12 episodes

In Don’t Talk to Strangers, I’ve convinced my friends to come to my big garage and let me ask them questions about the really cool things they do and how they approach their professional/creative lives like a craft. I’ve interviewed writers, singer-songwriters, chefs, actors, lawyers, and an assortment of people I’m lucky to call my friends.

Don't Talk to Strangers Podcast Tyler JC Whidden

    • Comedy
    • 5.0, 5 Ratings

In Don’t Talk to Strangers, I’ve convinced my friends to come to my big garage and let me ask them questions about the really cool things they do and how they approach their professional/creative lives like a craft. I’ve interviewed writers, singer-songwriters, chefs, actors, lawyers, and an assortment of people I’m lucky to call my friends.

    0204 One Impossible Thing w/ Playwright Rachel Bykowski

    0204 One Impossible Thing w/ Playwright Rachel Bykowski

    In this episode of DT2S, I talk with friend and playwright Rachel Bykowski. We discuss her recent success with several of her plays getting readings and productions around the US, feminism in art, her process for writing, and how she undertook the #100submissions attempt. Rachel and I became friends in graduate school at OU where she wowed us with her talent and her love of shoes. In fact, my 2yo is obsessed with shoes and I can't help but give a nod to Rach.
    We also talk a lot about her use of #NewPlayExchange and what playwrights she follows like Rachel Bublitz, Chloe Hung, and Diana Burbano.
    You can find Rachel and many of her plays on New Play Exchange.
    You may follow her on the Twitter at @RachB713
    And you can visit her site at RachelBykowskiPlays.com
    You can follow me at @TylerWhidden
    Music by Roger Hoover
     

    • 1 hr 49 min
    0203 Dead Baby Plays w/ Playwright David Hansen

    0203 Dead Baby Plays w/ Playwright David Hansen

    For this episode, I talk with Cleveland playwright David Hansen. We discuss a lot of Shakespeare, directing, the New Play Exchange, toy porn, advice for playwrights, and how we're not savvy enough to be YouTube Famous.
    I will be directing David's new play "The Way I Danced With You" opening March 21, 2019 at Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland.
    You can follow David Hansen on the Twitter at @dhansenx
    You can follow me at @tylerwhidden
    Music by Roger Hoover  
    @theRogerHoover
     

    • 2 hr 13 min
    0202 F*ck You Money w/ Actor Jeffrey Grover

    0202 F*ck You Money w/ Actor Jeffrey Grover

    We're back! I sit down with Cleveland/NYC actor Jeffrey Grover about a million years ago. The day before he came over, Jeffrey just closed his run as Roy Cohn in Ensemble Theatre's productions of both parts of "Angels in America." He's been in a lot of great productions here in Cleveland as well as roles in several big-budget films, and I try to talk him into giving fewer f***s.
    We talk hocking paper products, finding work as an actor, and working with Amy Schumer on "I Feel Pretty" and Don Cheadle on "Miles Ahead."
    Also, I encourage two squirrels to kill themselves in my garage.
    Here is a link to the scene from "Miles Ahead" that Jeffrey talks about.
    You can follow Jeffrey on Twitter at @Masonhead2014
    You can follow me at @TylerWhidden
    Music by Roger Hoover

    • 1 hr 34 min
    0201 Gettin Trasshhyyyy w/ Playwright Catherine Weingarten

    0201 Gettin Trasshhyyyy w/ Playwright Catherine Weingarten

    For the Season Two premier of #DT2S, I snuck into a bathroom in Michigan (sans microphone) to speak with my good friend and playwright Catherine Weingarten. Cat's new play, A Roller Rink Temptation, closes this weekend at the WOW Cafe with The Dare Tactic Theatre Company in NYC. Schmancy. Tickets at http://thedaretactic.org/
    Cat and I talk about her process of writing her plays, growing up in a "Jew-friendly" part of Philadelphia, her campaign to get Facebook to drop the "fat" emotion, and adapting Boccaccio's The Decameron.
    You can follow Cat on the Twitter at @SarahKaneissexy
    You can follow me at @TylerWhidden
    Music by Roger Hoover

    • 1 hr 2 min
    0108 Tom Hanks Was in "Splash" w/ Actor David Vegh

    0108 Tom Hanks Was in "Splash" w/ Actor David Vegh

    In the Season One finale of DT2S, I talk with Cleveland actor David Vegh about how he grew up as Kevin Bacon in Footloose, the one book I would like to have on a deserted island & why, working with Tom Hanks and that guy from Cheers on Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, and how he nearly Wile E. Coyoted himself out of appearing in House. David has been on stage with Ensemble Theatre a few times here in Cleveland and now teaches at Case Western University. He's directing the upcoming production of Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play for Case opening November 10th.
    @tylerwhidden

    • 1 hr 25 min
    0107 Moaning Shakespeare w/ Actress Lara Mielcarek

    0107 Moaning Shakespeare w/ Actress Lara Mielcarek

    This week on #DT2S, I talk with Shakespearean actress Lara Mielcarek who is currently starring in Ensemble Theatre's production of Lisa Kron's Well. Lara got into Bob Dylan at an early age, and her appreciation for words led her to theater. After stints in LA and NYC, she moved to Cleveland and began working with Ohio Shakespeare Festival. She teaches the Bard to inmates of a local rehabilitation center and made me almost want to see a Shakespeare production. For more information:
    EnsembleTheatreCLE.org
    OhioShakespeareFestival.com
    @TylerWhidden

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

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McBeeze ,

Awesome!

This has become one of my top 5 go to podcasts! Great, open, honest and fun conversations on varying topics. A breath of fresh air in the podcast world that has started to get stale.

Mheid ,

Great Podcast!

This is a fun podcast to listen to. Tyler Whidden asks great questions and gets to the core of whatever he is talking about. Definitely recommend!

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