

 

Two Stars of Vaudeville Started Their Careers in Binghamton

The Roberson Museum and Science Center presents ‘Cohen and Ginsberg: Ragtime and Vaudeville in Early 20th Century Binghamton’.  Theresa Lee Whiting moved into the former home of composer and ragtime pianist Charles Cohen, which led her to do research into this son of a former slave and the music he wrote and published.  Along the way she came upon references to Solly Ginsberg, the son of the first rabbi of Binghamton.  Ginsberg was on his way to a classical career until his father was murdered.  Very soon afterwards Ginsberg found his calling as ‘Violinsky’, an internationally renowned vaudeville performer and composer.  More than a lecture, this program will present more detail about these performers as well as their music. http://wskg.org/audio/cohen.mp3

 

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A Play Written in 1964 Remains Relevant Decades Later

Know Theatre is presenting ‘Dutchman’ written by Amiri Baraka when he was still known as LeRoi Jones.  It was written in 1964, but its relevance has not paled over the years, highlighting issues of today that remain overlooked and unresolved since then.  A professional African-American man and an aggressive white woman with enigmatic motives meet in a subway car and interact in seemingly unexpected ways, but it’s a dance whose steps are pre-ordained. Director Tim Gleason talks about the themes of the play. Actors Caitlin McNichol and Kymel Yard give us a look inside these very complicated characters. http://www.wskg.org/audio/dutchmix.mp3

 

Photo Credit: Kat D’Andrea for Know Theatre

 

 

Fifty Years of Folk Music in Ithaca

‘Bound for Glory’ started off as a one-off experiment on WVBR in Ithaca. Phil Shapiro has been a one-man show bringing live broadcasts of folk music to the airwaves for fifty years. Phil talks about the many soloists and bands that have been on the program over the years, now broadcasting from Anabel Taylor Hall on the Cornell University campus, and about one hilarious disaster. “On a Sunday night in September 1967, Phil Shapiro made his first Ithaca broadcast on WVBR’s Bound for Glory, presenting folk music of all sorts and kinds to the Central New York listening audience. Now, forty-nine years and more than 1,500 concerts later, WVBR’s Bound for Glory continues to provide free, live folk concerts on over thirty Sunday evenings per year.

Yamatai

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles the energetic and wildly talented Yamatai, which is Cornell University’s student-run taiko drumming team. Based in Cornell’s Lincoln Hall, they perform for several events on campus each semester as well as regional concerts all around the northeast. See how this ancient Japanese art is meticulously recreated by the students at Cornell and go behind the scenes with interviews and rehearsal/audition footage. https://youtu.be/QY6VJob_v0c

Produced by Erin McClory, Tom Garris & Akili Dorsey-Bell

Two Actors Play All the Parts

The Franklin Stage Company presents Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in a version adapted for two actors.  Director Daniel Swern has had experience adapting Shakespeare in unusual ways to bring new immediacy to the sometimes disturbing themes of the play, and new playfulness to the comic scenes. “In this arresting two-hander adaptation, two strangers discover the text of William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Armed with costumes and books-in-hand, what starts as a game turns into a confrontation of personal prejudice and reconciliation with our past. A stunning and innovative feat from director Dan Swern of New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Smugbug Productions.”  

 

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A Chic Suburban Kitchen is the Setting for Bad Behavior

Chenango River Theatre is presenting Michelle Lowe’s dark, yet relentlessly funny play, ‘The Smell of the Kill’. “The story revolves around housewives Nicky, Molly, and Debra, marginal friends who have tolerated one another during once-a-month dinners for years. Nicky is married to an embezzler and is ready to kill for money.  Molly is married to a stalker and is ready to kill for more sex. Debra is married to an adulterer and is just ready to kill. While their unseen spouses practice putting in the dining room, the women exchange confidences for the first time, revealing chinks in all three marriages.  When a completely unlikely opportunity  presents itself, and gives each of them an opportunity to escape their marriages, one by one the women make their choices with more than a little help from one another.”

Hangar Theatre Presents a Love Story Across Time

Hangar Theatre presents Nick Payne’s ‘Constellations’.  It’s a love story across time, or rather, across different threads of time, between a beekeeper and a quantum physicist. We meet the two actors, Makela Spielman and Robert Ross Parker. http://wskg.org/audio/constellmix.mp3

 

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Teaching And Learning In Apartheid South Africa: 'My Children! My Africa' On Stage In Ithaca

MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA!, Athol Fugard’s drama about teaching and learning within segregated South Africa, explores themes about race and protest that are still relevant today. Autumn 1984. The school year has already begun in a small segregated township on the Eastern cape. Anela Myalatya, known affectionately as Mr. M, prepares two pupils, Thami Mbikwana, a black boy, and Isabel Dyson, a white girl, to compete together in an academic competition.

Hamlet's Ophelia Steps to the Front of the Stage in Franklin

The Franklin Stage Company present ‘The Ophelia Project’ this weekend.  In Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’ she is the victim of Hamlet’s feigned madness and a reason for her brother Laertes to challenge Hamlet to a duel.  In operatic treatments she gives the composer an excuse to write a mad scene. But what is she really about? Soprano Cree Carrico and director Christopher Mirto present a musical exploration of this familiar, yet enigmatic character. http://wskg.org/audio/ophelia.mp3

 

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'Willie Wonka' Comes to Susquehanna County

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company is presenting the stage version of the beloved film ‘Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ with cast members from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. It’s a multi-generational cast and we hear from the director, Amanda Rispoli, and the actor playing Willie Wonka, Caleb Park, who has also taken on the task of being producer. http://www.wskg.org/audio/wonkamix.mp3

 

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The Homecoming Players Revive a Favorite Play

The Homecoming Players are presenting Arthur Bicknell’s play ‘Dotty’.  The play is back by popular demand and involves a writer who has fallen on hard times and is dealing with the dementia of her mother, who was a much more successful writer.  Things have never been easy between them, but time is forcing Dotty to come to terms with their problems quickly.  We hear from the director, Rachel Hockett. http://wskg.org/audio/dottymix.mp3

 

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Love and Passion On The H.M.S. Pinafore

Summer Savoyards presents “H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved A Sailor” July 15-17 at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. Crystal Sarakas talks with Jana Kucera, who plays Josephine, and Danel Vaglica, who plays Little Buttercup. Here’s a fun look back at the 2002 Summer Savoyards production of H.M.S. Pinafore. See if you can spot the WSKG folk who were part of the cast! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0-x_SiGlJA

Chekhov's 'Three Sisters' Speak for Themselves at Franklin Stage

The Artistic Director of the Franklin Stage Company, Carmela Marner, admits that having been an only child, she has always been fascinated with Chekhov’s play ‘The Three Sisters’. Over the past year Marner has been paring down Chekhov’s multi-character play into a story told by only those three sisters.  The result is ‘We 3’. http://wskg.org/audio/we3mix.mp3

 

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An Off-beat New Play Ponders Whether We Ever Really Leave Our Home Towns

Chenango River Theatre presents the off-beat and touching comedy ‘Last Gas’.  The title comes from the location, the last gas station in Maine before the Canadian border. The main character returns to this little town to bury her mother, and reconnect with her past.  We hear from the actress playing that role and her return to Chenango County, where she grew up. http://wskg.org/audio/gasmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Chenango River Theatre

Young Actors Gather to Perform a Classic Musical

Spare Productions is a group of college students who get together on breaks to make theatre. Their summer show is Kander and Ebb’s ‘Chicago’. We hear from the production pianist Canaan Harris and actress Brittany Miller, who plays Velma Kelly. http://wskg.org/audio/Sparemix.mp3

 

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Comedian Tommy Koenig is a Musical Tour Guide Through the Baby Boom Generation

Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center is presenting comedian Tommy Koenig in his one-man show ‘Baby Boom Baby’. The show charts the journey of the Baby Boom Generation through the sound-track of their life. Koenig is a veteran of National Lampoon and a Baby Boomer himself. His song parodies reflect the times that the generation was living through. http://wskg.org/audio/koenigmix.mp3

 

Photo Credit: Tommy Koenig

A Familiar Opera in a New Guise

The Franklin Stage Company presents Opera MODO’s production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’.  At its premiere in 1875, ‘Carmen’ challenged audience with title character’s courage, sense of liberation, and her dark sense of humor. This opera company from Detroit has reset this tuneful favorite in a women’s prison, with the title character as a transgender woman sung by a countertenor. http://wskg.org/audio/carmenfranklin.mp3

 

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company and Opera MODO

A Drama Examines an Artist's Definition Of Success

Know Theatre presents Donald Margulies’ play ‘Sight Unseen’.  Jeff Tagliaferro plays an artist so successful that collectors pay up front for paintings he has yet to begin. But he feels that the well of inspiration is running dry, so he visits the former girlfriend (Amoreena Wade) who was his Muse when he started becoming famous.  She is married now to a stable, but unexciting husband (Tim Gleason) and the battle lines are set. http://wskg.org/audio/sightunseen.mp3

 

Photo credit: Know Theatre

Actors Tell the Stories of Vietnam Veterans

‘I Was There in ’67” is a play that consists of monologues from 10 Vietnam Veterans, collected and edited by playwright Judith Present.  It is being presented in one performance this weekend. Actor Foster Daniels talks about his character and the interactions he has had with some of the men who really were there. http://wskg.org/audio/present67.mp3

 

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Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime

WSKG Arts is proud to present Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime! This program is the culmination of a tremendous partnership between arts organizations from all across the state of New York. Featuring an original score composed by Binghamton native Santino DeAngelo, performances by members of the Tri-Cities Opera and original choreography performed by pantomime dancer Doug Baum, Narcissus is a truly unique viewing experience. In addition to the three acts of performances, ‘Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime’ also features a behind the scenes look at the history of this long-forgotten art and how this complicated production came together. Sit back and return to the days of the Roman Coliseum with this special presentation from WSKG Arts!

Chenango River Theatre Opens its Season with a Warm-Hearted Comedy

Chenango River Theatre is presenting Bruce Graham’s comedy ‘Stella and Lou’.  Three people meet in a bar in South Philadelphia and contemplate the changes in their lives and how to deal with those changes. Brigitt Markusfeld and Dan Mian talk about this heart-warming comedy, and their acting profession. http://wskg.org/audio/stellamix.mp3

 

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Paloma Explores Faith, Love and Poetry at the Kitchen Theatre

Paloma and Ibrahim meet at NYU in a graduate literature course. He is devoutly Muslim, she is nominally Catholic, and their immediate attraction comes as a surprise to them both–and presents serious problems for dealing with their families. When they make an impulsive decision to visit the ancient cities in Spain where the world’s great religions once coexisted in peace, it has life-changing consequences for everyone. Crystal Sarakas talks with Rachel Lampert about the performance. The performance of Paloma at the Kitchen Theatre is the East Coast premiere of the play.  Performances are May 1-22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7ZkbBsvD1g

 

Photo: Greg Cannon

Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime Premieres Tonight on WSKG

WSKG Arts and composer Santino DeAngelo present Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime. This hour long program features original music written by DeAngelo, performances from the Tri-Cities Opera and a behind the scenes look at how this unique production came together. Take a sneak peek with this promo produced by WSKG Arts. https://youtu.be/B70KiRuMEzQ

Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime premieres on Thursday, May 19th at 8pm on WSKG-TV.

A Southern Gothic Play Comes to Ithaca

The Homecoming Players present Beth Henley’s southern gothic play, ‘Crimes of the Heart’. A Pulitzer Prize winner, it presents three sisters who couldn’t be more different, until tragedy brings them together. It’s a heart-warming and hilarious play performed as readers’ theatre at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca. http://www.wskg.org/audio/crimesmix.mp3

 

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Unusual Casting Shows the Universality of Shakespeare

The Binghamton University Theatre Department is presenting Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. In this case, the Prince of Denmark is portrayed by a woman, Danielle Nigro, and we hear from her about how Hamlet’s struggles transcend gender.  We also meet fight director Jamie Cheatham, an alumnus of Binghamton University, who now specializes in stage combat. http://wskg.org/audio/hamletmix.mp3

 

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A Conductor has One Foot in Opera, the Other in Broadway

Conductor Braden Toan is leading Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller ‘Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. With experience conducting long-running Broadway hits and also uptown at City Opera, he is equally at home with opera and musical theatre.  He talks about his techniques of working with opera singers and the challenges of those works that straddle the opera/Broadway line.  He also talks about his journey from the bassoon section to the podium. http://wskg.org/audio/Bradentoan.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents a Musical Thriller

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller ‘Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. It’s a challenging show in many ways, and we hear from the singers playing Mrs. Lovett, Jenni Bank, and Sweeney Todd, Philip Cutlip. http://wskg.org/audio/jenniphilip.mp3

 

 

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Students at Hartwick College Take on a Challenging Musical

We hear from the choreographer Alyssa Lundberg and the set and lighting designer Joanna Carber of Hartwick College’s production of the Kander and Ebb musical ‘Chicago’.  Director of Theatre Arts Malissa Kano-White is the stage director of this jazz-age saga. http://wskg.org/audio/hartwickchicago.mp3

 

Photo credit: Hartwick College

'Man of La Mancha' is a Musical whose Freshness Never Fades

Half-Light Theatre present Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh’s timeless musical ‘Man of La Mancha’.  The novel ‘Don Quixote’ was written over 400 years ago, but the themes addressed in the novel are, in their comic way, timeless.  Similarly, the musical, which premiered in 1964, preserves the contrast of dark and light between the clumsy adventures of Don Quixote and the difficult life of Cervantes. http://wskg.org/audio/manchamix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Half-Light Theatre

Ithaca Jacobean Players

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles the newly formed Ithaca Jacobean Players. While many drama groups will perform the works of Shakespeare, these students wanted to showcase what was popular in England after Shakespeare. Their story is told thru interviews with troupe members and exclusive footage of their first ever performance, John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bXGxB8Ms6s

Produced by Tasheva Lee

A Son's Play Recollects his Father's Life through Letters

Dalton Trumbo was a well-known screenwriter, but he was called in to testify in the Red Scare and name names of other screenwriters who had been members of the Communist Party.  He was found in contempt of Congress and was blacklisted, but managed to not only continue his craft, but excel in it.  Bill Gorman and Chris Nickerson star in ‘Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted’, a play based on Trumbo’s letters produced by Southern Tier Actors Read. For tickets, 607/729-1959. http://wskg.org/audio/redwhitemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kate Murray; Studio 271.

An Opera is Revived After 400 Years

A team of musicians under the direction of Cornell University professor Neal Zaslaw has created a performing edition of Agostino Agazzari’s 1606 pastoral opera ‘Eumelio’.  The Cornell Early Music Lab is performing it on March 19 and 20 in the Klarman Hall Auditorium. http://wskg.org/audio/eumelio.mp3

 

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The Play is a Disaster, but the Play About the Play is All Laughs

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players are presenting Michael Frayn’s comedy ‘Noises Off’, a quirky look at the cast of a not-very-successful play, whose backstage inter-relationships are much more entertaining than the play they are performing. Ti-Ahwaga produced it last not that long ago, but demand for its revival has been so strong that it is back.  Actors Shawn Yetter and Jamie Cornell tell about the joys and terrors of doing fast-paced comedy. http://wskg.org/audio/noisesmix.mp3

 

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Claus Evans Returns to the Stage in a Memorable Role

Jan DeAngelo and Company are presenting Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s beloved musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ this weekend in the Jewish Community Center. Jan has coaxed local actor Claus Evans out of retirement to play the milkman Tevye. Jan talks about working with Claus and finding new things in this musical that premiered in 1964. http://wskg.org/audio/fiddlermix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kathleen Nugent Murray

Ithaca Shakespeare Company

The Ithaca Shakespeare Company is a regional theatre organization in Central New York. Their three to four productions per year draw a total audience of approximately 5,000 with visitors from all across America and beyond. For over ten years Ithaca Shakespeare have performed their summer productions on the grounds of the beautiful Cornell Plantations and it was during last summer’s performance of ‘Henry IV’ that WSKG Arts visited the company. This segment features interviews with Ithaca Shakespeare Director Steve Ponton and Board Member Michael Donato, plus behind-the-scenes footage of how the production comes together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyXTTCA26ik

Ntozake Shange's 'for colored girls' Weaves Together Love, Loss and Sisterhood

‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,’ Ntozake Shange’s collection of choreopoems, will be performed this weekend at the Know Theatre in downtown Binghamton. Director Amoreena Wade talks with Crystal Sarakas about the joy and darkness of the work, and about the experience of bringing together six women (plus Wade) to perform this work. Performances are March 4th and 5th at 7:30 p.m. There is a pay-what-you-can final dress rehearsal Thursday, March 3rd at 7:30.  

Photo Credit: Connor Deacon

Memories of a Summer in Ireland Come to Life at BU

Binghamton University Theatre Department is presenting Brian Friel’s award-winning play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’.  It’s a time of change between the two World Wars, and those changes are finally coming to rural Ireland. The changes are viewed as a hazy memory by the son of one a group of five sisters. Director Elizabeth Mozer tells us about this beautiful play about joy and family in the midst of hard and uncertain times. http://wskg.org/audio/lughnasmix.mp3

 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Cohen, Binghamton University

New Plays From Around The Country Staged by Darkhorse Dramatists

Over two hundred plays were submitted to Darkhorse Dramatists from playwrights around the nation for their festival of new plays, ‘WRITE from the Heart, Plays on Love’. The seven finalist plays will be presented at the Cider Mill Playhouse.  Artistic Director Tony Yajko talks about the process of selecting and staging the plays. http://wskg.org/audio/darkhorsemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Darkhorse Dramatists

Tri-Cities Opera Presents Two One-Act Operas by Menotti and Bernstein

Gian-Carlo Menotti’s comedy ‘The Telephone’ and Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ are presented in the round in the Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton in four performances this weekend. Stage Director Carleen Graham and conductor Warren Jones talk about this innovative production. http://wskg.org/audio/tahiti2.mp3

 

Photo credit: Bunn Hill Photo and Randy Cummings

A Gender-bending Cult Musical Comes to Hartwick College

Director Nathan Skethway and actor James Canal join forces to present the cult musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at Harwick College.  It’s almost 20 years since this musical premiered, but the themes are still challenging and more timely than ever. And, as a two-actor show, it’s a real challenge for the performers. http://wskg.org/audio/hedwigmix2.mp3

 

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The Generation Gap and the Challenges on Both Sides are Explored in a Drama at Know Theatre

After a traffic violation, a judge renders a decision, but which party is being punished: the young driver with lots to do in his demanding career, or the widower who has next to nothing to do?  Know Theatre Actors Bernie Sheredy and Josh Sedelmeyer, along with director Tim Gleason, talk about Jeff Baron’s ‘Visiting Mr. Green’. It’s a play with themes so universal that it has been performed in many languages in over 40 nations.  

 

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"Morning's at Seven" premiered in 1939 and hasn't lost any laughs

Paul Osborn’s play Morning’s at Seven inhabits a world of family events and emotions that remains unchanged since it opened on Broadway in 1939.  It has been revived several times on Broadway, and is popular in community theatre for its colorful and still-relevant characters.  Southern Tier Actors Read are presenting it in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Saturday, January 23rd, and Sunday, the 24th.  

 

 

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Ancient Roman pantomime finds a new voice

Pantomime was hugely popular in ancient Rome, but virtually nothing is known about them, other than that they were entertainments performed by one dancer accompanied by chorus and vocal soloists. Composer Santino DeAngelo has researched this lost art and created his own short pantomime based on the myth of Narcissus.  Narcissus premieres on Thursday, January 21 at the Tri-Cities Opera Center as part of A Walk on the Wild Side.  The program also includes selections from recent operas sung by artists from Tri-Cities Opera.  WSKG will broadcast Narcissus this coming spring as a WSKG Arts Presents special. Composer Santino DeAngelo, dramaturg Marty Murray, and director Austin Tooley talk about reviving this lost art. http://wskg.org/audio/narcissus2016.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Santino DeAngelo

Actor Alexander Boyce displays his magical side at the Schorr Firehouse

Alexander Boyce is probably most familiar to audiences in the Triple Cities for his acting, at Union-Endicott High School, SRO Productions, and Know Theatre, and he is now pursuing acting studies at the Tisch School of Arts at NYU.  His interest in magic began about the same time as his interest in acting, and that is what brings him to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre in Johnson City with fellow magician David Oliver for Bam! It’s Magic! http://wskg.org/audio/boycemagicmix.mp3

Photo courtesy Goodwill Theatre

 

Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" comes to the Forum with a new score

Mel Brooks’ 1976 Silent Movie is anything but silent with an original score by theatre organist Jim Ford on Sunday, December 27th at 2pm in the Forum on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton. http://wskg.org/audio/silentmovie.mp3

Photo courtesy Binghamton Theatre Organ Sociey

"A Christmas Carol" moves through the Phelps Mansion Museum

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol makes itself at home as the audience follows the play from room to room in the Phelps Mansion Museum, now decorated for Christmas. Chris Nickerson plays Ebeneezer Scrooge, along with Jan DeAngelo as Jacob Marley, Joe Bardales as Bob Cratchit, and Judy McMahon, Mickey Ray, Nick DeLucia as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Adam Ackerman and Matthew Beach will be featured as Tiny Tim. http://wskg.org/audio/phelpschristmasmix.mp3

Photo courtesy of Joshua B

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BU Music presents an enduring Christmas favorite

Binghamton University Music Department presents two Sunday matinees of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Originally written for television, Menotti wrote it so that it could be easily staged in a theatre.  Stage Director Steven Nanni, Music Director Willie Waters, and Henry Wager, the boy soprano singing the title character, talk about why this short opera is so beloved. http://wskg.org/audio/amahl2015.mp3

Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department

A drama explores a controversial issue

Author Jack Gilroy and director Judy McMahon talk about the first area reading of the play The Predator.  After years as a teacher, Gilroy has begun writing novels and plays. Coming from a military family, he explores issues around drone warfare.  Judy McMahon brings her dramatic expertise and actors from Southern Tier Actors Read for a reading and discussion of this play.  The performace will be at the Unitarian Universalist church next to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. http://wskg.org/audio/predatormix.mp3

Photo provided; KAZ Vorpal via Flickr

Ti-Ahawaga Community Players have the leg lamp turned on for you!

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players offer their annual production of A Christmas Story.  The flag pole, Santa, the Old Man, the leg lamp, Lifebuoy soap, the Ovaltine decoder ring, and the Red Ryder BB gun all make their appearance. Todd Smith, who plays the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about this perennial favorite. http://wskg.org/audio/toddsmithmix.mp3

 

Photo by R.E. Baker via Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

 

 

Theatre Incognita performs in a new venue.

Ithaca’s Theatre Incognita is performing Sam Shepherd’s Fool for Love in a new venue, Circus Culture, Press Bay Alley in Ithaca. Director Ross Haarstad talks about this drama of confrontation that takes place on the edge of the Mojave Desert. http://wskg.org/audio/foolovemix.mp3

Photo courtesy TheRealMichaelMoore via Flickr

BU Theatre looks at 1891 from a modern perspective

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents the rock musical Spring Awakening. The original play dates from the late 19th century and is the story of adolescents dealing with the changes in their lives, while dealing with the repressive atmosphere of their school and families. http://wskg.org/audio/springawakeningmix.mp3

Photo courtesy of Binghamton University Theatre Department.

A barber chair is free at EPAC

The Endicott Performing Arts Center presents Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It’s a story of a man who returns  from exile to exact revenge on the people who unjustly punished him.  Matt Gaska, who plays Sweeney, and Andrea Gregori, who plays his daughter Johanna, talk about the production, the music, and some of the themes in this monumental musical that is, by turns, horrifying, thoughtful, and devilishly funny. http://wskg.org/audio/sweeneymix.mp3

 

Photo courtesy SD Fischer via Flickr

Tri-Cities Opera presents Tchaikovsky's fairy-tale opera "Iolanta"

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting their first production in Russian with English surtitles. Iolanta was Tchaikovsky’s final opera, a one-act fairy tale, written as a companion piece to The Nutcracker.  General Director Susan Ashbaker is your host and Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse explains the plot of the opera assisted by singers from the cast. Iolanta: Abigail Rethwisch

Marta: Lindsay Kate Brown

Brigitta: Stacey Geyer

Laura: Mary Beth Nelson

Bertrand: Josiah Davis

Almeric: Quinn Bernegger

King Rene: Andrew Hiers

Ibn-Hakia: Jake Stamatis

Robert: John Viscardi

Count Vaudemont: Jordan Schreiner

Music Director and accompanist: Yelena Kurdina

Stage Director: James Kenon Mitchell

Set Designer: Amara Kopakova

Photo provided by Tri-Cities Opera

Tri-Cities Opera presents a fairy tale opera by Tchaikovsky

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s one-act fairy tale opera Iolanta began as a companion piece to The Nutcracker. It is familiar to Russian audiences, but is only now becoming popular outside of Russia. Tri-Cities Opera has chosen it to inaugurate the recently renovated Savoca-Hibbitt Hall of the Opera Center on Clinton St. in Binghamton.  Performed in Russian with English supertitles, it features soprano Abigail Rethwisch in the title role. http://www.wskg.org/audio/iolanta.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Tri-Cities Opera

Lauren Gunderson's "I and You" comes to the Kitchen Theatre

Director Emily Jackson talks about Lauren Gunderson’s play I and You, now onstage at the Kitchen Theatre.  Two teenagers work together on a project; it’s a premise the author said shouldn’t work, but it’s a probing and funny look at teenagers, their battles, and their search for meaning and being. http://wskg.org/audio/iandyoumix.mp3

 

 

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An international theatrical project comes to Ithaca College

This Stained Dawn (“Dagh Dagh Ujala” in Urdu) is a set of monologues presenting the stories of witnesses to the 1947 partition of Pakistan from India. Ithaca professor Kathleen Mulligan created this theatrical work in an international project, originally presented in Urdu in Pakistan.  It now comes to Ithaca College in English before continuing on to performances in Washington, D.C.

 

Photo courtesy of Voices of Partition

 

 

The original stage version of "The Rocky Horror" show comes to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened forty years ago, based on a British musical.  SRO Productions is presenting the original version at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Mickey Woyshner (Dr. Frankenfurter) and Heather Merlis (Columbia) tell us about the ground-breaking aspects of the show and how director Scott Fisher has adapted it to this intimate space. http://wskg.org/audio/rockymix.mp3

A comedy of manners (without the manners) opens Binghamton University's theatre season

Yasmina Reza’s dark comedy The God of Carnage is the next play presented by the Theatre Department of Binghamton University. Director Tom Kremer and one of the four actors, Tom Mackin,  talk about the two civilized and well-off couples who meet to solve a dispute between their two sons, and their descent into behavior that would make a ten-year-old blush.  The play was originally written in French, but has quickly been translated into many languages for successful productions. http://www.wskg.org/audio/carnagemix.mp3

 

 

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players stage Harper Lee's classic story

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present a stage version of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s novel that was turned into a memorable film.  The play centers on the trial and how the father, Atticus Finch, and his daughter, Scout, support each other during a difficult time. American History professor Joseph Crespino has said, “In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.” We hear from the actors playing father and daughter, Greg Fusare and Nadia Murphy. http://wskg.org/audio/mockingbirdmix.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Russ Baker via Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

Paula Poundstone is coming to Ithaca

Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me panelist Paula Poundstone is bringing her trademark comedy to the State Theatre of Ithaca. WSKG’s Sarah Gager had a chance to talk with Paula by phone earlier this week. http://wskg.org/audio/POUNDSTONE.mp3

Southern Tier Actors Read start Halloween a little early

The Passion of Dracula ran Off-Broadway for two years. It’s a slightly up-dated version of Bram Stoker’s classic tale, with women taking up the battle against the famous vampire.  Southern Tier Actors Read performs it for one night only in the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott.  Director Joe Bardales and actor Bree Harvey talk about the play and Southern Tier Actors Read. http://wskg.org/audio/draculamix.mp3

 

Jon Robin Baitz' "Other Desert Cities" comes to Chenango River Theatre

Chenango River Theatre director Bill Lelbach talks about Jon Robin Baitz’ 2011 Broadway play “Other Desert Cities”.  A family with roots in Hollywood who has been drawn into the higher echelons of politics, but their counter-culture children threaten to scandalize that comfortable prominence by revealing a family secret. But even secrets can have hidden meanings.  Many of the cast members are local actors, but playing surprising roles. http://wskg.org/audio/desertcitiesmix.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Chenango River Theatre

[title of show] comes to EPAC

The Endicott Performing Arts Center presents [title of show], the musical depiction of the struggles of a couple of playwrights trying to create a musical for a competition, and finding that their struggle is a more interesting subject for a musical than any other idea the come up with, so it’s a musical about writing a musical about writing a musical about…..  Actor Jana Kucera and assistant director Dallas Ellwood do their best to explain this zany concept. http://wskg.org/audio/titleofshowmix.mp3

 

photo courtesy Andrew Malone via Flickr

Know Theatre presents "Proof"

Know Theatre presents David Auburn’s play Proof.  It explores the fine line between genius and madness in a family of mathematicians. A mathematician tries to “prove” her own genius against the memories of her recently-departed mathematician father.  Actors Tim Gleason and Eric Young talk about their roles and the tensions and conflicts as the family strives for a resolution. http://wskg.org/audio/proofmix.mp3

 

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The Cornell Jewish Studies department presents a Yiddish Theatre Festival

The Cornell Jewish Studies department is presenting its first Yiddish Theatre Festival on September 8th, 9th, and 10th.  The festival includes a silent film from the 1920s, a performance of “Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-d”, a sampler of Yiddish theatre, and a performance of “Waiting for Godot” in Yiddish.  Allen Lewis Rickman gives us an overview of the festival. http://wskg.org/audio/yiddishtheatremix.mp3

 

Picture courtesy Ronald L. Glassman via Cornell Jewish Studies

Phoenix Players Theatre Group

WSKG Arts is proud to travel to the Auburn Correctional Facility to present a short feature on the inspirational Phoenix Players Theatre Group. PPTG is an inmate run organization, that with the help of Cornell University, meets every Friday night. The inmates practice monologues, skits and other theatre inspired exercises while also learning about themselves. This feature goes inside the the maximum security facility to eavesdrop on a Friday night meeting. We see the group perform and also interview a few of the members as they discuss what it means to them to be a part of this important group.

Franklin Stage Company presents "An Ideal Husband"

Carmela Marner, Artistic Director of Franklin Stage Company talks about their production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy An Ideal Husband.  The play addresses some very serious subjects: class, bribery, blackmail, and divulging state secrets, still it was successful enough that it took the theatre that premiered it from the brink of bankruptcy to financial success. It also premiered just as Wilde’s life was about to fall apart.  

The Cornell Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan's "Princess Ida"

Stage Director Judith Pratt talks about the Cornell Savoyards’ production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Princess Ida. It’s both a satire on women’s education and the misogynistic views of it prevalent in the Victorian Era. The Savoyards have set this production in the era of the Robber Barons of the late 1800’s and, specifically, at Wells College. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1040122.mp3

Chenango River Theatre presents "The Velocity of Autumn"

Actor Suzan Perry talks about her role in the comedy The Velocity of Autumn which opens this season of the Chenango River Theatre. It’s a two-person play about a son who arrives to take his elderly mother to a retirement home and finds her, not only resistant to the idea, but surrounded by Molotov cocktails, ready to blow up both of them and the house. The Velocity of Autumn runs through June 14th at the Chenango River Theatre, Greene, NY.

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players presents "The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd"

Director Keith Nichols and the actor playing Cocky, Micah Neiss, talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd.   It’s not a standard “book” musical, but an allegory played out on a game board. The musical takes a look at the differences between the upper and lower classes of British society in the 1960s. The show is filled with songs that have become standards, including “Who Can I Turn To?,” “Feeling Good,” and “The Joker.” https://youtu.be/pulEa0cfNcw

The show runs through June 14th at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego.

Cider Mill Playhouse presents Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods"

Perry Davis Harper (Cinderella’s Prince and Wolf) and Andrew Simek (Rapunzel’s Prince) speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Cider Mill Playhouse’s production of Into the Woods. The musical is a mash-up of several fairy tales: Rapunzel, Cinderealla, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood (with references to Sleeping Beauty and Snow White), with the characters unified by another new fairy tale, The Baker and his Wife.  Everything ends happily ever after at the end of Act I, but then comes Act II… http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1036682.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera presents "Speed Dating Tonight"

Speed Dating Tonight is a new opera by Michael Ching.  It’s a humorous and sometimes moving take on the phenomenon, taking a look at some of the characters and their motivations. It’s also a work that can be re-arranged to fit the cast available, even changing genders of some of the characters. David Toulson directs the production, performed at the Tri-Cities Opera Center.  

 

Photograph Courtesy Tri-Cities Opera

Tri-Cities Opera presents Gounod's "Faust"

Stage Director Martha Collins and Coordinator of Marketing and Events John Rozzoni speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Charles Gounod’s opera Faust.  Based on the play by Goethe, it’s the timeless tale of an elderly scientist who sells his soul to the devil, the charmingly deceitful Mephistopheles, in exchange for youth and love.  Martha Collins started out as an opera singer — she can be seen in the Cher-Nicholas film Moonstruck as singing the role of Mimi in the production of La Boheme that the couple attends — but finds directing much more fun.  

 

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Southern Tier Actors Read perform Chekov's "Uncle Vanya"

Director Bernie Sheredy speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about directing Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. Sheredy has found a translation of this classic play that he feels captures the spirit of the original. “Vanya is one of the most — I think — fully realized of his comedic masterpieces. It’s certainly my favorite. And to have a chance to work on it, even in just a reading, though as a reading it’s incredibly challenging, because Vanya’s a stretch for any actor.”

The Homecoming Players of Ithaca present Peter Shaffer's comedy "Lettice and Lovage"

Director George Sapio speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Homecoming Players’ presentation of Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer.  Shaffer is best known for his psychological dramas such as Equus and Amadeus, but Lettice and Lovage is a comedy that he wrote especially for Maggie Smith.  Lettice is a larger-than-life character whose flights of fancy displease the authorities.  But she has a way of making her enemies into co-conspirators. George Sapio: “The part is written for an actress of great talent and great dramtic reach…She’s actually a tour guide at the dullest house in England.”  

Performances are at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1039689.mp3

 

 

Photograph Courtesy Anguskirk via Flickr

April 16, 2015 | World premiere by the Binghamton Philharmonic; Cider Mill Playhouse presents Stage Kiss

Composer Loren Loiacono talks about her new cello concerto on the program of the Cornell Chamber Orchestra’s concert this weekend. Composer Behzad Ranjbaran speaks with Crystal Sarakas about his work, Esther, to be premiered by the Binghamton Philharmonic. The Cider Mill Playhouse presents Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss.  We hear from director Emily Jackson.  

 

March 12, 2015 | The Gin Game; author Deborah Blake; Romancing Spain

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present The Gin Game. 

Oneonta author Deborah Blake talks about the new book in her Baba Yaga series. We hear an excerpt from Romancing Spain by Lamar Herrin read by David Romm at last November’s Ithaca Out Loud event. Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher gives us a look at what is coming up this weekend.

February 26, 2015 | Homecoming Players of Ithaca; singer-songwriter Jesse Terry; Binghamton University Theater

The Homecoming Players of Ithaca perform a prize-winning comedy from Canada. Singer-songwriter Jesse Terry performs at 6 On The Square in Oxford. Binghamton University Theater Department presents a modern take on Chekov’s The Seagull, but we can’t say the title on the air!  

 

February 19, 2015 | Cassie and Maggie MacDonald; Endicott Performing Arts Center; mezzo Julia Grella O'Connel and Pej Reitz

SUNY-Broome professors, mezzo Julia Grella O’Connell and pianist Pej Reitz perform songs about childhood. Nova Scotia natives Cassie and Maggie MacDonald perform at 6 on the Square. EPAC’s dance group, DANCE STORIES, presents “Shapes”. Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher tells us what else is coming up this weekend.

February 5, 2015 | Gilbert & Sullivan Players; Bill Cowdery; Marc Lawrence talks about The Rewrite

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players bring their revue, A Little Twist, to Geneva. Bill Cowdery talks about romance and lawsuits in the early days of Cornell University set to music in the operetta Jennie’s Will. Binghamton University alumnus Marc Lawrence talks about his film The Rewrite, which has a screening at the Anderson Center this weekend, and about teaching Hugh Grant how to say “Binghamton.” https://youtu.be/WhEVfpHH9Vk

January 22, 2015 | Little Delaware Youth Ensemble; Paul Schleuse; Bag 'Bones (the Sultana musical)

Michael Hanbridge talks about the upcoming performances by the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble that is currently celebrating 15 years of making music. Jeff Stachyra and Laura Cunningham have written a musical about the disaster of the steamboat Sultana. They speak about the history of the Sultana and about the musical, Bag O’ Bones, which is coming to the Bundy Museum. Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse continues his remarks about his book Singing Games in Early Modern Italy which will be published in the spring.

January 15, 2015 | Jersey Boys; Theatron Productions; Haydn's Seven Last Words

Theatron Productions presents their first performance, a cabaret of show tunes from musicals that weren’t big hits. Crystal Sarakas speaks with a cast member of the touring company of the musical Jersey Boys. Conductor Gerald Wolfe talks about the winter concert of the Ithaca Community Chorus that features Haydn’s Seven Last Words. Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse has written a book about music from the early days of the printing press.  We hear part one of Bill Snyder’s interview with him.

"It's a Wonderful Life" on WSKG Radio

Larry Kassan speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life airing at 7pm on Christmas Eve on WSKG Radio.  Students of the Rod Serling School of the Arts perform a radio play version of the famous film, along with “foley artists” supplying the sound effects. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037932.mp3

 

Photograph courtesy Larry Kassan.  

Southern Tier Actors Read presents a Patriotic Radio Show for Veterans Day

Judy McMahon speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Southern Tier Actors Read and their celebration of Veterans Day — and some upcoming performances. Directors Judy McMahon and Kate Murray have delved into radio archives to recreate a radio show from World War II, with  a behind- the- scenes look at the production of these radio programs, including specially created sound effects. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037279.mp3

Photograph courtesy STAR

Cider Mill Playhouse presents "One Slight Hitch"

Ben Williamson talks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Cider Mill Playhouse production of Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch.  Black is best known as a stand-up comedian who has described his style of  humor as “being on the Titanic every single day and being the only person who knows what is going to happen.” But his play, full of eccentric characters and frenetic situations, is surprisingly gentle. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037244.mp3

 

Photograph Courtesy Cider Mill Playhouse

Binghamton University Theatre presents "A Chorus Line"

Director Elizabeth Mozer and actress Zarina Latypova speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton University production of A Chorus Line. Mozer explains that casting a college production of show that demands acting and singing in addition to the required dancing is a challenging task, but that the students have met the challenge. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037232.mp3

 

Photograph courtesy of Binghamton University

October 9, 2014 | Church Basement Ladies; author Joshua Palmatier; Binghamton University Theater

The director of Church Basement Ladies at the Carousel Playhouse talks about the play and how she grew up with these ladies. Fantasy author Joshua Palmatier talks about starting his own press. Binghamton University Theater Department takes on a British farce. We hear from the director and one of the actors. We also have a preview of the weekend’s coming performances.

The Chenango River Theatre presents a new play, "Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown"

Actor Andrew Criss speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the new play Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown, being performed by the Chenango River Theatre. Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham’ s play is based on a real-life historical figure and the the young reporter who discovers more about Hart than he is comfortable knowing. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1036680.mp3

Photograph courtesy Chenango River Theatre

September 25, 2014 | Rod Serling Video Festival winner update; Manhattan Transfer performs this weekend

Readers’ Theatre of Ithaca is presenting Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51. We hear from the playwright who dramatized this historical event. Crystal Sarakas speaks with members of the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier about their tour of mid-20th Century Homes. Bill Snyder speaks with two-time winner of the Rod Serling Video Festival, Zach Mulligan, who is now pursuing his studies in film-making, and Larry Kasson of the Festival tells about the First Friday event in the Forum. The Corning Civic Music Association presents Manhattan Transfer on Saturday, September 27th.

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present "Frost/Nixon"

Director James Osborne speaks with WSKG’s Sam Goodyear about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of Frost/Nixon. Peter Morgan’s play pits the disgraced former president against the light-weight entertainment interviewer.  One is trying to redeem his image; the other is trying to maintain his playboy lifestyle. Only one can succeed. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1036498.mp3

 

Photograph courtesy stevendepolo via Flickr

September 18, 2014 | RoberCon; Artist Lynn Capani-Czebiniak; Know Theatre performs 'Vieux Carre'; Rachel Lampert talks about the new season at Kitchen Theatre

Today’s guests:

Jason Fiume from the Roberson Museum and Science Center talks about the upcoming RoberCon SciFi Convention, expanded this year because of last year’s unexpected success. Artist Lynn Capani-Czebiniak talks about how her art ideas spring from her dreams.

Know Theatre is taking their production of Tennessee Williams’ VIEUX CARRE to the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival.  Tim Gleason and Amanda Marsico join Crystal Sarakas to talk about their last weekend of the play in Binghamton and their upcoming trip. Rachel Lampert talks with Bill Snyder about the Kitchen Theatre’s new season.

From a Turkey Farm to Glimmerglass

Just north of the busy streets of Cooperstown stands the world-class opera house Glimmerglass Festival.  Behind Glimmerglass curtains unfolds the extraordinary story of a committed community of musicians, artists, educators and performers, whose efforts helped transform a turkey farm into one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world.  The opera presents an annual season along the banks of the magnificent Otsego Lake, which contributes to an unforgettable experience, not only brought by the music emanating from its concert hall, but also by the breathtaking beauty of its surroundings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PCNNKlbRlA
In this segment of Arts and Culture Shorts, WSKG’s Tina Reinhard interviews Glimmerglass Artistic Director Francesca Zambello who explains the reasons behind its diversity in programming.

Chenango River Theatre presents the comedy "Heroes"

Actors Bernie Sheredy, Bill Gorman, and Jim Wicker speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the comedy Heroes, which opens on August 22nd at the Chenango River Theatre.  The play is  Tom Stoppard’s translation of the French play Le Vent Des Peupliers by Gérald Sibleyras. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1035690.mp3

 

Photograph Dan McKay via Flickr

S.T.A.R presents "The Farnsworth Invention" at the Cider Mill Playhouse

Director Judy McMahon and actors Andy Horowitz and Nick De Lucia speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the staged reading of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention coming to the Cider Mill Playhouse.  It was originally meant as a screenplay about the interactions between Philo T. Farnsworth and RCA president David Sarnoff, who stole Farnsworth’s invention. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1035448.mp3

 

Photograph provided by S.T.A.R.

The Belleayre Music Festival presents Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor"

Artistic Director Donald Westwood speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Belleayre Music Festival.  It’s his third production with the Festival for the Michigan-based director. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1035375.mp3

Photograph courtesy Dave Connor via Flickr

Franklin Stage Company presents Moliere's "Tartuffe"

Carmela Marner of Franklin Stage Company speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the new production of Moliere’s Tartuffe in a translation by Richard Wilbur. The Franklin Stage Company performs  a season of plays each summer with admission offered only a voluntary basis, in Chapel Hall the in Franklin, NY. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1035373.mp3

 

Photograph Courtesy Jade Goodrich

 

The Summer Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe" in a re-vamped style

WSKG’s Sam Goodyear speaks with Mary Donnelly, Kate Murray, and Jim Mica about the Summer Savoyards’ production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe — Re-Vamped.  In Celtic literature fairies were not cut from the same cloth as Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather, but rather more like the vampires of popular culture.  This production satirizes both the current crop of vampires and politics at the same time. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1035327.mp3

 

 

Photo courtesy michael_d_beckwith via Flickr

Sayre Theater 100th Birthday!

In 1988, The Bradford County Regional Arts Council began the task of renovating of Bradford County historic Kingstone, The Rialto and The Sayre Theater. In 2014, The Sayre Theater celebrated its 100th birthday by holding an old-fashioned picnic which was filled with colorful charaters from the area, such as artists and performers and people who joint in to have a good time with family and friends.  Initially set as a movie theater, the Sayre was owed and operated by Bob Noon.  In the three-minute segment, WSKG’s producer Christine Lantz brings the story of Bob’s son, Mike Noon, who reflects on the golden years of the area, as well as shares some of his memories of growing up right next to the theater. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUD-IyHy4Kw

 

Peter Serko presents "My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" at the Cider Mill Playhouse

Peter Serko presents his multi-media one-man show about his brother David at the Cider Mill Playhouse.  The David Serko Project began as a play called “My Brother is Dead and Other Funny Stories” but grew as Peter began to track down people who knew David. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1035089.mp3

Photograph courtesy Peter Serko

Spare Productions presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Tony DeLousia and Brian Ives speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Spare Production’s presentation of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone.  It’s a musical within a musical about a reclusive Broadway show fan who plays a record of his favorite 1920’s musical, and the audience sees it though his eyes. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1034893.mp3

 

Photography Courtesy thephotographymuse via Flickr

"Another Happy Ending" at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

Santino DeAngelo speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the reading of his musical Another Happy Ending.  DeAngelo has been working on his musical for a few years now, and it’s in the workshopping stage.  Songs have been written, tossed out, revised, and restored as the musical is shaped. And having an audience hear it is important. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1034430.mp3

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"The Human Voice" is heard at Franklin Stage Company

Carmela Marner and Barbara Paterson speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Francis Poulenc’s one-woman opera which opens the Franklin Stage season. Poulenc based the opera on a play by Jean Cocteau, and worked closely with Cocteau and the soprano Denise Duval while composing it.  It depicts the last conversation a woman has with her lover, who now loves someone else.  

 

 

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"Unnecessary Farce" opens the Chenango River Theatre season

Cast members of Paul Slade Smith’s Unnecessary Farce opens the season at Chenango River Theatre.  Cast members Hayley Zale, Brendan Cullen, and Katie Lamark speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about this play which has been described as “Law and Order if the Marx Brothers took over”.  Two cops, three crooks, eight doors.  GO! http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1033908.mp3

 

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Roberson and Presentarts present "Women Who Tamed the West"

WSKG’s Sam Goodyear speaks with Writer and Director Judith Present and Performer Carolyn Christy-Boyden about the upcoming presentation of Women Who Tamed the West, an original production by Present. Performances are in the Roberson Museum and Science Center and feature performances by local actress based on real-life women. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1033785.mp3

 

Photograph Courtesy David Kingham via Flickr