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.

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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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.

'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

 

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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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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.”

'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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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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‘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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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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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.

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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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

 

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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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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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