The “Go See a Show!” podcast is the only podcast dedicated to the independent, off-off-Broadway theatre scene in New York City. Episodes feature interviews with artists making theatre in NYC, discussing the ideas and process behind their work.
Heather E. Cunningham & Sara Thigpen of “On the Verge”
Listen in as Retro Productions Artistic Director Heather E. Cunningham, who also plays Fanny in the cast, along with director Sara Thigpen, discuss looking at the past through the lens of theatre and theatre through the lens of history, enthusiasm to jump in and play, suggestions vs. specificity, getting back to the live space post-COVID, and how it seems like everything comes back around again, in their production of Eric Overmyer’s On the Verge.
“…I love what it says about America, what it says about our history. The language is beautiful…”
Retro Productions presents
On the Verge
written by Eric Overmyer
directed by Sara Thigpen
thru September 24, 2022
The Gene Frankel Theater
24 Bond Street
tickets: $25 ($22 students/seniors), available via OvationTix
photos by Kyle Connolly, Connolly Photo NYC
Alec Duffy & Lori Elizabeth Parquet of “White on White”
Listen in as White on White co-directors Alec Duffy & Lori Elizabeth Parquet discuss the Hoi Polloi process, developing and discovering a play with the playwright, avoiding spoilers, how to examine whiteness in a theatrical context, troubling the waters, taking theatre to an extreme place, and asking questions that we’re all “answering for ourselves, all the time.”
“…this is difficult stuff to talk about intellectually, let alone theatrically…to really tell the truth about what whiteness is. Because I feel like one of the tools of whiteness is to be vague about it, to be obscure about it, to not be straightforward about it…so that it can continue to exist…”
Hoi Polloi presents
White on White
written by Robert Quillen Camp
directed by Alec Duffy & Lori Elizabeth Parquet
thru July 16, 2022
20 Putnam Ave
tickets: SOLD OUT; wait list begins at 7pm each night
photos by David Gonsier
Blake Habermann & Jae Woo of “Take Shape”
Listen in as Blake Habermann & Jae Woo, performers in Broken Box Mime Theater‘s newest show Take Shape, discuss being prepared, music for mime, outbursts from toddlers, the benefits and difficulties of being a mime when masked, making some last-minute adjustments pre-show, breaking through language barriers, and making theatre accessible to as many people as possible.
“…we’ve been working on accessibility as part of our approach for all of our productions…being more inviting to different kinds of populations, people with different kinds of needs to come into the theater…”
Broken Box Mime Theater presents
performed and created by Nick Abeel, Becky Baumwoll, Ismael Castillo, Julia Cavagna, Géraldine Dulex, Blake Habermann, David Jenkins, Marissa Molnar, Kristin McCarthy Parker, Tasha Milkman, Regan Sims, Jae Woo, & Josh Wynter
thru May 1, 2022
Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre
502 West 53rd St.
tickets: $25, available via BrownPaperTickets
photos by Bjorn Bolinder
Kirk Gostkowski & Deven Anderson of “Garbageman”
Listen in as Garbageman performers Kirk Gostkowski and Deven Anderson discuss seeing the familiar onstage, truth in absurdity, the benefits of repartee, how the audience interacts with juxtaposed seriousness and silliness, how a difficult piece morphs and changes over time, and searching for the American dream.
“…the bottom line with this piece is, I feel like this topic needs to be discussed. And people are afraid to discuss it. Because what does it mean? What does it mean about our humanity, what does it mean about our families, and our neighbors, and people that we know in our society…and we can’t just sweep it under the rug. The only way things gets better is if we discuss it…It’s about humanity, ultimately…”
The Chain Theatre presents
written by Keith Huff
directed by Greg Cicchino
thru April 16, 2022
312 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor
tickets: $25, available via Eventive
photos by David Zayas, Jr.
Sara Fellini, Jillian Cicalese, & Caitlin Dullahan-Bates of “Ectoplasm”
Listen in as Ectoplasm playwright & director Sara Fellini, along with cast members Jillian Cicalese and Caitlin Dullahan-Bates, discuss “life and death and lust and love,” the stories we tell ourselves as we try to determine the truth, navigating society’s return to live in-person theatre while COVID is still a thing, layers of artifice and reality, and what it means to be making work together again.
“Right now, we don’t need tv. We don’t need movies. We have SO MANY SCREENS…you need a human being in front of you, who might make a mistake…who might do something brilliant and amazing that you would never see, you’d never feel the energy in the room…”
Spit & Vigor presents
written & directed by Sara Fellini
thru February 6, 2022
The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
tickets available via OvationTix
photos by Caitlin Ochs
John Bell, of Bread & Puppet Theater
Listen in as longtime Bread & Puppet Theater collaborator John Bell discusses the history and activism of the company, bringing together collaborators from disparate locations, an “accessible and unpretentious” style of theater,” the use and meaning of different kinds of chairs, survival & mutual support, and the magical precarity of live performance.
“…it’s a different type of theater work than what I think of as ‘straight theater’…it’s different, it’s looking around and making due with what’s there…creating from your own experience, using what you’ve got, not being hampered or set back by the challenges, but just sort of making it happen with whatever you have with you…”
Bread & Puppet Theater presents
written by Aeschylus
directed by Peter Schumann
Our Domestic Resurrection Circus
directed by Peter Schumann
thru December 19, 2021
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
tickets: $18, or $12 for students, seniors, and children
photo by Joseph Gresser
I’m working in NY for a month and a half this summer and I really hope a few episodes of Go See a Show drop while I’m there. I study theater, and would love to support some independent theatre while I’m there!
Great podcast, great listening all around
Really appreciate this podcast and Robert’s focus on supporting the off off Broadway community. I’m slightly biased, but I think some of the best work in NYC comes from OOB theater and it is refreshing that Robert and Go See a Show are highlighting these inventive artists and collaborators.