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We've created this podcast series to let you in on the conversation between creators on the front lines of new works for the stage. Produced in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, as part of Ashland New Plays Festival, the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast is your new ticket to the theatre. Listen to recordings of compelling new plays by award-winning playwrights performed by world-class actors as well as engaging conversations between theatre artists. You'll discover something new through the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast. Start listening today!

ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast Ashland New Plays Festival

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

We've created this podcast series to let you in on the conversation between creators on the front lines of new works for the stage. Produced in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, as part of Ashland New Plays Festival, the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast is your new ticket to the theatre. Listen to recordings of compelling new plays by award-winning playwrights performed by world-class actors as well as engaging conversations between theatre artists. You'll discover something new through the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast. Start listening today!

    Play4Keeps Podcast | Creating the World We Want to See: A Conversation with Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden

    Play4Keeps Podcast | Creating the World We Want to See: A Conversation with Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden

    Art, race, activism, smoothie diets, and the future of American theatre. There’s lots on the table in this conversation between friends and multi-hyphenate theatremakers Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden. They get personal, from discussing their experiences as Black men and artists, to making each other laugh and appreciating how they balance one another. They also talk about the work they’re doing to amplify Black stories, like with the activist theatre organization Reginald founded, the Black Lives, Black Words International Project.

    Reginald Edmund is the founder and managing curating producer for Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political black writers from the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do black lives matter today?” In addition, he is a resident playwright at Tamasha Theatre in London, England; an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre; an artistic associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago; and an artistic patriot at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also a 2010-11 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center.



    You can listen to his play SOUTHBRIDGE on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast today: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/southbridge/

    Kyle Haden is now in his sixth season as artistic director of ANPF as well as an Equity actor, director, and assistant professor of acting at Carnegie Mellon University. On stage, Kyle has performed at regional theatres nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more. He most recently performed in the world premiere of We Are Among Us at City Theatre. As a director, Kyle was named a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow, and has directed various productions across the country, including the world premiere of Hazardous Materials (ANPF 2016) at Creede Repertory Theatre. He is also a Senior Coordinating Producer with Black Lives, Black Words International Project.

    • 52 min
    Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SOUTHBRIDGE by Reginald Edmund

    Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SOUTHBRIDGE by Reginald Edmund

    Reginald Edmund | In SOUTHBRIDGE, a white widow has been assaulted and an angry mob is at the jailhouse door demanding the sheriff lynch the accused. The only way to untangle the truth is for the accused, a young Black man called Stranger, to relive the events that led him to the hangman's tree in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1881. Based on historical events, it is the second play in Reginald Edmund's nine-play City of the Bayou Collection.



    Featuring the cast of Chris Butler, TaiReikca L.A., Cedric Lamar, Nubia Monks, Annie Paul, and James Ryen.



    SOUTHBRIDGE was was winner of the 2010 Southern Playwrights’ Competition, the 2013 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play, and the 2013 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, as well as runner-up for the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks National Playwriting Awards in 2009.



    Reginald Edmund is currently the founder and managing curating producer for Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political Black writers from the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do Black lives matter today?” In addition, he is a resident playwright at Tamasha Theatre in London, England; an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre; an artistic associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago; and an artistic patriot at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also a 2010-11 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. He received his BFA in theatre performance from Texas Southern University and his MFA in playwriting from Ohio University.



    His nine-play series titled The City of the Bayou Collection includes SOUTHBRIDGE, JUNETEENTH STREET, THE LAS CADILLAC, and ALL THE DYING VOICES, which were developed at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago, Deluxe Theatre, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Bush Theatre (UK), Boston Court @ Theatre, the Landing Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, and The National Theatre (UK).



    Learn more here: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/southbridge/

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Play4Keeps Podcast | Cultivate Your Voice: A Conversation with Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas

    Play4Keeps Podcast | Cultivate Your Voice: A Conversation with Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas

    Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas speak to the moment and are as vulnerable and open in this conversation as they are on the page. Their talk weaves through their history of working together, their passion for promoting and advocating for theater artists of color, and how they cultivated their own voices. They also share how they got their start in theater and what advice they’d give to their younger selves:

    “Continue to do your own work. Don’t try to make work in order to please or try to get the attention of the gatekeepers or the major producers. Yes, it’s important at some point, but at the end of the day it’s more important to cultivate your voice and cultivate your tribe, to be your champions, so that you can bring them along with you once you get that opportunity.”

    Listen to SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast, featuring Anthony Heald, Nancy Rodriguez, and Gabriel Michael Goodfriend: https://play4keeps.org/play/silueta/



    And tune in to Tlaloc’s Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour on HowlRound. Diana will be a guest on June 5. The show is live-streamed on Zoom weekly and features amazing writers and theatre-makers from across the U.S. Learn more and register here: https://howlround.com/happenings/livestreaming-latinx-superfriends-playwriting-hour-diana-burbano

    Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s plays focus on female protagonists and social issues. She is one of the original members of the writers circle for Latino Theatre Association/ Los Angeles and is also a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. As an actor she originated the roles of Ama de Casa in the Spanish version of Menopause the Musical; Thumb in Imagine; and Ana Guerrero in Jose Cruz Gonzales’ Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy at South Coast Repertory. She was in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Latinx Play Project 2016; the Center Theatre group’s 2018-19 Writers Workshop; and is under commission by Alternative Theatre Ensemble.

    Tlaloc Rivas is a writer, director, and theatre-maker who creates, develops and directs new plays focusing on the complexity, diversity and history of Latinx people in the U.S. and abroad. He also directs bilingual plays, classical and contemporary pieces, and new work by some of America’s most exciting writers. Tlaloc is a core founding member of the Latinx Theatre Commons and of its online platform, Café Onda. As former Co-Chair of the LTC’s National Steering Committee, he helped organize the largest gathering of Latinx artists in 25 years at Emerson College, Boston. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

    Ashland New Plays Festival’s Play4Keeps Podcast is produced in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

    • 57 min
    Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton

    Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton

    Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, Tom Shelton | SILUETA is a two-person play inspired by the true story of Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-American performance artist and sculptor, whose life ended in a harrowing 34-story fall from the SoHo apartment she shared with her husband, Minimalist sculptor, Carl Andre. Ana, 36 at the time of her death in 1985, was a rising star in the SoHo art scene, known for her signature siluetas–provocative impressions of her naked body in blood, earth, fire and and other manifestations of nature. Carl, already famous as a founding father of geometric, building-block Minimalism, was past the peak of his career. It was a marriage of opposing artistic temperaments, fueled by ferocious ego and ambition on the part of both. Due to the emotional violence of their relationship and Carlʼs enigmatic behavior following Anaʼs death, he was accused and tried for her murder. Although Carl was eventually acquitted, the incident polarized the art world and became a cause célèbre for feminists, many of whom still believe in Carlʼs guilt. Although there is much speculation about what actually happened that terrible night, only Carl, now an old man still living in that same 34th-floor apartment, really knows. Or does he? Silueta imagines an elderly Carl, desperate to recover artistic potency, but blocked by a past he is unwilling to remember and face. He is haunted by the passionately ʻrealʼ ghost of Ana, equally desperate to discover the truth of her death and, more important, the truth of her life and Carlʼs love.



    Our audio performance features Nancy Rodriguez as Ana, Anthony Heald as Carl, and Michael Gabriel Goodfriend reading stage directions.



    Learn more about the playwrights and the play on our website: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/silueta/



    The ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Play4Keeps Podcast | Cherishing Time: A Conversation with Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo

    Play4Keeps Podcast | Cherishing Time: A Conversation with Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo

    Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo check in with each other from their respective coasts. They share what they’re doing during self-isolation: Joe’s practicing a new language as well as guitar and Lauren’s taking a break from her all-work regimen to enjoy time with loved ones. They ask: “Do weekends even matter anymore?” and “What comes next?” They share their hopes for live theater experiences becoming more treasured post-quarantine and their worries for small theaters surviving to the other side. “People will need a place to put their feelings,” says Joe, “A place to allow themselves to be challenged and at the same time say it’s okay.”

    Lauren Yee is an award-winning playwright from San Francisco and was named by American Theatre Magazine as the second most-produced playwright in the country last year. Her recent top honors include the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Doris Duke Artist Award, and a residency with New York’s Signature Theatre. Her play KING OF THE YEES was a winner at Ashland New Plays Festival’s 2016 Women’s Invitational. Her most recent play CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND was one of the top-ten produced plays in the country over the past year.

    CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND is an intimate rock epic that tells the story of a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide that features music by Dengue Fever, a contemporary band inspired by Cambodian rock bands of the 60s and 70s. An original cast recording of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND from the Signature Theatre will be available online starting May 8.

    Joe Ngo is a writer, actor and musician based in New York City. He most recently starred in and reprised the role of Chum in the NYC Off-Broadway premiere of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre. He was part of the cast for the original workshop of the play, as well as its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and its season-long run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2019.

    Ashland New Plays Festival’s Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Play4Keeps Podcast | Singing Our Song: A Conversation with Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker

    Play4Keeps Podcast | Singing Our Song: A Conversation with Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker

     

    Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker join us on the podcast today for a conversation that brings connection and catharsis. They put our feelings into words and deftly share what they’re experiencing and thinking about during this pandemic. Listen as they talk about the power of championing other playwrights, finding inspiration in shorter projects, being okay with not meeting old benchmarks, and accepting help from those who want to give it. What’s your coping mechanism during this time? What advice would you want to give yourself a week from now?

    Nate Eppler is a playwright and new play advocate currently serving as Director of the Ingram New Works Project and Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. He was a winner at ANPF 2018 for his play Primary User, which is scheduled to receive its world premiere this summer at the San Francisco Playhouse. It will also be part of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2020-2021 season.

    Stephanie Alison Walker is a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays are known for mining humor in darkness, personalizing the political, and exploring the strength of women. She is a two-time ANPF winning playwright for 2016’s The Madres and 2018’s The Abuelas. Both plays received their world premieres at Chicago’s Teatro Vista.

    As mentioned in the conversation, here is the list created by Stephanie and playwright Donna Hoke to help promote and support playwrights whose work was postponed or cancelled during the pandemic:

    https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1VN4TJDHbBIjgdW1r0_CkeJq2lzY0MI2nQO1F_tOTSis/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR3rwKjDtH5-2TXcbC2BEMeUH64Dqpl6f_zUOYJ7mpMNOe0TGtN1ED8ERNo

     

    Ashland New Plays Festival’s Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

     

    • 1 hr 7 min

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