'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

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

 

Photo credit: Spare Productions

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Photograph Courtesy C@rljones via Flickr

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.”

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

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.

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