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It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets “The Nerdist Podcast” but with people even less well known! Sure it's fun to interview the crazy famous and ask them about the difficult years, but that's been done and they won't return our calls. Memories are plastic - we're getting the real dirt from people still crawling through it. Laura Force Scruggs is the playwright and Jake Scruggs is the technical guy who listens to a lot of “This American Life” and thinks that qualifies him to interview people.

Are You Famous, Yet? Jake and Laura Scruggs

    • Performing Arts

It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets “The Nerdist Podcast” but with people even less well known! Sure it's fun to interview the crazy famous and ask them about the difficult years, but that's been done and they won't return our calls. Memories are plastic - we're getting the real dirt from people still crawling through it. Laura Force Scruggs is the playwright and Jake Scruggs is the technical guy who listens to a lot of “This American Life” and thinks that qualifies him to interview people.

    The Truth and the End - Episode 236

    The Truth and the End - Episode 236

    We discuss our low numbers and cost/benefit ratio. Download numbers are revealed. Laura and Jake talk about stopping regular production of the podcast. As is fitting, the sound would not work (curse you dongles) so we are using a MacPro mic and it sounds as bad as you'd expect.
    See https://jakescruggs.com/blog/2019/01/01/the-truth-about-my-podcast for the data we discuss.
    Stay subscribed if you like: We may do updates of our lives as events progress.
    Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?" - Laura Scruggs. Outro Music: "AYFY 1" - Christopher Kriz

    • 32 min
    Lauren Sowa of Form & Pressure Films - Episode 235

    Lauren Sowa of Form & Pressure Films - Episode 235

    Bryn W Packard and Nilsa Reyna join us from New York City, update us on their lives, and introduce us to Lauren Sowa.
    Lauren Sowa is an actor and independent filmmaker. In 2016, she co-founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. Their first film, Marisol, is currently beginning its festival journey. As an actor, Lauren has been featured in the films Café Artist, The Devil’s Well, 42 Seconds of Happiness, which won multiple awards on the festival circuit and is now available on Amazon Prime, and The Rainbow Experiment, which premiered at Slamdance and was just picked up for distribution. She is on the board of NYC Women Filmmakers, an organization in the city devoted to cultivating the careers of women filmmakers through education and community. Her interview series Women in Film Portraits can be found on Instagram. Lauren received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA. 
    Links:
    Website - https://www.laurensowa.com/
    Form & Pressure Films - http://formandpressurefilms.com/
    Women in Film Portraits - http://independent-magazine.org/authors/lauren-sowa/
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    Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?" - Laura Scruggs. Outro Music: "AYFY 1" - Christopher Kriz

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Cabaret on the Lake September 14th, 2018 - Episode 234

    Cabaret on the Lake September 14th, 2018 - Episode 234

    This week's episode is the audio of the Friday September 14th, 2018 Three Cat Theater's Cabaret on the Lake hosted by Rob Dorn and produced by Laura Force-Scruggs. The performers were: Judy Parker (Storyteller), Matthew Lee Amyx (Storyteller), Danii Gallegos (Comedian), Bob Lawrence (Author/Reader), and Willa Moore (Musician/Poet). Willa Moore's guitar wasn't behaving so she asked us not to record her but gave us two recorded songs to insert.
    As always the Berger Park Cultural Center was wonderful to inhabit and the staff helpful. There is video of this event (along with 2 videos that Willa Moore provided) online here: https://youtu.be/Hz1Yokz3Pcg
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    Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?" - Laura Scruggs. Outro Music: "AYFY 1" - Christopher Kriz

    • 59 min
    Daniela Thome's Journey to "Not For Sale" - episode 233

    Daniela Thome's Journey to "Not For Sale" - episode 233

    Daniela Thome is an actor, and recently writer, who has traveled from New York city for just a few months to be a part of the play "Not For Sale" which just recently opened and is Jeff Recommended. She's acted in Fru Mary, The Surprise , The Addicts, Elvira, One Minute Play Festival, Patience, Fortitude, & Other Antidepresants, Three Sisters, Cinderella, Life Without Joey, In The Shadow, and Oh de Sea! And that's just the theater. She has been in the films: God I Miss You, Fat Guy, Saudade?, and Hispanacea.
    Not For Sale
    By Guadalis Del Carmen, Directed by Sara Carranza
    http://urbantheaterchicago.org/not-for-sale
    Produced by Urban Theater Company in Chicago
    9/18- 10/20 2018
    Part of Destinos Festival
    http://www.clata.org/destinos-main
     
    A bunch of links to things we discussed in the podcast:
    Childrens Theater of Madison CTM - https://ctmtheater.org/
    Maduka Steady - https://vimeo.com/51212982
    Young Shakespeare Players - http://www.youngshakespeareplayers.org/
    West High School, in Madison WI - https://www.facebook.com/WestHighDrama1/
    Jay Hoggard - http://jayhoggard.com/
    https://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/faculty/jhoggard/profile.html
    AmeriCorps -https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
    Northwestern University Settlement House - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwestern_University_Settlement_House
     The Three Arts Club - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Arts_Club_of_Chicago
     Janet Bentley - https://newplayexchange.org/users/1319/janet-bentley
    Dreamwell Theatre
    https://www.dreamwell.com/
    The Young Lords - http://www.youngpatriots-rainbowcoalition.org/ylo-introduction/
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    Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?" - Laura Scruggs. Outro Music: "AYFY 1" - Christopher Kriz

    • 1 hr 1 min
    David A. Holcombe and "Blacksite: The Musical!" - Episode 232

    David A. Holcombe and "Blacksite: The Musical!" - Episode 232

    David Holcombe returns for his 3rd appearance and updates us about projects that were just a gleam in his eye when we last talked... For instance: The 3 part "Anthropology Anthology" is now finished and plans are in the works to release it as a single unit. A big part of the discussion is about "Blacksite: The Musical!" A musical that David has filmed but not finished because he needs your help to finish production. There's an IndieGoGo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/blacksite-the-musical#/ that only has 3 days left so please go there now if you'd like to help make this musical. The film is about an illegal detention/interrogation building run by the Chicago police with no accountability. The Guardian released a series of articles detailing the crimes committed by the Chicago police force a few years ago - they can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/homan-square
    http://daholcombe.com
    http://www.softcagefilms.com
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/blacksite-the-musical#/
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    Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?" - Laura Scruggs. Outro Music: "AYFY 1" - Christopher Kriz

    • 53 min
    Thom Britton and Jonathan Pritchard Play with the Dead - Episode 231

    Thom Britton and Jonathan Pritchard Play with the Dead - Episode 231

    Thom Britton and Jonathan Pritchard join us to discuss "The Seance" which is best described by this quote from their recent press release:
    A 'spook-house' show for the smart set; The Seance is an original stage show that recreates an authentic Victorian-era seance. We will investigate the history of the seance, tell stories of the participants and demonstrate the exact techniques used by psychics and mediums who claimed to contact the dead. You will learn exactly how a seance was performed in a theatrical environment.
    "The Seance" is playing Oct. 13 at the Prop Theater in Chicago and in Detroit's  Hilton Garden Inn Southfield on Oct. 19 & Oct. 20th. Their website is: www.WePlayWithTheDead.com
    We had a interesting discussion of mentalism, the origins of the seance and escape artistry, and how crazy popular mysticism was in the 1890-1910 era. Thom and Jonathan are complete pros at audience interaction so it should have come as no surprise to me that they were non-stop interesting and engaging with great story after story and yet I was almost intimidated by how smooth they were in the interview. Normally I get time to check my notes and the levels as a guest pauses or struggles to find a phrase but this was 'all killer no filler' so I think this episode will be a joy to listen to.
    Links for Thom:
    https://freakshowtell.com/
    www.WePlayWithTheDead.com
    Links for Jonathan:
    https://www.likeamindreader.com/
    http://www.jonnyzavant.com/
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    Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?" - Laura Scruggs. Outro Music: "AYFY 1" - Christopher Kriz

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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I've been a guest on this podcast a couple of times, and it's always a really great time! The questions are insightful, there is a lot of empathy for modern artists, and the conversation always goes to VERY interesting places....

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Jake and Laura care so much about these artists, and it’s evident in their thoughtful and well-researched questions! Keep going, you’re great!

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