Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy “It’s Only a Play” is performed at Cider Mill Stage. We hear from Kate Murray and Rob Egan of the production company BLAST about their new theatrical venture and this irreverent comedy about opening night jitters that opens the BLAST season.
The historic Phelps Mansion in Binghamton becomes the set for an immersive production of Shakespeare’s sprawling tragedy ‘Hamlet’. Director and actor Chris Nickerson joins us to talk about this condensed version of the play, and how the Phelps Mansion provides a set that could never be replicated on stage.
Greene’s Chenango River Theatre presents Noel Coward’s timeless comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ August 18 through September 10, with a talk-back after the August 25 performance. “To research a new book he’s writing, Charles invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance. The disbelieving Charles is shocked when the séance unleashes the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent temptress Elvira. Both worldly and unworldly personalities clash in one of the most refreshing “menages a trois” in modern theatre as Charles’ current wife Ruth battles Elvira for her husband’s attention. ”
Jennifer Terrell, playing Ruth, and Eliza Shea, playing Elvira, join us to talk about this hilarious play. And we were pleased to say hello to Eliza’s parents who were listening in London. http://wskg.org/audio/blithe.mp3
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
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
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
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
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
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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